the Royal Va­ri­ety Per­for­mance

LEE RI­D­LEY, aka lost Voice Guy, per­forms for the duke and duchess of sus­sex

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EN­TER­TAIN­MENT ITV HD, 7.30pm Greg Davies hosts this year’s show from the Lon­don Pal­la­dium where Take That and Rick Ast­ley will be among those per­form­ing.

CO­ME­DIAN LEE RI­D­LEY, best known as Lost Voice Guy, shot to fame in June when he tri­umphed on this year’s Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent af­ter win­ning the votes, and hearts, of the na­tion with his hi­lar­i­ous stand-up rou­tine.

Since then, Ri­d­ley’s life has been a whirl­wind and, this week, he will be one of the per­form­ers tak­ing to the stage at the Lon­don Pal­la­dium in front of the Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex, Harry and Meghan.

Here, 37-year-old Ri­d­ley, who has a neu­ro­log­i­cal form of cere­bral palsy and com­mu­ni­cates us­ing a text-to-speech app on an ipad, re­veals why it’s a dream come true…

DID YOU WATCH THE Royal Va­ri­ety Per­for­mance AS A CHILD? Yes, we al­ways watched it to­gether as a fam­ily when I was lit­tle, so it has some very spe­cial mem­o­ries for me. A lot of my he­roes have per­formed on that stage at the Lon­don Pal­la­dium, so it’s amaz­ing to be fol­low­ing in their foot­steps.

CAN YOU HINT AT WHAT YOUR ROU­TINE WILL IN­VOLVE? It will be cheeky, mis­chievous but most of all funny. There may be one or two jokes es­pe­cially for the Duke and Duchess; I can’t wait to meet them. They’re def­i­nitely the coolest roy­als at the mo­ment.

TAKE THAT, RICK AST­LEY AND THE CAST OF Hamil­ton ARE SOME OF THE PER­FORM­ERS TAK­ING PART. WHO ARE YOU MOST EX­CITED ABOUT MEETING? Take That! I’m se­cretly hop­ing they’ll let me be the new Rob­bie Wil­liams and we can have a No.1 hit to­gether. I’ve got a great singing voice, af­ter all! And I’m ex­cited about meeting Greg Davies, who’s host­ing. I love his stand-up. HOW NER­VOUS WILL YOU BE ON STAGE? It’s go­ing to be a nerve-rack­ing ex­pe­ri­ence – never in my wildest dreams did I ex­pect to be per­form­ing in front of the Royal Fam­ily. It’s been a great year for me and this is go­ing to be the ic­ing on the cake. I just hope I don’t hit the wrong but­ton and swear in front of Harry and Meghan.

HOW HAS WIN­NING Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent CHANGED YOUR LIFE? Mas­sively! Win­ning the show has opened a lot of doors for me. I’m go­ing on a big UK tour next year and I’m also writ­ing a book called I’m Only in It for the Park­ing, which has al­ways been a dream of mine. Next year is go­ing to be even busier. I’m writ­ing an­other se­ries of my Ra­dio 4 sit­com Abil­ity. I just hope my bat­ter­ies don’t run out in be­tween all of that.

WHAT DO PEO­PLE SAY TO YOU WHEN THEY SEE YOU OUT AND ABOUT? I get recog­nised a lot, es­pe­cially in my home city of New­cas­tle. Mostly it’s peo­ple ask­ing for self­ies and con­grat­u­lat­ing me on my suc­cess. I’m re­ally flat­tered by it all.


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