‘I started crying!’ Carol Vorderman on ‘traumatic’ Stars In Their Eyes appearance as Cher

As we head into 2022, Carol Vorderman, 61, looked back at the past year and all she got up to. But her memories took her back much, much further, as she discussed her appearance on the first ever celebrity version of Stars in Their Eyes in 1998.

During a chat on her BBC Wales radio show, she recalled her humiliation as she dressed up in a leather outfit to imitate iconic singer Cher.

To get into character as the If I Could Turn Back Time singer, she was decked out in a black curly wig, a leather jacket and fishnet tights.

To this day, it remains one of her favourite get-ups but despite looking like she was having the time of her life while she belted out the lyrics to The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss), Carol confessed the whole experience was “traumatising”.

Remembering how the opportunity came about, she revealed it was her friend Nigel Horne who urged her to portray the pop star, because he “had the right outfit” for the occasion.

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“So, I chose this song and Matthew Kelly was hosting it, who I adore!” she explained, before branding the presenter the “nicest man on the planet”.

“We went in and you all do the introductions first, so you go: ‘Tonight Matthew, I’m going to be Cher…’ the audience went mental,” Carol beamed.

“I came out as a tart dressed in leather!”

Her co-star quickly chimed: “I remember! It was iconic.”

“I started crying! I was in such a state of trauma.”

She remembered being given the opportunity to start again, before having to tell Matthew she was unable to hear anything.

With Carol’s concerns duly noted, the producers killed the smoke, the noise from the audience and all the other distractions getting in the way of the presenter being able to sing.

“I sang, but it was such a trauma,” Carol winced.

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