Sir Elton John has launched a contest to win the chance to make videos for Bennie & The Jets, Tiny Dancer and Rocket Man, supported by You Tube, ahead of his Widnes gig on June 18.

In celebration of Elton John and Bernie Taupin’s 50th anniversary of their songwriting partnership, Elton,  is giving undiscovered creative talent the chance to create official music videos for three iconic songs: “Rocket Man,” “Tiny Dancer,” and “Bennie and the Jets.”

As these songs were released before the rise of the music video, this competition gives aspiring creators the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to showcase these best-loved hits like never before.

“Elton John: The Cut” was launched on Monday 12 December at YouTube’s year end show Brandcast, hosted by James Corden, with entries officially opening to the public on Jan. 9, 2017.

Applicants can find contest details and advice on how to enter the competition at

Music video entries for each of the songs will feature different artistic elements – submissions for “Rocket Man” will feature animation, “Tiny Dancer” will be live-action, and “Bennie and the Jets” will feature choreography.

Together with a panel of YouTube creators and celebrated music and industry judges, Elton
John and his writing partner Bernie Taupin will select three winners, and those winning entries
will premiere on YouTube in the summer of 2017.

YouTube’s support provides the applicants of the three winning submissions with the resources necessary to realise their vision, from funding production to use of the YouTube Space facilities.

The production of the final music videos will be supported by Pulse Films – a world-class
production studio and the talent behind Beyonce’s Emmy nominated “Lemonade” film.

YouTube will also award the prize fund of ten thousand U.S. dollars to the winning creators to support future video-based creative projects.

Elton John said: “We’re excited to partner with YouTube to bring together generations of iid:
artists and music lovers around a shared passion for storytelling. YouTube is a rich tapestry of creativity, and I can’t wait to see how the breadth of talent from the dance, live-action and animation communities apply their vision to these cherished songs.”

Three YouTube creators, each with experience in animation, choreography, and live-action, will be responsible for shortlisting a set amount of entries and presenting their choices to a panel of final judges, who will be revealed on Jan. 9, 2017.

The competition closes on January 23rd and is open to anyone over 16, subject to local terms
and conditions. To find out more about “Elton John: The Cut,” supported by YouTube, and how
to enter, please visit

Watch the campaign announcement here:

Elton John ticket sales have rocket(man)ed for his gig, here in Widnes, with more than 60 per cent sold in the first week, after the gig was announced by the star and Halton Borough Council.

But there are excellent tickets available. And you could be singing along to ‘I’m Still Standing’ while seated in comfort with one of our special packages, but they are going fast!

We have the following Wonderful Crazy Hospitality Packages available: Your Song Package £150 plus VAT – Standard Seating, access to function room with designated bar, two course meal, one concert programme per couple and a car park pass (per group of four.)

Crocodile Rock Package £180 plus VAT – Premium Seating, access to function room with designated bar, Prosecco on arrival, complimentary drink from the bar, canapes on arrival, three course meal, one concert programme per couple and a car park pass.

The £1,800 Rocket Man packages have already sold out, such was the interest in the gig.

He may have had a hit with ‘Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word’, but you have to apologise if you miss out on tickets for the music fan in your life! ‘Don’t Let The Sun Go Down’ on this opportunity!

Halton Borough Council’s Executive Board Member for The Stadium and Culture, Cllr Phil Harris, said “There has already been considerable interest in our hospitality since the tour date was announced so book today on to avoid missing out on a unique opportunity.”

For more details of these packages:
For hospitality enquiries: 0151 510 6000 or

General Tickets are £80, £60 & £40 (subject to booking fee) from
Note: General Admission Tickets are NOT AVAILABLE from the Stadium