London opera singer with RP to appear as first blind female TV Judge

Posted on: Tuesday 23 January 2018

Lizzie Capener, a gifted opera singer will be the first blind female TV judge; she appears in the show, All Together Now, which has been described as a “singing contest with a twist”, as part of The Hundred, a group of music industry professionals from all over the country, headed up by former Spice Girl Geri Horner, and presented by comedian Rob Beckett. The show will be broadcast on BBC1 at 7.15pm for six weeks, starting on January 27th 2018.

Contestants have 90 seconds to impress the 100 judges, who stand up and join in if they like what they see. The greater the number that stand up and sing, the higher the performer’s score.

Lizzie was chosen to be part of the show’s judging panel following a rigorous audition process. Some of the other judges include record producers, choir leaders, vocal coaches and singers. Lizzie said “it was an honour to be chosen to appear alongside 99 very talented professionals and meeting and working with Geri Horner was a dream!”

37-year-old Lizzie, who lives in Streatham, was diagnosed with RP when she was 17 years old and is currently on the waiting list for a guide dog; she has lost most of her peripheral vision to the condition and has night blindness.

In October 2013, Lizzie’s vision had deteriorated to such an extent that she was registered severely sight impaired but that has not stopped her singing and wowing us with her amazing gift.

She regularly works alongside the RNIB, which has included leading singing workshops for visually impaired children. She independently recorded and released an album of classical songs and operatic arias, with proceeds being donated to the charity. She also plays visually impaired cricket for Surrey Visually Impaired Cricket Club and UK Ladies Blind Cricket team.

Lizzie said “I’m so excited to be appearing on All Together Now and hoping that my appearance on the show will help to raise awareness of sight loss and hidden disabilities.”

“As I don’t look like I have an impairment, I sometimes get strange looks and remarks from others because I use a white mobility cane and sometimes it can knock my confidence. It can be scary when you’re losing your sight. I’d really like to use my appearance to help others in similar situations. Hopefully I can encourage others going through sight loss to follow their own dreams.”