Loose Women star Judi Love ‘frustrated’ over Cheryl’s R&B show

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Judi Love and Cheryl

Judi Love says there is a ‘pattern’ of Black artists not getting recognition in response to Cheryl’s R&B show (Picture: Rex Features)

Loose Women star Judi Love has admitted to being ‘frustrated’ over Cheryl’s controversial R&B podcast, stating there is a ‘pattern’ of Black artists not getting recognition. 

The Girls Aloud star has hosted a BBC Sounds radio show, titled You, Me & R&B, in which she’s created a playlist of her favourite songs from the genre.

It immediately came under fire with critics arguing the programme should have been fronted by a Black R&B artist as Cheryl, 38, is primarily a pop star. 

Comedian Judi noted the backlash in her latest OK! Magazine column alongside the fact that Cheryl has never released an R&B song. 

She wrote: ‘There are so many artists out there who are in R&B and the problem in situations like this is when the originators of something are never made the face of that particular music, fashion, food or concept – it’s frustrating. 

‘Could this be a reflection of not having enough black R&B artists being recognised in the UK?’ 

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Judi, 41, went on to recall singing competitions where those with ‘a soulful voice’ were told they sounded ‘too churchy’, only for non-Black people with soulful voices to get through later. 

Cheryl's BBC Sounds podcast You, Me & R&B

Cheryl described the BBC Sounds show as a ‘passionate love letter to R&B’ (Picture: BBC)

‘There seems to be a pattern of Black culture only being deemed cool after it has been appropriated,’ she said. 

Several other celebrities have slammed Cheryl’s new gig, with Game of Thrones actress Nathalie Emmanuel tweeting: ‘Like RnB music hasn’t been appropriated enough… Had it’s narrative controlled over and over by those who weren’t the originators. 

‘Like we don’t have incredible, iconic Black British RnB talent & creators… but they won’t get a platform like this…. Because… well we know why.’ 

Comedian London Hughes had tweeted earlier in the week: ‘I’m not sure why some of you are shocked that Cheryl Cole is doing an ‘Rnb’ podcast, when the biggest soulful singer that we have in the UK is Adele. White women have always been allowed to take up space in UK ‘Black music’ Word to Rita Ora, Jess Glynne, Jessie J, Joss Stone etc.

‘There was a time in UK music in the 2010’s where every song you heard on the radio that sounded like a soulful Black woman…. Was in-fact a cute skinny white girl from Essex.’ 

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Stand-up comedian Gina Yashere, who is from the UK but now lives in the US, shared her thoughts on the situation in an Instagram video. 

She said: ‘It’s come to my attention that Cheryl Tweedy has been given an R&B radio show. 

‘For Americans, this woman was a member of a band called Girls Aloud, you know what, I don’t even know why I’m calling them a band, they’re not a band, they’re a bunch of mediocre girls thrown together who can’t play a flute, a trumpet or a ukelele or a didgeridoo between them. 

‘… They were famous for making bubblegum pop. This is the woman that they’ve chosen to give an R&B radio show to because they couldn’t find any Black R&B singers, any Black woman that could have done that job.’

A BBC spokesperson previously released a statement responding to the backlash, and said: ‘We feature a wide range of voices spanning different genres across our extensive music output. Many of our shows are fronted by DJs who are experts in their fields, others are hosted by people with a passion for their topic.

‘Cheryl’s You, Me and R&B shares personal stories from her youth, soundtracked by her favourite genre.’

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