Pardon? We just can’t follow that Malvern accent

Malvern Gazette: NO AIR TIME: Pop singer Cher Lloyd. NO AIR TIME: Pop singer Cher Lloyd.

CHER Lloyd has been snubbed by US TV bosses over fears the Americans won’t understand her Malvern accent – angering town leaders.

The singing sensation made an appearance on Dancing With The Stars, but unlike previous guests was given no air time with co-host Tom Bergeron about her new record Want U Back.

Although network chiefs have not revealed why Cher wasn’t given the opportunity to speak, the move has raised suspicions she will be treated the same way as Geordie Cheryl Cole, who was given the cold shoulder stateside due to claims she was confusing Americans.

Now people in Malvern are sticking up for the former Dyson Perrins pupil, who shot to fame in X Factor.

Stuart Sewell, headteacher of Somers Park Primary School, which Cher attended, said: “Cher has a Worcestershire accent that she can be very proud of – I've got one myself.

“Many of the children here know about Cher and track her progress with great interest, we're really pleased for her.”

Councillor Ian Hopwood, the Mayor of Malvern, said he was bemused as to why people would struggle to understand her.

He said: “It’s a neutral sort of accent which I would have thought those in the Englishspeaking world should be able to understand – it isn’t a Black Country accent or anything like that.

“I have a nephew from Gloucester and I have more problems trying to understand him than the children next door.”

Despite possibly being lost in translation the pop star appears to be going down a storm in the US, and the acid test will be to see how album Sticks and Stones fares following its release on Tuesday.

Across its 11 tracks it features her British number one debut single Swagger Jagger, With Ur Love and the platinum disc Want U Back, which sold more than a million copies upon its American release in May.

On this side of the Atlantic the former X Factor finalist’s debut offering peaked at number four in the UK album charts.

The release comes at the peak of an intensive promotion campaign, with the teenager attracting huge amounts of interest under the management of former Bros singer Craig Logan, who also manages Pink.

Hundreds of fans waited to see her perform live on Good Morning America in New York and the high-profile TV appearances have continued with an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres show on Monday to sing Want U Back. Cher also visited the On Air with Ryan Seacrest studio to perform her US single Oath for the American presenter.

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10:25am Fri 5 Oct 12

Mr Analysis says...

I don't personally like her music but putting that to the side. How could they know for sure without letting her try?

I speak to many Americans and people from all over the world each day and I have to say I have never had anyone be unable to understand me.

Sure sometimes they don't understand the "slang" but just avoid talking with slang words its not an issue.
I don't personally like her music but putting that to the side. How could they know for sure without letting her try? I speak to many Americans and people from all over the world each day and I have to say I have never had anyone be unable to understand me. Sure sometimes they don't understand the "slang" but just avoid talking with slang words its not an issue. Mr Analysis
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7:40pm Fri 5 Oct 12

sarah and her chickens says...

how is this news....
how is this news.... sarah and her chickens
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8:15pm Fri 5 Oct 12

Karl Hunderson says...

sarah and her chickens wrote:
how is this news....
It's certainly more newsworthy than another picture of Harriet Baldwin opening another envelope which is about all we get in the Worcester Gazette these days.
This very funny sketch about sums up the Americans and the English language.
http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=0tyzG_ZKV
fU
[quote][p][bold]sarah and her chickens[/bold] wrote: how is this news....[/p][/quote]It's certainly more newsworthy than another picture of Harriet Baldwin opening another envelope which is about all we get in the Worcester Gazette these days. This very funny sketch about sums up the Americans and the English language. http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=0tyzG_ZKV fU Karl Hunderson
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9:33pm Fri 5 Oct 12

TonyFullerMalv says...

Here is a good funny:
http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=gHnYjJHrx
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Here is a good funny: http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=gHnYjJHrx j0 TonyFullerMalv
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8:14am Sat 6 Oct 12

MalvernMum says...

I would like to congratulate the Mayor on standing up for the Malvern accent, I have lived here for 20 years and have never had a problem understanding those born and bred here.
However I DO take offence at the comment "-it isn't a Black Country accent or anything like that." I lived in the Black Country until I was 18 and am proud of my accent which is still with me even after all these years! I have never had anyone tell me they can't understand me.......
I would like to congratulate the Mayor on standing up for the Malvern accent, I have lived here for 20 years and have never had a problem understanding those born and bred here. However I DO take offence at the comment "-it isn't a Black Country accent or anything like that." I lived in the Black Country until I was 18 and am proud of my accent which is still with me even after all these years! I have never had anyone tell me they can't understand me....... MalvernMum
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9:33am Sat 6 Oct 12

sarah and her chickens says...

Karl Hunderson wrote:
sarah and her chickens wrote:
how is this news....
It's certainly more newsworthy than another picture of Harriet Baldwin opening another envelope which is about all we get in the Worcester Gazette these days.
This very funny sketch about sums up the Americans and the English language.
http://www.youtube.c

om/watch?v=0tyzG_ZKV

fU
That is true.How can she find any time to do anything usefull .At least you have the cow rescue story today mmmm instead of cow opening another event/bridge/buildin
g/fete story.
[quote][p][bold]Karl Hunderson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sarah and her chickens[/bold] wrote: how is this news....[/p][/quote]It's certainly more newsworthy than another picture of Harriet Baldwin opening another envelope which is about all we get in the Worcester Gazette these days. This very funny sketch about sums up the Americans and the English language. http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=0tyzG_ZKV fU[/p][/quote]That is true.How can she find any time to do anything usefull .At least you have the cow rescue story today mmmm instead of cow opening another event/bridge/buildin g/fete story. sarah and her chickens
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9:12pm Sun 7 Oct 12

Lyppard says...

what's the Worcester Gazette?....can't find it in the newsagents.
what's the Worcester Gazette?....can't find it in the newsagents. Lyppard
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10:43am Mon 8 Oct 12

Karl Hunderson says...

Lyppard wrote:
what's the Worcester Gazette?....can't find it in the newsagents.
I was being sarcastic. Haven't you noticed how the Worcester News and Malvern Gazette sites are slowly merging and publishing the same stories? Also, don't forget, the Gazette offices in Malvern were closed and the staff moved to the Worcester News offices.
[quote][p][bold]Lyppard[/bold] wrote: what's the Worcester Gazette?....can't find it in the newsagents.[/p][/quote]I was being sarcastic. Haven't you noticed how the Worcester News and Malvern Gazette sites are slowly merging and publishing the same stories? Also, don't forget, the Gazette offices in Malvern were closed and the staff moved to the Worcester News offices. Karl Hunderson
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9:18pm Tue 9 Oct 12

M@lvernite says...

The Malvern Gazette and Worcester Evening News have been slowly merging for years now, to the extent the Gazette seems like a roundup of the week's Malvern-related stories out of the WEN.

I was Malvern born and bred and I didn't think I had a problem understanding the accent at all (I can certainly understand what Cher Lloyd is on about); this was until some old man tried talking to me in the Foresters. I think it's fair to say his accent pickled my swede.
The Malvern Gazette and Worcester Evening News have been slowly merging for years now, to the extent the Gazette seems like a roundup of the week's Malvern-related stories out of the WEN. I was Malvern born and bred and I didn't think I had a problem understanding the accent at all (I can certainly understand what Cher Lloyd is on about); this was until some old man tried talking to me in the Foresters. I think it's fair to say his accent pickled my swede. M@lvernite
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