Speaking to breakfast hosts Ronan and Harriet about his former bandmate and friend George Michael, Ridgely revealed that he and George started singing carols together over the Christmas season, surprising unsuspecting families each year.
“One of the most spectacular things I’ve ever done around Christmas was playing Wembley on Christmas Eve. George and I as Wham had a tour in 1984, we played five or six nights over Christmas. It was probably one of the few years we didn’t sing Christmas carols, I imagine much to the dismay of some households who couldn’t quite believe they were WHAM! Plus, entourage singing Christmas carols for them there.
The singer also admitted that Christmas has mixed feelings for him these days. “Of course it will be an anniversary on Christmas Day and that makes Christmas sad. We try to look at the positives and what life affirmed about George, and his work and his songs and we have great memories. His friends from Christmas, hanging out and Christmas parties, they were always excellent.
The duo met at a young age and often spent a lot of time together during the holidays and Andrew remembered the strength of their relationship. “We were schoolboy best friends, and that relationship had a strong bond throughout our lives, so we meant a lot to each other, and we spent a lot of time together during our professional careers and then at social times like Christmas so a lot of good times over there.
While discussing the band’s successful career, Ronan and Harriet couldn’t resist asking Andrew about Lewis Capalidi’s recent video tribute to Club Tropicana. Andrew admitted to seeing the video and said, “It’s amazing how faithful it is to the original in that frame-by-frame nature. You stop it at any point, there was a comparison I think, which Sony did, but you could tell it’s just every detail and accuracy.
Magic 100% Christmas launched on Friday 25 November, meaning the channel will play Christmas carols non-stop until midnight on 26 December.