Australia has made another mark on the global entertainment stage after our own Nathan Foley was named Princess Cruises’ Entertainer of the Year.
A product of Liverpool in Sydney, Foley will likely be recognised and best remembered as one of the five original members of popular children’s music group “HI-5” from its inception in 1998 through to his departure from the group a decade later. Nowadays, he regularly performs aboard Princess Cruises ships around the world with an act drawing upon his talents of singing and dancing.
Along with three other finalists, Foley participated in the judging process during a Caribbean Princess cruise to the Bahamas. Wowing guests with his talents, the NSW native was voted as the winner by guests on the final night of the cruise at a celebratory event in the ship’s signature venue, The Piazza.
In the lead-up to the final, Foley was selected by the Princess Cruises Entertainment Department from hundreds of other hopefuls including comedians, magicians, vocalists, tribute bands and novelty performers as one of four finalists, based on audience reaction and a record number of passenger surveys received.
The award compliments Foley’s three Logies, five ARIA’s, and a Helpmann Award that spans a 23-year career both with “Hi-5” and as a solo artist.
Princess Cruises established the “Entertainer of the Year” awards in order to celebrate the diverse and exclusive talent aboard its ships. Any guest entertainer is eligible to receive the accolade and can be nominated through a combination of fellow entertainment staff and passenger feedback. Foley is the fifth winner of Princess’ Entertainer of the Year award and is one of hundreds of guest entertainers who work with the cruise line each year as part of its onboard entertainment programme.