Singer Darius Campbell falls victim to radio prankster posing as Billy Connolly
Feb 19 2010 Exclusive by Lachlan Mackinnon
POP star Darius Campbell fell hook, line and sinker for a radio prankster posing as Billy Connolly.
Funnyman Des McLean got Darius on the phone and pretended he was the Big Yin wishing him luck in tonight's final of ITV's Popstar To Operastar.
And trusting Darius gushed: "I'm talking to a legend. It's such a privilege to meet you."
The penny failed to drop for Darius as "Billy" subjected him to several minutes of outrageous ribbing.
He asked the former Pop Idol contestant if he was "the wee cheesy fellow who did the Britney Spears".
Then he urged Darius to get the better of fellow Popstar To Operastar finalist Bernadette Nolan and win the contest for Scotland.
Des told Darius: "Think of the shame of getting beat off someone who sings I'm In The Mood For Dancing.
"Just remember the end of Braveheart and think, 'If I can do this for Scotland'.
"We've not had a lot to shout about recently. Our football team's rubbish, the Old Firm - you could buy them now for the price of a Happy Meal.
"So now you're our last bastion - our man, Darius Campbell."
The skit, aired this morning on Clyde 1, got even cheekier as Des took the mickey out of Darius's upbringing in wealthy Bearsden, near Glasgow.
He told his victim: "This is what I love about you - the cockiness.
"You're from Bearsden. We used to go there on holiday.
"The kids in Bearsden think BMW are the first three letters of the alphabet.
"It's so posh the women don't go to the gym, they go to the James."
Darius took the merciless ribbing in his stride and told Des/Billy: "It's such a pleasure talking to you."
But then Clyde's breakfast DJ George Bowie broke the news to Darius that he'd been had.
George said: "The good news is, everyone's behind you in the final.
"The bad news is, that was Des kidding on he was Billy Connolly. He has that voice down to a T, does he not?"
Darius laughed and admitted: "He's got that voice down."
George said: "Des's Billy Connolly impersonation has fooled the likes of Sean Connery and Rod Stewart, so we were pretty confident it would work.
"Darius was a great sport about it. He's a top bloke and we'll all be voting for him in the final."