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Britain’s Got Talent Lost Voice Guy winner can finally speak with a Geordie accent

Lee Ridley, 41, hand-picked a voice sponsor for his communication device, and it featured Geordie Accent. He expressed how happy he was to sound like his family and friends and to have been practicing the slang.

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Britain’s Got Talent Winner Lee Ridley, who has cerebral palsy, is buzzing after finally getting to speak a Geordie accent.

The 41-year-old, who goes by the stage name Lost Voice Guy, has chosen a voice artist from Newcastle upon Tyne to be the voice sponsor of his communication equipment, which he used to bring win again for his victory on ITV only.

In April last year, he selected Dan Pye, who grew up in Whickham and now lives in Hunwick, Co Durham after he received more than 500 offers.

Sponsors sent each audio recording of themselves reading an excerpt from his book, I’m Only In It For The Parking.







Lee Ridley wins Britain’s Got Talent in 2018
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His communication device now has a Geordie accent
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Scotland-based speech synthesis company CereProc has been developing the voices, and the process involved Pye recording a six-hour script in which he recreated a range of styles. emotion of the voice.

“It was surprising to end up sounding more like my family and friends,” says Lee.

“I’ve been dreaming of this day since I first received communication assistance when I was 8 years old.

“I’ve enjoyed saying all of my favorite Geordie phrases like ‘wey aye man’ and ‘howay’.






The comedian released a book after winning the competition

“It’s great to finally have a local accent. I can’t wait to try it on my new tour.”

His tour, titled Cerebral LOL-sy, begins in March and will be the first time the new Geordie vocalist is heard on stage.

The tour will be performed using a combination of both his former vocals and his new Geordie voice.

Lee debuted a short clip of his new voice in his festive TV special, Christmas Comedy Club With Lost Voice Guy, but was unable to use it for the entire show as it was not yet available. fully functioning.






He won the hearts of the nation with his performance on BGT

Pye said: “Being able to help Lee communicate in a more personal tone to him was amazing.

“As a Geordie there is a very distinctive, recognizable national accent that I am very proud of.

“Sharing that with Lee, I hope to give him a sense of identity that the rest of the Northeast is famous for.”

CereProc built Lee’s voice using a system called CereWave AI that combines Artificial Intelligence with deep neural network modeling speech synthesis.







Lee said how happy he is to sound like friends and family
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Paul Welham, President of CereProc, said: “Working with Lee is a great opportunity for a wider audience to see how CereProc’s technology can be used to create regional accents that allow allowing Lee and the others the freedom to speak their own voices, instead of bland BBC tone.

Lee captured the UK’s heart by winning Britain’s Got Talent in 2018 by public vote, taking home £250,000 and a spot at the Royal Variety Performance.

He previously won the BBC New Comedy Award in 2014 and has performed at a range of festivals including the Edinburgh Fringe.

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