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.


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