Jingle Bell Ball 2012 Live Blog - Saturday 8th December

8 December 2012, 20:11 | Updated: 30 March 2016, 13:50

Check out all the latest gossip as day one of this year's event takes place at the O2 Arena today.

We're back at the O2 Arena and today is the day! Capital FM will be coming live from the backstage area at the Jingle Bell Ball as some of the biggest artists in hit music take to the stage on day one.

If you followed yesterday's backstage blog, then you know you can expect all the gossip, pictures, videos and Twitter action right here.

Today's Jingle Bell Ball will be a day to remember – and here are the artists that are going to make it happen: Bruno Mars, One Direction, Cheryl Cole, JLS, Little Mix, The Script, Rizzle Kicks and Lawson.

Basically, it's going to massively exciting – and we'll be bringing you all the action in real time along the way.

Keep refreshing this page because we'll be updating it all day as the action unfolds. Don't forgot to join in the debate by posting a comment on this page.

Live Blog

11:59am - Sneaking back on to tell you to head to our Sunday live blog for all the latest action from day two of the Jingle Bell Ball.

23:14pm - We think you could say that's a wrap for day one, but before we go, here's a must-click link for you to enjoy. Hope you enjoyed it - and don't forget to come back tomorrow for day two!

The biggest and most beautiful pictures from Saturday's epic Jingle Bell Ball 2012.

22:54pm - We're getting a bit emotional, Bruno's just closed day one of the Jingle Bell Ball with 'Just The Way You Are'. There is confetti shooting into the sky!

Here's the Bruno Mars Jingle Bell Ball setlist:

  • 'Locked Out Of Heaven'
  • 'Marry You'
  • 'Money/Billionaire'
  • 'Treasure'
  • 'Young Girls'
  • 'Valerie'
  • 'Runaway Baby'
  • 'Grenade'
  • 'Just The Way You Are'

Bruno Mars Closes Day One Of Capital FM's Jingle Bell Ball 2012

22:34pm - Bruno Mars just said some lovely words about Mark Ronson, whose watching his set side of stage. He's just launched into a cover of Amy Winehouse's version of The Zuton's 'Valerie', which the super-producer was responsible for.

22:27pm - *DING DONG* Hear that? It's the sound of amazing picture gallery o'clock. We had a super star-studded red carpet on day one of the Jingle Bell Ball and you can see all the highlights below...

Get a load of the stars arriving for the epic Jingle Bell Ball 2012 on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th December.

22:18pm - It's been a while since we brought you some setlists, so these will bring you up to date. Don't forget to click the links to see the full reports.

One Direction Jingle Bell Ball setlist:

  • 'C'mon C'mon'
  • 'Live While We're Young'
  • 'Kiss You'
  • 'What Makes You Beautiful'
  • 'Little Things'

One Direction Thrill London's O2 Arena On Day One Of Jingle Bell Ball 2012

Cheryl Cole Jingle Bell Ball setlist:

  • 'Fight For This Love'
  • 'Promise This'
  • 'Under The Sun'
  • '3 Words'
  • 'Call My Name'

Cheryl Cole Joined By Will.i.am At Jingle Bell Ball 2012

Rizzle Kicks Jingle Bell Ball setlist:

  • 'When I Was A Youngster'
  • 'Santa Claus Is Coming To Town'
  • 'Down With The Trumpets'
  • 'Mama Do The Hump'

Rizzle Kicks Cover Christmas Classic At Capital FM Jingle Bell Ball 2012

22:15pm - Bruno Mars, our final act of the night, has just taken to the stage to round off what has been an amazing first day of this year's Jingle Bell Ball. You'll be pleased to know the sassy dance moves were out in full!

21:52pm - Meanwhile, Lawson have become the latest people to find Lawson backstage. We loved this photo so much we had to put it on the blog.

21:50pm - One Direction are on stage RIGHT NOW and the roof on the O2 Arena is struggling to stay on. #Loud

21:37pm - Hey look, it's only Taylor Swift and James Barr. Told you she was here!

21:28pm - OK, so the surprises KEEP ON COMING tonight! Look who just joined Cheryl on stage. It's only her manager Will.i.am!

21:23pm - Here she is...


21:14pm - Another OMG moment - Cheryl has just taken to the stage and she's kicked off her performance with 'Fight For This Love'. She is wearing a black figure-hugging jumpsuit that has to be seen to be believed. Stay tuned for a picture!

21:05pm - It's non-stop backstage. We've been joined by magician James Went, whose been dazzling some of today's artists backstage with some tricks. You can see his trick with JLS below, and click the link to see The Script trick.

The Script Mini Rubix Cube Trick With Magician James Went At Jingle Bell Ball – Video

20:49pm - WOW! Everyone's got their mobile phones out for Lawson's performance of 'Standing In The Dark' and it looks incredible! If you're at home, get your phone out and wave it at the screen... Ok maybe not.

We took a picture...

20:45pm - Some amazing backstage photos from the backstage area...

As the final touches are made to the Jingle Bell Ball show, check out our live gallery of backstage pictures, showing what's happening at the O2 Arena.

20:38pm - Lawson are on stage right now and rumour has it that Taylor Swift (who arrived as a surprise Baller with One Direction) is watching them side of stage.

She says Hi!

20:17pm - Are you down with the trumpets? The O2 Arena certainly is. The crowd is currently going wild for Rizzle Kicks. There is also some crazy cool effects going on with the stage - be sure to check that out when he pop the performances up.

