WITH 2 FA Cup winners medals and more than 50 caps for his country, Glenn Hoddle was among the most gifted footballers of his generation.
And he proved he has lost none of his abilities to hoodwink, deceiving the country as the man behind The Masked Singers Grandfather Clock.
Glenn Hoddle agreed to take part in The Masked Singer after suffering a cardiovascular disease 2 years agoCredit: Dan Charity – The Sun
He stated: “Looking back at what took place, theres specific things in my life where I believe, yes, if I get an opportunity Im going to do it.
His life was saved by a coworker utilizing a defibrillator, prior to he ultimately had quadruple heart bypass surgery.
But the 63-year-old former Tottenham player and England supervisor reveals he just took the function on the ITV series because of a brush with death 2 years earlier.
Glenn “died for 60 seconds” after suffering a cardiac arrest in the BT Sport studios on his 61st birthday.
Former footballer Glenn Hoddle was exposed as Grandfather Clock on ITVs The Masked Singer
” And that belonged to the judgment on whether to go on The Masked Singer or not.”
” When this chance turned up that was one of the reasons why I did it. I believed, Why not?.
” With what occurred to me, Im fortunate to be here. Why not experience all these things?
Glenn, who carried out covers of Bill Haleys Rock Around The Clock and Frank Sinatra timeless You Make Me Feel So Young in front of judges Mo Gilligan, Davina McCall, Rita Ora and Jonathan Ross, was the fourth celeb to be eliminated from the series on Saturday.
He carried out Barry Manilows I Cant Smile Without You on Saturdays showCredit: ITV
However with Glenns health problems, it would have been an even bigger concern.He stated: “I was a little worried but I had to push that to the back of my mind. It was so difficult under that mask.
” What made me truly laugh in the very first program, when I was doing Rock Around The Clock, was that on Jonathans mic he stated to someone, Hes running out of breath, and you understand what, he was. I was lacking breath, it was so hot under there and it was challenging to breathe at times. I had to be mindful of my heart.
All have discussed how using the elaborate outfits is an unpleasant experience, with claustrophobia and breathing issues.
” But the good news is I felt OK. And if there had been any doubt, I wouldnt have actually taken any dangers.
Previously out the door were singers Sophie Ellis Bextor and Mel B and actress Martine McCutcheon.
Glenn playing for England in 1981Credit: Getty – Contributor
” But that was the thing, you dont understand till you get in that position, when you put the big head on.”
The Masked Singer has become a prime-time Saturday night should in lockdown, with more than six million audiences an episode.
Every week the masked stars belt out a tune dressed up as their character while the judges guess: “Whos that behind the mask?”
One popular face is revealed and removed at the end of each program.
While none of the judges called that Grandfather Clock was dad-of-three Glenn, his young grandchildren thought it was their “Popa” the whole time.
He stated: “The judges didnt get me so that was excellent, that was a reward.
Fans have been swooning over Glenn on Twitter, including Zoe BallCredit: Rex Features
” It was absolutely worth it to see how my grandchildren reacted. Amazing seeing their little faces.”
” But little Teddy and Rosie said it quickly. They both looked at the Grandfather Clock and stated, Is that Popa? That could be Popa!.
Asked what he thought of his new “stud status”, a laughing Glenn said: “Im not so sure about that.
” And when I was revealed, my step-grandson Jack simply reversed to everyone and stated, I informed you so, I told you. The Grandfather Clock was just ideal for them.
Even Strictly: It Takes Two host Zoe Ball confessed she has the hots for him, comparing him to Brad Pitt.
He may be a grandad himself, but fans on Twitter have actually been swooning over how “hot” he looked once he exposed himself.
In 1987, Glenn reached No12 in the charts with single Diamond Nights with previous Spurs and England team-mate Chris WaddleCredit: Jon Bond -The Sun
” I do not think my children and my boy will be thinking that for one minute– and my grandchildren.
