Take That star Mark Owen had fans doing a double take as he took to the stage to perform solo at the National Lottery’s Big Jubilee Street Party. To mark Her Majesty the Queen’s 70-year reign the Four Minute Warning singer was among the pop royalty at Manchester’s AO Arena last month.
And as the event was televised on ITV as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend, viewers couldn’t help but notice that Mark, from Oldham, was looking very different these days with shoulder-length hair and a moustache. He dazzled during his performance, including the massive Take That hit Shine, in a sparkling gold suit.
Many viewers took to Twitter to remark that he looked like the Leigh Francis comedy character Keith Lemon who is famed for sporting a moustache. @scottmossop asked: “When did Mark Owen turn into Keith Lemon?” And @alexr_241 said: “I didn’t even recognise that was Mark Owen.”
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@Adders_ tweeted: “Why Mark Owen fancy dress as Keith Lemon?” @itsthatpbird asked: “Who is that? Is it Mark Owen?” @bloke2_tall exclaimed: “Mark Owen on ITV! OMG what’s going on with the long (unkempt) hair and moustache.”
@RangersRobbie83 asked: “That Mark Owen?” @mishybabez_ commented: “I thought Mark Owen was Keith Lemon.” @Tubby_Astronaut said: “I genuinely thought Mark Owen was @lemontwittor on The Big Jubliee Street Party on @ITV #whatwashewearing #moustache.” And @swilliams73 tweeted: “Mark Owen looks erm, different.”
Mark, who shot to fame with the boyband Take That in the early 90s, has unveiled his new look as he releases his new solo track You Only Want Me from his first album in almost a decade Land of Dreams. And fans were delighted to see him on their screens at the Jubilee concert on a line-up also including Becky Hill, Kaiser Chiefs, Steps, Heather Small, Calum Scott and Ella Henderson.
@DellieAndrew tweeted: “Aww I love Mark Owen.” And @lisamg2304 said: “Mark Owen you absolutely cutie!!! Love ya.” And @debbienando14 wrote: “Absolutely love watching this guy @OfficialMarkO he rocks that sparkly outfit like a star that he is.”