20:08pm - Here's a round-up of The Script's set and their entire setlist.

The Script Jingle Bell Ball setlist:

  • 'For The First Time'
  • 'The Man Who Can't Be Moved'
  • 'Breakeven'
  • 'Six Degrees Of Separation'
  • 'Hall Of Fame'

The Script Wow London's O2 Arena During Performance At Jingle Bell Ball 2012

19:56pm - Some setlists and reports so far...

JLS Jingle Bell Ball setlist:

  • 'She Makes Me Wanna'
  • 'Eyes Wide Shut'
  • 'The Club Is Alive'
  • 'Hold Me Down'
  • 'Hottest Girl In The World'

 JLS Kick Off Day One Of The Jingle Bell Ball With Hit-Filled Performance

Little Mix Jingle Bell Ball setlist:

  • 'DNA'
  • 'Super Bass'
  • 'We Are Young'
  • 'Wings'

Little Mix Cover Nicki Minaj and Fun. During Jingle Bell Ball 2012 Performance

19:52pm - The Script's Danny has just dedicated 'Hall Of Fame' to the entire O2 Arena - thanks Danny! He's singing the song like a champioooonnn on the walkway.

19:21pm - Little Mix are on stage right now at the Jingle Bell Ball! Sounds great girls, even without Perrie.

19:17pm - It's official: Haylor aka Harry Styles AND Taylor Swift are at the Jingle Bell Ball. She jetted in over night just to see One Direction!

Taylor Swift Flies In To See One Direction At Jingle Bell Ball 2012

19:06pm - We've just heard something really amazing...

18:56pm - Not at the Jingle Bell Ball but want to see what the opening was like? Well, don't say we don't spoil you!

18:52pm - "There ain't no party like a Capital FM party." You know that's right Marvin! JLS are on stage and the Jingle Bell Ball IS GO!

18:37pm - AMAZEBALLS! This is a reason to heart Jade from Little Mix...

17:45pm - Fans are arriving inside the O2 Arena right now and the energy is about the reach fever pitch. It's safe to say Lawson are quite excited!


16:57pm - We just snuck into the Capital filming room, where we'll be shooting all our online videos during the Ball and where Capital TV are also working. There's even a photobooth full of amazing props - brace yourselves!

16:19pm - Rich and Kat are on air right now, so tune in for some seriously awesome Jingle Bell Ball gossip...

On Air
Listen to Capital FM
> Rich And Kat: Live At The Jingle Bell Ball: 4pm - 6pm

15:51pm - Those One Direction boys have had a busy week, they've been warming up for the Jingle Bell Ball with two New York gigs, including a performance at Madison Square Garden. They only arrived back in the UK hours ago, but headed straight for the O2 with some interesting cuddly toys. Roar! (Click the picture more cuddly toy photos.)

Liam Payne with toy elephant
(Picture: Splash)

15:21pm - Bruno Mars is in the middle of his soundcheck RIGHT THIS SECOND. He's sounding pretty great. We're just hoping he brings out the sassy dance movers.

15:03pm - Keep it Capital FM now to hear The Bassman at the Jingle Bell Ball. Live link below...

On Air
Listen to Capital FM
> The Bassman: Live At The Jingle Bell Ball

14:06pm - A message from JLS' JB on Twitter:


13:58pm - There was lots of excitement over lunch about Cheryl's performance tonight. The 'Call My Name' star has already sound checked and people are expecting big things from her performance.

Because one helping of Cheryl is never enough, she'll be back tomorrow with a certain group called Girls Aloud. We're totally excited about that - and so is Cheryl, who's been chatting about rehearsals and more specifically Sarah Harding's dancing skills. Hit the link below to hear Cheryl's thoughts tomorrow...

 Cheryl Cole: "Sarah Harding Finds Learning Girls Aloud Dance Routines Hardest"

13:08 - It's all kicking off on Capital's Twitter. We're currently asking our followers to send in their #JBBFace. Here are some of our favourite so far...


12:33pm - Cheryl's just been on stage - we're having a bit of a moment right now - and, as you would expect Soliders, she was delivering the goods. As Professor Green says, you can read all about it here.

11:30am - JLS are making us wanna with their soundcheck right NOW! If you want to know what happened during Little Mix and Lawson's soundchecks, hit the links below.

Lawson Soundcheck At London's O2 Arena For Jingle Bell Ball 2012

Little Mix Begin Soundcheck At Jingle Bell Ball 2012

10:51am - It's non-stop action this morning. Little Mix are warming up on stage now for their performance tonight - the room is shaking with the sound of the Mix.

They're really excited about performing...


A little reminder, Perrie Edwards won't be joining the girls tonight – she's not very well. Get well soon Perrie!

10:29am - Morning! So we're here, back under the cover of the O2 Arena for day one of the Jingle Bell Ball. Are we excited? Umm, this GIF says it all…

Today's line-up is amazing: Bruno Mars, One Direction, Cheryl Cole, JLS, Little Mix, The Script, Rizzle Kicks and Lawson will all be performing today.

In fact, we just strolled past Lawson, who were sound checking and sounding GREAT!

And finally, it's time for today's weather. For anyone coming down to the O2 Arena today, we can report that the weather is #amaze. (OK, so it's always brilliant inside, but it's actually really good outside as well!)

P.S. - take a look at Friday's backstage blog to see what happened when Fake JLS took over our backstage area.