Lost Voice Guy wins Britain’s Got Talent, first comedian to triumph
Lost Voice Guy has been crowned the winner of Britain’s Got Talent, the first comedian ever to win the show.
The Newcastle funnyman, whose cerebral palsy affects his ability to speak, uses a voice synthesizer for his act.
The 37-year-old, whose real name is Lee Ridley, will receive £250,000 in prize money and the opportunity to perform at the Royal Variety Performance.
Musical comedian Robert White – the bookies’ favourite – came second, while singer Donchez Dacres came third.
After the result was announced, Ridley said via his synthesizer: “I have been blown away by the support of the judges and the general public.
“I’m very excited to perform in front of the Queen.
“I’ve loved her since she sang Bohemian Rhapsody.
The comedian was bruised and wearing a plaster on his nose following a fall after his semi-final performance.
He quipped that he had been told to “smash it” in the final but his injury showed he had taken this advice too literally.
Interviewed for the final, he said: “When I am performing, it’s as if I have finally found my voice – and it’s a great feeling making people laugh.”
His biggest laugh of the night came with the joke: “I started off in a disabled Steps tribute band. We were called Ramps.”
In his prize-winning performance he also joked that he had had a facelift – and it was “almost as bad as Simon’s [show founder Simon Cowell].”
But Cowell took the jibe in good humour, saying after the results that he was thrilled to see the comedian win.
“You so deserved this,” he said.
Fellow judge Alesha Dixon agreed, saying that Ridley would “inspire so many people”.
Read the full article online: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-44335731
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