Peter Kay has beaten Brian Blessed and The Queen ... as the nation's dream bingo caller

Peter Kay has beaten Brian Blessed and The Queen - to be voted the nation's dream bingo caller.

By Iain Lynn
Friday, 26th November 2021, 12:00 pm

A survey of 2,000 UK adults also found Stephen Fry and Joanna Lumley were among top picks for a night of calling.

But Donald Trump, followed by Boris Johnson, are the two people players would least like to find calling the numbers when turning up at a bingo hall for an evening's entertainment.

The most important characteristic for a bingo caller is a very clear and well enunciated voice, followed by good humour, the ability to cut through all the noise, and a smooth voice.

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    Despite the Geordie accent being popular, it's also the second hardest to understand, after the Scottish.

    A spokesman for Lottoland.co.uk, which commissioned the research ahead of the launch of new bingo game ‘The Vault’, which offers the world’s largest online Bingo Jackpot of £5 million, said: “Bingo is one of Britain’s best-loved pastimes, providing millions of people with entertainment and a good laugh, as well as the chance to win a handsome prize.

    “But it takes the right kind of person, with a buoyant voice and personality, to make bingo everything that it should be - and we think the public has got it spot on with Peter Kay.”

    While bingo remains popular both online and in halls, 40 per cent feel it is time for a shake-up of the terminology used, believing some terms are outdated and should be modernised.

    Two fat ladies (88) is the most popular bingo call to be replaced, followed by overweight (28), old age pension (65), dirty gertie (30) and meal for two (69).

    Overall, one in five (19 per cent) personally find at least one bingo term offensive, with this figure rising to a staggering 58 per cent among 18- to 24-year-olds.

    Three-quarters (74 per cent) of the 18- to 24-year-old age group would welcome a more ‘woke’ and up-to-date version of bingo terms.

    But this is compared to just 19 per cent of those aged 65 or older.

    And almost half (48 per cent) of those polled, via OnePoll, consider bingo an activity for old people - and the same figure think it needs to update itself to keep young people interested.

    The spokesman for Lottoland added: “Whether it’s the bingo calls of old or modern day mix-ups, it’s clear that bingo is a British institution and that people of all ages have a stake in the game!

    “It’s very interesting to see that nearly half of people want to see bingo updated for the younger generation, as that’s something we’re very keen to make happen with Bingo BIG, and we can’t wait to see how the UK responds.”

    'The Vault’ awards £4M to whoever calls ‘Bingo’, and a further £1M to all players if someone wins - more information can be found here www.lottoland.co.uk/games/bingo.

    TOP 40 DREAM BINGO CALLERS

    1. Peter Kay

    2. Brian Blessed

    3. The Queen

    4. Stephen Fry

    5. Joanna Lumley

    6. Morgan Freeman

    7. David Attenborough

    8. Alan Carr

    9. Holly Willoughby

    10. Idris Elba

    11. Tom Hardy

    12. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

    13. Boris Johnson

    14. Dawn French

    15. Graham Norton

    16. Nigella Lawson

    17. Barack Obama

    18. Liam Neeson

    19. George Clooney

    20. Rylan Clark-Neal

    21. Beyonce

    22. Harrison Ford

    23. Nicki Minaj

    24. Jack Whitehall

    25. Tom Allen

    26. Joe Lycett

    27. Antonio Banderas

    28. James Corden

    29. Matthew McConaughey

    30. Iain Stirling

    31. Phillip Schofield

    32. Harry Styles

    33. Noel Fielding

    34. Eamonn Holmes

    35. Ru Paul

    36. Billie Eilish

    37. Britney Spears

    38. Kevin Hart

    39. Russell Brand

    40. Gemma Collins

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