Pete Waterman: ‘Darius might have gone on to be greater than Michael Buble’

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ormer Pop Idol decide Pete Waterman has joined different figures from the music trade in remembering Darius Campbell Danesh, saying the singer “might have gone on to be greater than Michael Buble”.

The household of Scottish theatre star and singer Campbell Danesh introduced his dying aged 41 on Tuesday, saying in an announcement he had been “discovered unresponsive in mattress in his residence room in Rochester, Minnesota, on August 11 and was pronounced useless within the afternoon by the native health workers’ workplace”.

Native police confirmed there have been “no indicators of intent or suspicious circumstances”, with the reason for his sudden dying unknown at this stage, the household added.

Waterman, who was a good friend of the Glasgow-born star who was dwelling within the US and who would have turned 42 on August 19, informed ITV’s Good Morning Britain: “I met him per week earlier than lockdown and we had been speaking about me going to work with him within the States to mentor him as a result of he needed to get again into music.

“Darius might have gone on to be greater than Michael Buble as a result of he’d acquired that expertise.”

Talking about their friendship, hit-making file producer Waterman mentioned: “We grew to become nice buddies as a result of I did champion him.

“He was essentially the most pretty particular person. He by no means referred to as me Pete. He at all times referred to as me Peter.

“At 41, my coronary heart goes out to his household as a result of it’s horrible dropping a sibling. He was simply sensible.

“The phrase gentleman is overused however not in Darius’ case. So quiet, so well mannered, so light, I suppose he was the right particular person. So light. No cross phrases. He didn’t get offended.”

The singer-songwriter and actor – who was often called Darius Danesh when he made his first bid for fame in ITV present Popstars in 2001 – additionally appeared on the primary Pop Idol, which was gained by Will Younger.

Presenting duo and former Pop Idol hosts Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly additionally remembered the singer, tweeting: “We’re very sorry to listen to of the passing of Darius Campbell Danesh at such a tragically younger age.

“We had many laughs with him on his Pop Idol journey. Our hearts exit to his pretty household. #RIP” adopted by a praying fingers emoji.

After Pop Idol, Campbell Danesh turned down Simon Cowell’s supply of a file deal and signed with producer Steve Lillywhite, whose credit embrace U2 and the Rolling Stones.

His debut single, Colourblind, was launched in July 2002 and went straight to primary, marking the beginning of a run of high 10 releases.

Following his dying the tune has re-entered music charts and on Wednesday morning was listed within the first spot on the iTunes obtain chart.

He additionally cast a profitable stage profession, showing in Chicago as Billy Flynn in two runs of the manufacturing, in addition to Guys And Dolls, Gone With The Wind and extra within the West Finish.

Waterman additionally spoke to BBC Breakfast to pay tribute to Campbell Danesh saying: “He actually was what you noticed on tv, he was simply so gifted, however so well mannered…”.

Different Pop Idol alumni remembered the star with runner-up Gareth Gates saying he was “heartbroken” on the information, including: “Darius took me beneath his wing throughout our time in Pop Idol, like an enormous brother; at all times looking for me and for that I thanks my good friend.”

Music mogul Cowell mentioned the singer’s dying was a “tragedy”, saying: “He was charismatic, humorous and only a nice particular person to be with.”


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