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

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ormer Pop Idol choose 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 demise aged 41 on Tuesday, saying in an announcement he had been “discovered unresponsive in mattress in his condominium room in Rochester, Minnesota, on August 11 and was pronounced useless within the afternoon by the native medical experts’ workplace”.

Native police confirmed there have been “no indicators of intent or suspicious circumstances”, with the reason for his sudden demise 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, advised 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 report producer Waterman stated: “We grew to become nice buddies as a result of I did champion him.

“He was essentially the most pretty individual. He by no means known as me Pete. He at all times known 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 assume he was the right individual. So light. No cross phrases. He didn’t get indignant.”

The singer-songwriter and actor – who was often known as 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.

After Pop Idol, Campbell Danesh turned down Simon Cowell’s provide of a report 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 demise the track has re-entered music charts and on Wednesday morning was listed within the first spot on the iTunes obtain chart.

He additionally solid 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 below 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 stated the singer’s demise was a “tragedy”, saying: “He was charismatic, humorous and only a nice individual to be with.”


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