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Katherine Jenkins as the National Lottery hosts its star-studded annual Big Bash

Anyone venturing past London’s OVO Arena on Tuesday evening appeared to hit the jackpot as Katherine Jenkins helped The National Lottery celebrate another year of mainstream entertainment at its annual Big Bash. 

Jenkins was joined by an array of guests at the end of year party, hosted by Jason Manford and Alesha Dixon and featuring performances from the Welsh mezzo soprano, Adam Lambert, Cirque du Soleil, Joel Corry, Tom Grennan and Raye. 

On a night dedicated to the best of British TV over the last 12-months, former Love Island star Maura Higgins also made a special appearance alongside reality TV personality Jessica Wright and Lioness Jill Scott – back in the United Kingdom following her triumph on the latest series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

Opting for an elegant velvet gown, Katherine, 42, looked stunning as she made her way across the red carpet shortly after arriving at the Wembley venue. 

She added to her look with a pair of strappy peep-toe heels, while her hair was conventionally styled with a simple centre parting as she greeted onlookers ahead of her performance. 

Joining the singer, Maura, 32, looked equally stylish in a seasonal forest green minidress with a strapless detail, teamed with a pair of eye-catching gold heels. 

Meanwhile former The Only Way Is Essex Jessica, 37, arrived in a sparking black dress with fringed embellishments and a thigh-skimming hemline. 

The party will give 8000 National Lottery players the chance to attend for free as a thank you for their support.

Style: Katherine opted for an elegant velvet gown

Stunning: Maura looked stylish in a seasonal forest green minidress with a strapless detail while Katherine opted for an elegant velvet gown

Host Manford said of the event: ‘I’m delighted to be hosting The National Lottery’s Big Bash with Alesha. It’s going to be an incredible show, bringing the nation together to celebrate the most memorable moments of 2022.

‘Whether you’re lucky enough to get a ticket to see the show at Wembley or watching from your sofa at home, dig out your dancing shoes and join us for a cracking night. It’s going to be a big one!’

Co-host Dixon added: ‘It’s a night you will not want to miss. Think of it as a huge house party with an amazing line-up and a few hidden extras along the way!

‘Get dressed up from the comfort of your own home and come party with us – we’ve got your evening sorted.’

Campmates: I'm A Celeb winner Jill Scott cut an elegant figure in a white long-sleeved jumpsuit

Glamour: Scarlette Douglas opted for a multi-coloured sequinned mini dress

Campmates: I’m A Celeb winner Jill Scott cut an elegant figure in a white long-sleeved jumpsuit while Scarlette Douglas opted for a multi-coloured sequinned mini dress

I’m A Celeb winner Jill cut an elegant figure on the red carpet as she arrived in a white long-sleeved jumpsuit.

The garment featured a cut out detail and a sweetheart neckline while the former Lioness also sported a pair of black heels.

Oti Mabuse looked radiant as ever as she opted for a bright green mini dress with long sleeves and a cinched waist.

The garment also featured structured shoulders while the dancer added height to her frame with a pair of strappy heels.

Couple: I'm A Celebrity star Babatunde Aleshe looked in good spirits as he attended the event alongside his wife Leoni who opted for a bright red dress with a layered detail

Couple: I’m A Celebrity star Babatunde Aleshe looked in good spirits as he attended the event alongside his wife Leoni who opted for a bright red dress with a layered detail

Flawless: Rachel Stevens looked incredible in a black midi dress with a cut out detail

Wow: Jessica donned a sequinned garment with a tasselled hemline

Flawless: Rachel Stevens looked incredible in a black midi dress with a cut out detail while Jessica donned a sequinned garment with a tasselled hemline

Fellow Strictly Come Dancing star Katya Jones posed up a storm on the red carpet where she wore a black long-sleeved mini dress.

The outfit came complete with a gold bejewelled detail along the neck and hemline while Katya paired it with black knee-high boots.

Styling her brunette locks into loose waves, the professional dancer completed her look with a light palette of makeup.

I’m A Celebrity star Babatunde Aleshe looked in good spirits as he attended the event alongside his wife Leoni who opted for a bright red dress with a layered detail.

Pretty in pink: Ellie Simmonds opted for a long-sleeved fuchsia dress and black open-toed heels

Pretty in pink: Ellie Simmonds opted for a long-sleeved fuchsia dress and black open-toed heels

Attendees: Kadeena Cox caught the eye in a dark green shimmering dress

Looking good: Aimee Fuller sported a black velvet mini dress

Attendees: Kadeena Cox caught the eye in a dark green shimmering dress while snowboarder Aimee Fuller sported a black velvet mini dress

The comedian cut a dapper figure in a navy blazer and matching trousers with a floral print and completed his look with a white top and a pair of black shoes.

Babatunde’s fellow I’m A Celebrity campmate Scarlette Douglas turned heads in a multi-coloured long-sleeved mini dress with a shimmering sequinned embellishment.

The outfit featured a tassel detail along the arms and hemline while TV presenter Scarlette also wore pink heels with a silver detail.

Larking about: Aimee and Katya put on animated display as they posed together on the red carpet

Fun: Katya leaped on Aimee's pack and struck a playful pose

Larking about: Aimee and Katya put on animated display as they posed together on the red carpet

Carrying a fuchsia handbag, the A Place In The Sun host styled her locks into an eye-catching updo for the star-studded event.

Rachel Stevens looked incredible in a black midi dress with a cut out detail across the chest which she wore with matching heels.

Kadeena Cox caught the eye in a dark green midi dress with an off the shoulder detail and thigh-high leg split.  

Loved-up: First Dates star Fred Sierieix attended the event alongside his partner, whose name he has kept private

Loved-up: First Dates star Fred Sierieix attended the event alongside his partner, whose name he has kept private

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