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Lost Voice Guy finds new voice!

Lost Voice Guy performing on Britain's Got Talent
Lost Voice Guy performing on Britain's Got Talent Image credit: theweek.co.uk

Lost Voice Guy may need to change his stage name after choosing a new communications device thanks to readers of his book, I’m Only In It For The Parking.

Britain’s Got Talent winner, Lee Ridley, received over 500 replies from fans reading an extract of the autobiography.

Ridley, from Newcastle upon Tyne, picked Dan Pye, who grew up in Whickham and currently lives in Hunwick, Co Durham, to be his new voice last April.

Speech synthesis company CereProc have been developing the communications device over the past year which involved Pye recording a six-hour script.

The Scottish firm used a system called CereWave AI that incorporates deep neural-network modelling speech synthesis with Artificial Intelligence.

Ridley, who has cerebral palsy, said: “It feels amazing to finally sound more like my family and friends.

“I’ve dreamed about this day since I got my first communication aid when I was eight years old.

“I’ve already been enjoying saying all my favourite Geordie phrases such as ‘wey aye man’ and ‘howay’.

“It’s nice to have a local accent at last. I can’t wait to try it out on my new tour.”

Fans who have bought tickets for his tour, Cerebral LOL-sy, will be one of the first to hear the new voice performed on stage.

Pye said: “Being able to help Lee communicate in a tone which is more personal to him is fantastic.

“Being a Geordie has a very distinctive, nationally recognisable tone which I am very proud of.

“Sharing that with Lee, I hope will give him a sense of identity that the rest of the North East are famed for.”

Paul Welham, CereProc’s chairman, said: “Working with Lee has been a great opportunity for a greater audience, to see how CereProc’s technology can be used to create regional accents, that gives Lee and others the freedom to have their own accent to talk with, rather than a bland BBC accent.

Tickets are on sale for Lost Voice Guy’s tour via his website.