Star-studded judging panel confirmed for The FxEctive Factor 2018

23rd February 2018

More exciting news from The FxEctive Factor vegan musical talent contest at VegfestUK Brighton this year – after unveiling 9 quality nominees for the competition, the organisers have just confirmed the appearance of 5 high-profile celebrities for the judging panel at the competition.

Judging panel

Rozalla

After headlining at last year’s VegfestUK Bristol, singer Rozalla is back with VegfestUK at Brighton. Rozalla began performing at a young age in her native Zambia singing in clubs and at events; then at age 13, she was singing on a children’s TV show. While still in her teens, she relocated to Zimbabwe where she fronted various R&B cover bands before beginning her own recording career with a resultant five number-one hits on that nation’s chart. In 1988, Rozalla moved to London to work with the Band of Gypsies, a production duo who with her, wrote and produced her most successful singles and her debut album. Rozalla’s notable singles include the 90’s hit “Born to Luv Ya”, and of course the dance anthem “Everybody’s Free (To Feel Good)”, as well as “Faith (In the Power of Love)” and “Are You Ready to Fly?”. Rozalla continues to perform in clubs all over the UK and the world, and has recently released a brand new song “Can You Feel The Love” featuring David Anthony.

Wendy Turner-Webster

Journalist, television presenter and animal rights campaigner Wendy Turner-Webster has been one of VegfestUK’s regulars at previous events at Brighton and London. Wendy does not eat or wear animals and is Patron of the Vegan Society, Viva! and the Vegetarian Society. In 2006, she launched an online footwear company, “Secret Goddess”, which specialised in ultra-glamorous boots and shoes of non-animal origin. Wendy also co-presents her own TV show Crafty Beggars (www.craftybeggars.tv) alongside her good friend Julie Peasgood).

Jasmine Harman

After her last appearance at VegfestUK London 2017, presenter Jasmine Harman is back at the upcoming Brighton event. Prior to working in television, Jasmine had a successful career in the Health Club industry. She is a qualified fitness instructor and lived in the Algarve for several years, working as Marketing Manager for a luxury health resort. It was here that she began writing professionally and developed her passion for broadcast, hosting her own twice-weekly live magazine show on the Algarve’s most popular radio station – Kiss FM. Jasmine supports a number of charity projects. Recent events include taking 192 seriously ill children on the holiday of a lifetime to Orlando with Dreamflight, trading billions of pounds on the stock market to raise money for Breast Cancer Care, and dog sledding in the Arctic in -31°C for the Dog’s Trust – not exactly A Place in the Sun!

Marc Abraham

Marc Abraham, or ‘Marc the Vet’ as he is more commonly known, is a practising veterinary surgeon, author, and animal welfare campaigner based in Brighton. Marc qualified from Edinburgh University and has since worked in small animal, mixed, and emergency practice, as well as volunteering overseas for animal rescue projects including vaccinating dogs against rabies in Mumbai, rescuing dancing bears in Ukraine, saving cats and dogs in post-tsunami Thailand, neutering pets in the Amazon, and operating on moon bears in Chengdu, China. Marc is a producer of movie documentary DogByDog, as well as proud patron of a few animal welfare charities including Oldies Club, Labrador Retriever Rescue Southern England, K9 Crusaders, Speaking Out For Animals, and is also an active supporter of various animal welfare organisations including Animals Asia, The Mayhew Animal Home, Wood Green Animal Shelter, and many more.

Peter Egan

Finally, actor Peter Egan will be back at VegfestUK Brighton 2018 after his appearance in the Easy Veganism panels at the corresponding event last year. Going vegan has had a huge impact for Peter Egan – One of the greats of British TV, theatre and film whose acting career is approaching 50 years. Starring in the much loved Ever Decreasing Circles in the 80’s and Peter has worked non stop with his more recent role as the Marquess of Flintshire in Downtown Abbey. Going vegan “simplified and confirmed his life”. Peter campaigns against the dog meat trade and for a vegan lifestyle and was awarded Celebrity Animal Hero of the Year. Peter also brought a great deal of laughter to our VegfestUK awards in London last year and we are delighted that he is coming over to be with us in Brighton.

Note on The FxEctive Factor

The FxEctive Factor returns to VegfestUK Brighton in 2018 on the Saturday March 24th 2018 after its debut back in 2016, with vegan musicians showcasing their chosen songs in front of a panel of judges.

Voting to become one of the contestants is underway – you can vote for your favourite song in the poll here, which will run until  February 28th.

The contestant with the least amount of votes after voting closes on February 28th will lose their place in the final performance-based competition in March, leaving 8 contestants in the final.

The competition for the remaining 8 contestants will be held on Saturday March 24th between 1-4pm on the Performance Stage at VegfestUK Brighton.

Votes from the poll before the competition will form half of the final score of each contestant, with the other half of the score coming from the judging panel.