Singer upset after being cut out of Come Dine With Me in Stoke-on-Trent
SINGER Robin Soleimani has been left with a sour taste in his mouth after being edited out of a television show he hoped would give him his big break.
The lead singer of local band Stepping Lane was asked to entertain guests on Come Dine With Me when pal Nick Hall was picked to appear on the Channel 4 show earlier this year.
Robin, from Birches Head, spent £200 on a new outfit, hours rehearsing a Robbie Williams song and promoted his appearance to all his friends, family and fans.
The show was broadcast on Friday night, but Robin’s performance had been taken out.
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Robin, aged 27, pictured, said: “I thought my performance went very well.
“All the guests seemed to be enjoying it, and the film crew too.
“Being on television is a big thing for me.
“You never know who is watching these shows. I thought it could have been a big break, not just for me but for the band.”
Robin was asked to perform on the show by Nick, who is the cousin of one of Robin’s band members, as a surprise for the guests.
He had just a couple of weeks to prepare his act.
Robin says he was not asked to sign anything to tell people he couldn’t talk about the show, so he promoted it on Facebook and told everyone he could to watch it.
He said: “The producers said they wanted me to sing Let Me Entertain You.
“I don’t know any Robbie Williams songs so I had to learn the words and the chords for the guitar. It’s a fast song so it took me a while.
“I got a new jacket, shirt and trainers and got my haircut so I could look good on the show.”
Robin watched the programme from the Birches Head Hotel as he was setting up for a gig on Friday night.
He added: “Everyone in the pub was watching it. I have a large family and some of them got together for it.
“One of my fans said she had 20 people round to watch it at her house. My phone went mad as soon as Nick’s part had been on.
“People couldn’t believe I had been edited out.
“If they had told me I had been edited out, I wouldn’t have told everyone and looked like an idiot. “I’m disappointed because people watched the show because they thought I would be on it.”
A Channel 4 spokesman said: “Robin was found and suggested to the producers by one of the contributors.
“He was not guaranteed airtime as production can never make such a promise.”
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