Wham!’s Andrew Ridgeley vows to never perform band’s hits after George Michael’s death
EXCLUSIVE: The 57-year-old singer, whose back catalogue includes Wake Me Up (Before You Go) from his time in the duo, says performing on stage is a ‘young person’s game’
Wham! star Andrew Ridgeley says he is unlikely to ever return to the stage after the death of George Michael and he vowed to never perform any of the group’s hits again.
The 57-year-old singer, whose back catalogue includes Wake Me Up (Before You Go), Last Christmas and Club Tropicana from his time in the duo, says performing on stage is a “young person’s game”.
“It’s an amazing privilege to perform for an audience paying to hear the music that you’ve recorded,” he says. “I am not sure that ever really leaves one completely. But it’s not for now.”
He added: “And certainly not Wham! – I don’t think I could do Wham! stuff on my own. I just wouldn’t want to. It just wouldn’t be the same.”
Wham! sold more than 30 million records, making them biggest acts in the 80s, before George went solo.
After George died on Christmas Day 2016, as a result of heart and liver disease, the three remaining members – Andrew, and backing singers Pepsi and Shirlie, reunited to pay tribute to their friend at the Brit Awards the following year.
“There are people much better placed to make music than me,” continues Andrew. “It’s always been a young person’s game.”
Gemma Collins’ Mykonos escape
Just as Gemma Collins vowed to spend her summer exploring the UK, she jetted off to Mykonos to explore Greece instead.
Norfolk, she had claimed, was a potential hotspot for her holiday plans because of fond memories of her weight-loss boot camps there.
“I used to break out… and go and get a Chinese,” she laughed.
Still, it’s probably for the best Gemma didn’t experiment with camping, as she warned she’d require a “link up to the police and a panic alarm” in her tent.
Dancing On Ice’s distancing dilemma
Dancing on Ice bosses have a little more time to play with their social-distancing setup than Strictly, so producers are experimenting with the idea of separating judges with Perspex.
Executive Producer Clodagh O’Donoghue explains: “We have got all those decisions to make on what works for cameras and lighting – like, will there be a reflection off the Perspex if we go from a certain angle? That is something we are resolving.”
It’s just a shame these measures will come in after the departure of catty former judge Jason Gardiner – the contestants might have liked him to be fenced off.