LOST Voice Guy’s life changed when he won Britain’s Got Talent back in 2018.
Now, he’s back TONIGHT for the ultimate showdown in Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions. But what is his real name and how did he lose his voice? Here’s what we know…
Who is Lost Voice Guy?
Lost Voice Guy is called Lee Ridley.
He was born on December 31, 1980 in Consett, County Durham.
Lee studied to be a journalist at the University of Central Lancashire between 1999-2002, and went on to achieve a master’s degree in the same field.
By 2006 he was working for the BBC and local newspapers before becoming an online content manager for Sunderland in 2007.
Is Lost Voice Guy doing Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions?
Yes! Lost Voice Guy is one of many acts to be taking part in the ultimate showdown of BGT talent.
He will be battling it out against the likes of Stavros Flatley, Collabro, Ashleigh and Sully, George Sampson, Jai MacDowall and Paul Potts.
But it remains to be seen who will be crowned the ultimate victor in the show’s history.
Hopefully Lee’s experience in America’s Got Talent: The Champions served as good practice for the comedian!
How did Lost Voice Guy get into comedy?
It wasn’t until 2012 that Lee began performing comedy – inspired by a gig held by Ross Noble in which Lee challenged him to do an impression of physicist Stephen Hawking.
Lost Voice Guy took to the stage at Edinburgh Festival in 2013 but was forced to cut his run short after getting pneumonia.
After winning the BBC Radio New Comedy Awards in 2014, Lee decided to turn his attentions to a professional comedy career in 2015.
His first bit was called Disability for Dunces which he debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe that year.
Lee followed up this act the following year with ‘Volume 2’ of the show and then a new show called Inspiration Porn in 2017.
In 2018, before taking part in BGT he co-wrote and starred in Radio 4’s sitcom Ability alongside Katherine Jakeways.
He is a patron for The Sequal Trust.
In his acts, Lee uses a series of pre-programmed sentences put into a voice synthesizer called Speak It!, which he uses through a tablet computer, to speak.
What happened with Lost Voice Guy on BGT?
Lost Voice Guy became the first comedian to win the show in its history back in 2018.
In the final which drew in 8.7 million viewers, he edged out competition from musical comedian Robert White, who came second, and singer Donchez Dacres who placed third.
After being crowned victor, the comedian was clearly touched confessing: “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.”
Before joking: “I’ve loved her since she sang Bohemian Rhapsody.”
He also revealed: “When I am performing, it’s as if I have finally found my voice – and it’s a great feeling making people laugh.”
What’s Lost Voice Guy’s disability and how did he lose his voice?
Lee was diagnosed with a neurological form cerebral palsy when he was six months old.
This is believed to have been caused by a brain infection that left him comatised for two months and would then affect his mobility and speech.
Due to complications resulting from his disability, Ridley has been unable to speak for more than 30 years.
This means that he relies on a Lightwriter for daily communication.
What has Lost Voice Guy done since BGT?
Since winning Britain’s Got Talent in 2018, Lee has been pretty busy!
He went on to compete in America’s Got Talent: The Champions.
Though unfortunately was eliminated in the preliminaries.
When does Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions start?
The BGT spin-off kicked off on ITV on Saturday, August 31.
The series will run for six weeks – with this in mind the show is likely to end on October 5, 2019.
We know that the final was taped at Wembley Arena at the end of July.
Embarrassingly enough, the act who won the contest showed off their trophy outside the arena – we won’t spoil it for you, but if you do care to know who’s won the show, a simple Twitter search will bring up the answer in no time.