Andy Bell to appear on Popstar to Operastar

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 9 May 2011
Andy Bell

Andy Bell

Erasure singer Andy Bell is to join a host of other celebrities, including former 'X Factor' winner Joe McElderry, in the next series of 'Popstar to Operastar'

Erasure frontman Andy Bell is to appear on 'Popstar to Operastar'.

The 47-year-old singer will join a host of other celebrities - including former 'X Factor' winner Joe McElderry - in the new series of the ITV show, which teaches pop stars how to sing opera.

According to the Daily Star newspaper, A-Ha singer Morten Harket is another musician reportedly willing to train his voice to be Pavarotti-perfect.

An insider said Joe was hoping the appearance would help boost his profile after recently being dropped by his recording label.

A source told the Sunday Mirror: "Joe loves to sing - he's not bothered about what people will say. He will prosper from doing a show like this.

"He's incredibly talented and thinks appearing on the show could open up a whole new chapter. He's always loved the West End and thrill of performing live - it's when he's at his best."

"Considering the deal with Syco has just fizzled out, Joe's in a great place right now. He's investing his money wisely and making sure he has something to show for all of his hard work."

Presented by Myleene Klass and former TV gardener Alan Titchmarsh, the contest has formerly had the likes of Bernie Nolan, Kym Marsh and The Saturdays' Vanessa White swapping pop tunes for practising their arias.

They were judged by a panel including 'Bat Out of Hell' rocker Meatloaf, opera singer Katherine Jenkins and interior designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.

Last year, the competition was won by former 'Pop Idol' finalist Darius Campbell.


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