Alan Carr expects pelters as judge on ABBA singing contest – as hes tone deaf

Alan Carr is braced for a backlash when his new show kicks off.

The comedian, 47, is a judge on singing contest Mamma Mia! I Have A Dream. Producers hired him even though he can’t hold a tune, and he knows that’ll annoy quite a few viewers.

He said: “I’m sure some people will moan and go, ‘What’s he done? He’s never done the West End’. But I’m a stand-up performer. I do a little bit of this, a little bit of that. But also I go to the theatre a lot. I love it.”

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Alan is on the judging panel alongside Glee actress Amber Riley, West End sensation Samantha Barks and pop star Jessie Ware. The former chat show host knows he can’t compete with them when it comes to vocals, but reckons he still deserves to be sat alongside them.

He said: “The other three really know their stuff. Between them, I think they’ve ­performed on every stage going, from the West End, Broadway, Coachella, Wembley Arena. There’s not a stage those three have not been on and they know the technical side.

"But there has to be a space for the ­people at home. You know what I mean? And that’s me. I’m Fred and Vera sitting on the sofa at home. I’m basically Gogglebox.”

In the series, hosted by Radio 1 DJ Zoe Ball, 14 hopefuls will compete for roles in the West End production of Mamma Mia! Two winners will get coveted contracts to play the leading roles of Sky and Sophie — the couple played by Dominic Cooper and Amanda Seyfried in the movie version.

Alan is promising the talent on the show will be top-notch. He said: “It’s that perfect mix of professionals and novices. There’s someone who works in a factory, there’s someone who works in a coffee shop.

“There are people who are trained, they’ve been to drama school for three years. There are people from all over. We’ve given people from all walks of life a chance. Everyone can sing, everyone is super- ­talented, so you get a whole load of entertainment as well.”

Every episode will be packed with performances of Abba classics including Waterloo, The Winner Takes It All and Fernando. Alan reckons it’s just what Brits need when there’s so much bad news at the moment.

He said: “I just think it’s so colourful, it’s so fabulous, it’s so fun. The show is like a Berocca for me. The show is just joyful fun on one of the most beautiful islands you’ll see. So yeah, what’s not to love? It’s lovely.”

The series kicks off at 6pm on Saturday on ITV1.

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