Bette Midler Wings Way To First UK TV Special; ITV To Feature Songs & Sit-Down

Singer-actress Bette Midler will appear in her first UK television special later this fall with Bette Midler: One Night Only. Hosted by Ab Fab‘s Joanna Lumley, the ITV program will feature musical performances intercut with an interview with Midler and a look back at her career. Among the tunes she’ll perform are Beaches anthem “Wind Beneath My Wings,” 1990 hit “From A Distance” and “The Rose,” the title song from her 1979 breakout movie for which she received a Best Actress Oscar nomination. Speaking of the Oscars, Midler made her performance debut on the telecast last year with a pretty spectacular rendition of “Wind Beneath My Wings” following the In Memoriam tribute.

The ITV special comes just as the Divine Miss M is preparing to release her first studio album in eight years, It’s The Girls! She’ll also perform songs from that record. Says Midler: “I can’t believe this is really my first special in the UK. What have we been waiting for all these years? We’re going to have a ball.” A final airdate for the ITV special has not yet been set.

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