Glenn, who won the French league title with Monaco, went on to manage clubs including Chelsea, Southampton and Wolves. He likewise handled England at the 1998 World Cup before being sacked a year later after controversial comments about disabled individuals.
They are not the only ex-footballers who can hold a tune.
Last year saw ex-England striker Teddy Sheringham on The Masked Singer, dressed as Tree.
The ITV and BT Sport expert showed himself to be quite the singer on this years series, however he has kind. In 1987 he reached No12 in the charts with single Diamond Nights with former Spurs and England team-mate Chris Waddle.
” Its all nice comments, however I wont be taking them too seriously.”
The Sun on Sundays front page after Glenn suffered a cardiovascular disease
He stated: “I was permanently putting on Eagles on the coach when we were coming from video games. And when we d had a good win, we d be down the back there singing Eagles, Billy Joel, Elton John and all that things. We constantly had a good old sing tune. Alan Brazil was excellent.
” Ive heard Ian Wright sing, hes got an excellent voice, he could go on The Masked Singer.
And Glenn revealed there were plenty of other players who could hold a tune after matches.
” I believe one of the judges said that they believed it was Ian Wright under the Grandfather Clock.”
Glenn says he enjoyed shooting The Masked Singer however ignored how hard it would beCredit: Getty Images – Getty
So could they get a gang together and record some tracks?
He said: “Within 15 minutes I need to have had well over 100 text can be found in from all over the location, all various individuals I havent become aware of for years.
Pal Waddle might not have got in touch yet for a new duet, but Glenn has actually been swamped with messages given that leaving the program.
Glenn said: “Thats a concept, isnt it, something to think of. Theres rather a lot of footballers– Ally McCoists got a truly excellent voice. It might be an enjoyable thing to do, without a doubt.”
Glenn, who won the French league title with Monaco, went on to manage clubs consisting of Chelsea, Southampton and WolvesCredit: PA: Empics Sport
He stated: “It was nerve wracking at times. Ive got to say, singing live, its not something that youre utilized to doing, however it was really good enjoyable.
” Johnny Pratt, somebody that coached me as a kid when I had fun with him at Tottenham, and Peter Taylor, and all these people were getting in touch.
While Glenn states that he “liked the experience”, he wasnt gotten ready for how hard it would be.
” It took a while to get back to everybody.
” There were a lot of old gamers I have not seen for a while and about four of them said, I cant think it wasnt an Eagles song that you sang!.
” It was individuals I hadnt seen or spoken to in so long, so that was actually nice. It was charming, it was refreshing.”
Glenn wants he practised for The Masked Singer by singing with a cardboard box on his headCredit: Getty – Contributor
” So when the opportunity came around I jumped at the possibility. I practised loads of singing. I love singing anyhow, Im non-stop singing all the time.
” I said to my agent, if theres ever any singing competitors, I d go in. Ive been asked to do the jungle and all sorts of different things for many years, but I said anything with singing I may really think about it.
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” But the thing was I remained in the kitchen, in the lounge, in the car practicing my songs, singing away, which felt quite good. But you dont understand what its like up until you put this huge head on and have the heat and claustrophobia.
” I missed a trick really, I should have practiced with a massive huge cardboard box on my head, in the kitchen area and walking around the lounge. maybe not driving.”
The Masked Singer advances Saturday at 7pm on ITV.
” Ive always got my music on, every minute of the day. , if I get in the car its always music.
Spurs legend Glenn Hoddle opens over cardiac arrest hell in interview with Robbie Savage
” What made me really laugh in the very first program, when I was doing Rock Around The Clock, was that on Jonathans mic he said to somebody, Hes running out of breath, and you know what, he was.” But little Teddy and Rosie said it directly away. They both looked at the Grandfather Clock and said, Is that Popa? He said: “I was permanently putting on Eagles on the coach when we were coming from video games. Glenn said: “Thats an idea, isnt it, something to think about.
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