I'm not a big fan of musicals, or of the singers who sing in them. Give me a good opera any day.
But there is something about Michael Ball that I have always liked. He has a cheeky grin, and seems to have a very cheerful nature. I first saw him on a TV quiz show about the world of entertainment, and his giggles were really endearing. He was also quite easy on the eye.
What's more, he can sing (though he overdoes the vibrato sometimes).
He is one of those guys (a bit like the lovely Vincent) who seems to have problems maintaining his weight, and I'm sure we'll hear more about that soon, as he is about to star in his own TV chat show.
But if these pictures, put together by a critic of course, are anything to go by, again like Vincent he is more appealing when there is a bit more of him.