Dec Makes Huge Blunder After Announcing Lost Voice Guy Won BGT

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Declan Donnelly has done an excellent job of steering the Britain’s Got Talent ship solo, but unfortunately, he made a huge blunder when announcing this year’s winner.

Newcastle comic ‘Lost Voice Guy’ – real name Lee Ridley – was a worthy winner of the competition, becoming the very first comedian to win it.

However, Dec momentarily appeared to forget how the 37-year-old funnyman was unable to use his voice – hence his stage name – and had to speak through a tablet based synthesiser.

After announcing the results during Sunday’s final, (June 3) the 42-year-old presenter held the microphone towards the champion’s mouth; despite him being unable to speak due to his cerebral palsy.

When the exciting results were announced – much to the joy of the applauding audience – Lee used his synthesiser to express his gratitude in his usual humorous way:

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.

Lee was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at just six-months-old and subsequently lost the ability to speak.

However, he hasn’t let this hold his back from expressing himself; working as a journalist before turning to comedy.

You can watch the blunder for yourself below:

Fans were quick to note the blunder, sympathising with Dec for his mistake.

One person said:

If you ever feel awkward, just remember Dec went to give Lost Voice Guy the mic.

Another rushed to Dec’s defence, protesting:

In my opinion, Dec was doing his job with Lost Voice Guy just as he would anyone else. And why shouldn’t he?

Just because Lost Voice Guy doesn’t use his voice doesn’t mean he doesn’t require the mic towards him.

However, others were shocked at Dec’s error, describing his mistake as ‘ruthless.’

Another scolded:

Imagine passing the mic over to the lost voice guy !!! Come on Dec. [sic]

Earlier this week, Lee suffered a bad fall in the hotel room where he was staying. Despite his accident and subsequent injuries, he was determined to compete in the final.

Joking about his injuries, Lee tweeted a picture of his bruised face on Twitter with the following quip:

This is why Lost Balance Guy never made it onto #BGT.

Don’t worry though, it was only a trip. I’ll be match fit for the final on Sunday!

His perseverance paid off, and he truly tickled the public’s funny bones in the live final; beating bookies’ favourite and fellow comedian, Robert White.

Fans were delighted by his success, hailing him as an inspiration for those facing challenges in life.

One person tweeted:

What Lost Voice Guy is able to do despite the loss of his voice is nothing short of incredible. That is talent right there.

Another said:

Lost voice guy stands for much more than comedy, he stands for all those people out there with a disability and showing the world no matter what life throws at you, you can still live your best life.

Well done Lee! A worthy winner!

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Julia Banim

Julia Banim

Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications. When not Lad-ing about, she enjoys cooking, reading and trying not to fall over in Yoga.