Lost Voice Guy: I’m gonna buy a new why-aye pad…
BRITAIN’S GOT Talent winner Lost Voice Guy is to spend some of his £250,000 prize money on a Geordie accent for his iPad.
The comedian — who has cerebral palsy and cannot speak — won the huge sum, along with the chance to star at this year’s Royal Variety Performance, when he triumphed in Sunday’s grand final.
‘I’m definitely going to get a Geordie accent for my iPad because I’m sick of sounding like a posh version of Robocop,’ he joked after his triumph
And the 37-year-old funnyman — whose real name is Lee Ridley — hopes his win will help to remove some of the stigma attached to disability.
The Geordie-born contestant — who won the final with 21 per cent of the vote — also admitted he is ‘really grateful’ for the support he has received during his time on BGT.
Speaking on ITV’s Lorraine show, he said: ‘I’d like to think I’ve opened people’s eyes a bit and made them realise that being disabled isn’t all bad. I hope that by seeing disabled people like myself on national television some of the stigma will be taken away from disability.
‘I’ve been overwhelmed by the support I’ve received. In fact, I think that’s the best part of this whole experience. Everyone has shown so much love ever since my audition and I’m really very grateful for it.’
Lee, who delivers his one-liners via a text-to-speech synthesizer, added: ‘To be honest, it’s all still a bit surreal. The whole night was incredible and it was an amazing feeling when I won. I was up against some great acts, so it was an honour that the public voted for me.’
Author: Andrei Harmsworth