HIS incredible fundraising efforts have raised more than £27.5million for the NHS – and his charity single is on course to land the No1 spot.
Now the nation’s newest hero, Captain Tom Moore, is being lined up for another mega gig.
The World War Two veteran, who released a special version of You’ll Never Walk Alone with Michael Ball and the NHS Voices Of Care Choir, has been put at the top of the wish list to perform live on Britain’s Got Talent.
The team behind the ITV show are hoping he’ll come on board for a special performance during the final.
A TV insider said: “The whole nation has been totally blown away by Tom so what could be better than getting him on board for the BGT final, which is a celebration of everything that makes this country great.
“With the lockdown, it’s all up in the air at the moment in terms of dates for the live shows but BGT are determined to get back on air later this year.
“Michael sang live with Susan Boyle during last year’s final and his team have said they are keen to try and make it work.
“Tom is at the top of the production team’s wish list so it’s just a waiting game now.
“Everyone is hoping they can make it work as it would be a huge coup for the show.”
ITV bosses decided to carry on and air the auditions phase of the long-running show in a bid to cheer up the nation — and it’s worked a treat.
Almost nine million people tuned in to catch the first episode of this series, which saw a host of barmy, and brilliant, acts aiming to impress judges Simon Cowell, David Walliams, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden.
Getting Tom and Michael on board is a brilliant idea, and I just hope they can make it happen.
The more joy we can get right now, the better.
WHAT? The Great British Sewing Bee, BBC1, 9pm.
WHY? A new crop of 12 amateur sewing fans compete, including a man who makes his partner’s drag queen outfits and a woman who styles herself on Miss Marple.
Gethin's master stroke
GETHIN JONES will get busy in the kitchen again, more than a decade after appearing on Ready Steady Cook.
This time the Welsh TV presenter is taking part in the next series of Celebrity MasterChef.
But insiders said The One Show hunk must overcome his nerves about cooking for hosts Gregg Wallace and John Torode.
A source said: “Gethin isn’t the most confident cook but he thought MasterChef could really push him out of his comfort zone.
“He’s said the most nerve-racking bit will be cooking his first dish for Gregg and John but joked he’ll try and charm them into liking whatever he comes up with.
“Gethin is a real asset to the BBC so bringing him on board MasterChef is a great move, plus he’s brilliant eye candy for the viewers.”
On the show he will be competing against tennis ace Andy Murray’s mum Judy and Towie star Pete Wicks.
APPRENTICE “geezer” Thomas Skinner is expecting his first child with girlfriend Sinead.
The pillow salesman tweeted: “BEST NEWS! Just wanted to let you know that Sinead & I are expecting a little baby! It works.”
Bites bit light on women
THE BBC tried to do its bit to help parents home schooling by launching Bitesize Daily, with a load of famous faces fronting classes for kids.
But their offering was pretty light on women. Among those announced by the Beeb’s press office were Brian Cox, Sergio Aguero and Sir David Attenborough.
But it was the inclusion of EastEnders actor Danny Dyer that rankled many – including historian Kate Williams.
She rightly asked if a female actress on the soap would get the same billing.
Kate said: “I wonder if our society would ever give a female EastEnders actor such as Letitia Dean a role as a history authority. Something tells me not.”
If they were going to give it to a famous ’Ender, it should have been June Brown.
She has been around so long, June has probably forgotten more than most of us will ever know.
HOLLYOAKS star Anna Passey would love to take a break from the Channel 4 soap to act in a crime drama.
She said: “At some point a break to do something else would be lovely, but I can’t imagine wanting to close the door.”
Top news for you
WE might all be in lockdown but that hasn’t stopped Have I Got News For You signing up some top guest panellists.
On Friday the BBC1 quiz show – which now takes place via a group video link from the stars’ homes – will see broadcaster Emma Barnett and comedian Henning When pick apart the news.
And it will all be overseen by this week’s guest host, Alexander Armstrong.
Alexander’s Pointless sidekick Richard Osman will be jealous.
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