A man who earns his living as a “fat” Robbie Williams lookalike has even been giving the blessing of the Take That superstar.
Tony James, who goes by Blobbie Williams on stage, met the singer on the set of The X Factor at Wembley Arena.
And, it’s thought the boy band superstar was thrilled to meet his impressionist.
Tony was invited to take part in the Tv show in 2018 when Robbie Williams and wife Ayda Field were judges.
While he didn’t win he did get to meet his hero, reports StokeOnTrentLive.
Tony, 44, said: "I said 'look Robbie, old pal, I hope you don't think I'm taking the mickey – I'm a big fan.’
“He said he had heard of me before and knew it was a tip of the hat.
"Ayda said I was like Robbie in 10 years' time – and I told her this was what she had to look forward to."
Tony, from Worcester, has also taken part in Come Dine With Me where he won the week with his Take That-themed menu.
And, he went on Deal or No Deal and has performed as Blobbie Williams for around 11 years, initially as part of Britain's Got Talent entrants Take Fat.
The copycat band included Gary Lardo, Howard McDonalds, Jason Chocolate Orange and Mark Growin, but now Tony is a solo artist.
He commented: “I have always been a Robbie Williams fan but have always been a bit too big to a be a straight tribute act.
“One day I was in the kitchen with my wife Gemma when Robbie came on the radio. I pulled a Robbie face, that kind of upside-down smile, and Gemma said 'you could be Blobbie Williams!'.
“I looked in the mirror and I thought 'oh yes'. Robbie is such a big star with so many great songs I thought I could do it, but as a parody tribute with that edge to it."
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He continued: "I am absolutely not making fun of him.
"He's a great talent and I do as much justice to his songs as I can. The comedy element is really poking fun at myself.
“I’ll run up the steps and be all out of breath, for example, or I'll sit down on a high stool to sing Mr Bojangles and it will collapse.
"Being Blobbie has opened lots of doors to different avenues in the industry and I've met so many amazing people. I have been performing for nearly 30 years and I genuinely don't know what else I could do."
Thanks to the pandemic, Tony aka Blobbie hasn’t been able to perform, but now he’s practicing for his first show since lockdown which will take place in Worcester on Friday December 3.
The musician said: "If Robbie's mum or dad is reading this and would like to put in a word for me with him, I would love to go on the bill at his Port Vale show next year.
"It would be an honour. It would mean everything to me."
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