Ian Watkins, the acclaimed H from Steps, has sensationally revealed that he was miming in all of the tribute group’s songs.
“Well, Pete Waterman wanted to try to emulate the success of ABBA,” he said in an interview with this Nuse reporter earlier today, “and, given his startling talent for originality and fresh ideas, he thought that the best way to achieve this might be to look and sound exactly like them. Unfortunately, there were five of us which meant that, as an outfit, we were one female member heavy (an issue also rumoured to be a problem for the current chart darling, Lady Gaga) [Can we print this? Get a sub-editor to check] so we were probably going to have to lose one of the girls.”
However, things took an unsettling turn when Waterman tried to become more cosmopolitan.
“Pete was spending a lot of time in London and he realised that everybody there was always dropping their aitches,” he revealed. “He took me aside and said that, given that my name was H, this obviously meant that my presence within the band presented an obstacle to our acceptance among the capital city’s musical connoisseurs.”
Panicked, H did some hasty research in the Institute of Polyphonic Research and Linguistics and was able to construct a counter argument. He swiftly organised another meeting with Waterman and put forward his case.
“I explained to him that the actual trend amongst the true social elite was for a fashionably silent aitch,” he related, “and so, to be truly appealing to our core target market, I ought to be seen but not heard. Pete agreed immediately and so it was decided that I should be placed prominently in all of our videos but would only ever lip-synch. I was dubbed Silent H by the other band members and the rest, as they say, is ‘istory.”