WEARSIDE worker Richard Smith has spoken to the nation.
Richard, a sales executive with IT firm The Test Factory in Rainton Bridge, was a competitor on the Celebrity Raspberry on Radio 1’s Chris Moyles show this morning, when he had to guess the identity of a mystery raspberry blower.
Determination paid off in landing him his slot on the show.
“I have rung up a few times to apply to be on the programme, but without success,” he said.
“Then on Tuesday, I managed to get through to the operator, which is something I had never achieved before.”
Show producers are looking for contestants who will come across well on air. Twenty-three-year-old Richard thought he had blown his chance:
“They rang to say I was the reserve for yesterday’s show but then they didn’t need me. I rang back, managed to get through again and this time they rang to say I had made it.”
He fell at the final hurdle, however when his guess that Elton John was the phantom raspberry blower turned out to be wrong.
“The only clue I had was that it was a male musician,” he said.
“I had thought it might be Gary Barlow or Mark Owen, but I had a feeling they had already had a couple of people from Take That on the show, so I was chopping and changing a few times.
“I asked people at work for suggestions and we came up with Elton John, but unfortunately that was not the answer.
“I did get to tell my story about how I was going to be in the paper, though and they were quite amused about that.”