‘Had to Google to confirm it was him!’ Blue’s Duncan James, 43, looks unrecognisable as he appears on Celebrity MasterChef
Duncan James left viewers in shock over his new look as he appeared on Monday’s episode of Celebrity MasterChef.
The singer-turned-actor, 43, previously confessed he feared getting trolled after ‘gaining weight and having Botox’ ahead of his stint on the show.
Yet fans were just left confused as they struggled to recognise the Blue star with his new look.
‘Had to Google to confirm it was him!’ Blue’s Duncan James, 43, looked unrecognisable as he appeared on Celebrity MasterChef on Monday (right, pictured in 2003)
Fans of the show took to Twitter to share their opinion on the new look, with one saying: ‘Anyone else find it hard to recognise Duncan James tonight on @MasterChefUK ….?’
Another wrote: ‘I had to take a second look at Duncan James on Masterchef I can’t tell exactly what work he’s had done but he definitely looks different.’
One viewer penned ‘Catching up with Masterchef. Had to rely on Google to confirm that was actually Duncan James’.
Blue – which also featured Antony Costa, Lee Ryan and Simon Webbe – formed in 2000, with all four members quickly becoming household names.
Unrecognisable: On Monday night’s episode many viewers had to do a double take to figure out who he was, because his appearance has changed that much
The comments come after Duncan assumed he would be trolled over his change in looks, ahead of his appearance on the programme.
Speaking on Friday’s Good Morning Britain, he insisted that ‘something has to change’ as he detailed the online abuse he’s received and called for social media to have stricter verification processes before people can create accounts.
He admitted: ‘It’s terrible actually. Probably after MasterChef I’m gonna get a load of abuse because I had a bit more weight on there, and had a bit of Botox before I went in…’
Shocked: Fans were left baffled by Duncan’s new look, with one even having to Google the star to confirm it was still in
While pinching between his eyebrows, the actor added: ‘So I have got a bit of the old eyebrow thing going on because it hadn’t settled.
‘So one thing I’ve learned is, never go on national television with fresh Botox!’
Duncan asserted: ‘Online trolling is disgusting. Personally I believe that verification is needed [to have a social media account].
‘If you are going to say something you’ll have to own what you say… If you went on television and say it you’d get crucified – something has to change!
‘I have daughter who’s 16 and she’s had trolling in her life, it’s not nice for anybody.’
In a more upbeat part of the conversation, Duncan touched upon the idea of a Blue reunion for their 20th anniversary, which he’s still hopeful for.
Premonition: The comments come after Duncan assumed he would be trolled over his change in looks, ahead of his appearance on the programme
He said: ‘It’s been a really weird year, well it has for everyone, but for Blue especially. We had our 20th anniversary in May, but we obviously couldn’t celebrate.
‘Lee lives in Spain at the moment and has just had a baby, Simon has had a baby, there’s a bit of a baby bloom in Blue at the moment.
‘Just trying to get us all together has been literally impossible, unfortunately so we’ll just have to see what happens.
‘Covid has put dampener on everything. Hopefully it [a Blue reunion] will happen, we’ll just have to see.’
Awful! The Blue singer insisted ‘something has to change’ as he detailed the online abuse he’s suffered and called for social media to have stricter verification processes (Pictured in September 2019)