Paralysed father-of-three from Blofield chosen to judge new BBC reality TV singing contest alongside Geri Horner

Simon Kindleysides, who has been chosen to help judge BBC One’s new Saturday night singing contest A

Simon Kindleysides, who has been chosen to help judge BBC One’s new Saturday night singing contest All Together Now, with host and former Spice Girl Geri Horner. Photo: Simon Kindleysides - Credit: Archant

A paralysed father-of-three from Blofield is to appear alongside former Spice Girl Geri Horner and Rob Beckett in a new BBC music reality show.

Simon Kindleysides, who has been chosen to help judge BBC One’s new Saturday night singing contest A

Simon Kindleysides, who has been chosen to help judge BBC One’s new Saturday night singing contest All Together Now, with host and comedian Rob Beckett - Credit: Archant

Simon Kindleysides has been chosen to help judge BBC One's new Saturday night singing contest All Together Now, which is due to air in early 2018.

Described as a 'singing contest with a twist', contestants have 90 seconds to impress 100 judges - who join them on stage if they like what they hear.

The greater the number that join them and sing along, the higher the performer's score.

Mr Kindleysides, who was diagnosed with functional neurological disorder and a glioma brain tumour in 2013, is one of 99 talented singers who form the 100-strong judging panel.

Simon Kindleysides has been chosen to help judge BBC One’s new Saturday night singing contest All To

Simon Kindleysides has been chosen to help judge BBC One’s new Saturday night singing contest All Together Now, which is due to air in early 2018. Photo: Simon Kindleysides - Credit: Archant


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He was chosen following an extensive audition process, before being invited to London in October to start filming.

'It was absolutely amazing,' Mr Kindleysides said. 'To meet people from The 100 is one thing, but to then find out I was going to meet Geri from the Spice Girls... It blew my mind.'

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Some of the other judges include former X-Factor and The Voice contestants, as well as backing singers and famous Youtubers.

The show is hosted by comedian Rob Beckett and Geri Horner, who is also leading The 100.

Mr Kindleysides, who has lost the use of both legs, said having the former Spice Girl sit on his lap for a selfie 'made all his dreams come true'.

'The fact that this show is replacing Strictly [Come Dancing] is unbelievable,' he said.

'I can't believe I've had the opportunity to be part of it.

'I am trying to live my dreams and not let my health get in the way of them.'

Contestants who are taking part in the show have the chance of winning a £50,000 top prize.

It is not the first time Mr Kindleysides has appeared on TV.

In January 2017 he appeared in Channel 4's dinner party reality show Come Dine With Me.

The singer has also made it through to the call-back stages of TV talent shows X-Factor and Britain's Got Talent, but was never selected to perform in front of judges.

Later this year, Mr Kindleysides is aiming to become the first person to walk the London Marathon in a wearable robotic exoskeleton, called the ReWalk.

Are you due to appear on TV? Email luke.powell@archant.co.uk

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