Britain’s Got Talent star Lee Ridley, who goes by the stage name Lost Voice Guy, has said that the first thing he wants to do when he receives a new voice is to tell his parents that he loves them.
In 2018, stand-up comedian Lee won the 12th series of Britain’s Got Talent, going on to compete in America’s Got Talent: The Champions the following year.
Born in County Durham, Lee was diagnosed with a neurological form of cerebral palsy when was six months old, which affects his movement and means he is unable to talk.
Lee uses a synthesizer to speak, using the communication aid to perform his stand-up routines.
The performer is currently on the search for a new voice, as he would like his accent to sound closer to those of his relatives, who are from Consett, County Durham.
During an appearance on today’s edition of This Morning, Lee told co-presenters Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield that he will be sad to say goodbye to his current voice, as he’s ‘had this voice for most of my life’.
However, he is looking forward to having a Geordie accent, jokingly saying that he could choose to adopt actor Brian Blessed’s voice and ‘shout all the time’.
Lee said that it’s going to be a ‘hard decision to make’ deciding which voice he’d like to use.
‘I’ve had this voice for most of my life, so it’s a part of me now. And of course, everyone recognises it as my own voice, so it’s going to be strange,’ he said.
However, he is looking forward to having the same accent as his parents.
‘Hopefully I will end up with a nice Geordie accent,’ he said.
‘You’re going to think that I’m being soppy, but I’d like to tell my mum and dad how much I love them in my own accent.’
Lee added that the recordings for his new voice will take around six hours to complete.
Several This Morning viewers praised Lost Voice Guy on Twitter, with one person writing: ‘Absolutely legend Lost Voice Guy. Will be strange to here him with a different voice. But as long as it makes him happy. All that matters at the end of the day.’
‘Lost Voice Guy is such a laugh,’ another person added.
This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.