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Synonyms for show-stopper

an act so striking or impressive that the show must be delayed until the audience quiets down

something that is strikingly attractive or has great popular appeal

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The catwalk on the ramp of Umsha collection was pleasing to eye and also pleasing on ears as the background music of the collection was based on Abida Parveen's magical voice Ghoom Charkra, the ever-charming Saba Qamar was the show-stopper of this collection.
But the house - filled with Dubai's social set - came alive when Bollywood stars Siddharth Malhotra ( Student of the Year ), Kriti Sanon ( Bareilley Ki Barfi ) and director-producer Karan Johar (who paired his walk with a playful wink at the audience) made an entrance as his show-stoppers.
It's a real show-stopper for the young singer who is based in Sion Mills and who comes from Raphoe.
He tells of doing an "entire concert," including "Love for Sale," his show-stopper from Torch Song, but didn't think it would go any further.
While this soulful ballad was a show-stopper during the band's last four years in concert, this final version is unique.
The colt's participation in the Australian show-stopper on November 2 had been in the balance since he finished last of four in the Geoffrey Freer Stakes at New- bury a fortnight ago.
Wilkins was a show-stopper in the "Schnofler Tanz," a portrait of a happily introspective maiden.
Remixes also perpetuate the legacy of '70s dance music in a host of updated versions of standards such as Candi Staton's "Young Hearts Run Free" (remade by Respect featuring Hannah Jones) or the Donna Summer/Barbra Streisand epic "No More Tears (Enough is Enough)" (reworked hugely successfully this year by Kym Mazelle and Jocelyn Brown), or the old Dreamgirls show-stopper "And I Am Telling You" (astoundingly rerecorded by Donna Giles).
This is not a problem in many consumer uses, but is another show-stopper for using flash in applications that must be frequently rewritten, such as computer main memories or the buffer memories in networks or storage systems.
In one half, artists who are members of the RSA have their work on display, including John Byrne and sculptor David Mach, whose giant puma made from coat-hangers is a real show-stopper.
Keeping with the popular tradition of including a Bollywood star on the ramp, Indian designer Archana Kochhar has roped in Bollywood actress Chitrangada Singh as a show-stopper for a fashion show at Dubai's Atlantis, The Palm on May 27.
GUESTS at Rio Ferdinand's party eagerly awaiting a show-stopper of a performance by Robbie Williams were left fuming .
Some of the show-stopper numbers like The Sun In The Morning and You Can't Get A Man With A Gun make you sit up and take notice - but in general this is a show that runs like a well-oiled machine without actually offering the tingle that would lift it up a notch.
But it's the headlong charge of My Neighbour's House that's the show-stopper, a political pop-rock anthem that asks tough questions about conscience.
The distinctive plane, nicknamed Tante Ju, or Aunty Ju, is now taken by Lufthansa all over the world for shows and promotions, and has proved to be a spectacular show-stopper wherever it has appeared.