Heather rejects Joe McElderry in favour of staying on air

Joe McElderry

A Radio Clatterbridge presenter has turned down the chance to appear on stage with a former winner of The X Factor in favour of staying on air in the health park.

Heather Smith explained to listeners that her choir was invited to take part in a special performance to mark the 30th anniversary of Blood Brothers by empresario Bill Kenwright.

She told Live From The Bridge co-host Mal Vaughan how Joe McElderry was due to sing the heartbreaking Tell Me It’s Not True at Liverpool's Empire Theatre - where Blood Brothers began life in 1987.

McEldery, who won The X Factor in 2007, has since gone on to star in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and is on a nationwide tour with songs from his hotly anticipated new album Saturday Night At The Movies.

He was joined live on stage by Blood Brothers star Lyn Paul (Mrs Johnstone) but not by Heather Smith - who turned down the opportunity to present the Tuesday evening programme instead.

"I'd have loved to have been there tonight but I couldn't let Mal down and I couldn't let everyone else down. So that's why I'm here!" - Heather Smith

In lieu of her star performance, Heather decided to play a 1995 recording of the track to listeners at Clatterbridge instead.

But she refrained from giving people a chance to hear her own dulcet tones over the airwaves.


💬 Keep across the latest news and join the conversation... follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram!

 

Our latest news...

  • Coffee Club is ideal ground to promote Wirral Hospice cafe

    Wirral Hospice St Johns' marketing officer Billy Howard and Anna Menaul, catering domestic services managerWhen the team from Wirral Hospice St John's wanted to extol the virtues of their coffee shop to listeners there was only one programme to appear on. Billy Howard and Anna Menaul were guests on the Coffee Club to talk about the Hub Cafe and a number of other ways people can help raise money for the charity.
  • Mind games at the bridge

    Mind coach Alison Blackler Listeners have been given the chance to have an insight into the workings of the mind. Alison Blackler, is a transformational mind coach and therapist, who has been helping clients at Thornton Hough-based 2 Minds for eight years.
  • Radio reunion for special anniversary

    Phil Price, Roger Hazlewood and Dave WilliamsRadio Clatterbridge has hosted a special reunion to celebrate 45 years of Saturday programmes on the station. Three of the original weekend presenters got back behind the microphone to share their memories with listeners.