A TikTok drag star has teamed up with a classically trained tenor to launch
a search for budding singers from Rhondda Cynon Taf to perform with their
Student Ellis Lloyd Jones, 23, from Treorchy in the Rhondda, and Rhys
Meirion, who hails from Porthmadog and now lives in Pwllglas, near Ruthin,
are looking for music loving dreamers to take part in dazzling duets on the
S4C television series, Canu Gyda fy Arwr (Singing with My Idol).
Last year Ellis, who has amassed 31 million views on TikTok, fulfilled his
own ambition when he sang with the acclaimed Welsh singer-songwriter, Elin
Fflur, during the first season of the hit show.
It created such a lasting impression on Ellis that he has joined forces with
Rhys to urge individuals, families and groups of friends to follow in his
footsteps and sign up for the second series.
Anyone wanting to take part or who would like to nominate somebody else
needs to contact the Caernarfon-based production company, Cwmni Da, by June
Recently, Ellis’s remarkable transformation from uncertain, bullied
schoolboy to a sassy, happy and hilarious TikTok success story was featured
in the BBC Wales TV series, Young, Welsh…and Bossin’ It, when he spoke
about how drag had helped him as a young gay man growing up in the Valleys.
He said: “I started doing drag about five, six years ago. The biggest thing
about it was my expression of femininity because it was something I had
suppressed all my life.
Ellis, who is studying at Cardiff University, became a sensation on the
online video sharing platform during the first lockdown.
His side-splitting videos on TikTok have had people all over the world in
stitches with his zany characters.
The Welsh speaker was even hired by the Welsh Government to spread safety
messages throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
But he says that singing with Elin Fflur was a major highlight for him.
He said: “It was an amazing experience to get to sing with Elin. It was like
“Elin was lovely and everybody involved in the show was very supportive.
Rhys Meirion was great and it was lovely to chat to him.
“I would recommend that anybody who fancies take part in the show applies
for it. It was such a great thing to be a part of.
“I know from living in South Wales and growing up in the Rhondda how many
talented singers we have in the region.”
Reflecting on the whirlwind events of the past year, Ellis added: “It has
been absolutely crazy.
“I only started doing TikTok for a bit of fun. Now I’ve got about 185,000
people following me on there.
“I am passionate about the Welsh language and proud to speak two languages.”
Not only do participants get to sing with a chosen Welsh musical star on
Canu Gyda fy Arwr, but they will also rub shoulders with another one as top
tenor Rhys Meirion is fronting the show.
Rhys is excited to be presenting a programme which provides the ‘money can’t
buy’ prize of singers performing with their idols.
“I have had the pleasure of singing with so many heroes of mine over the
years and I know how much it means to those who appear on the show to get
this opportunity,” he said.
“We are called the Land of Song and there are so many people out there in
Wales who can sing.
“But they would never normally get the chance to perform with their heroes.
This show gives them that opportunity.”
Canu Gyda fy Arwr seeks to provide the opportunity for people to fulfil
their dreams of sharing the stage with a Welsh musical icon, regardless of
their ability or experience.
“The people chosen to appear on the show do not need to be fantastic
singers. It is about the actual experience and making sure the day is as
special as it can possibly be for them.
“The feedback we have had from people who took part in the first series has
been extremely positive. They have thanked us for giving such a fantastic
opportunity and allowing them to enjoy a day that they will never forget.
“We would encourage anyone who wants to take part to apply, or for someone
to nominate them.”
Dafydd Rhys Lloyd, the show’s assistant producer, said: “The first series
was a real hit with viewers, and the singers involved – Elin Fflur, Dafydd
Iwan and Shân Cothi – were tremendously supportive.
“Canu Gyda Fy Arwr is about celebrating the joy and emotion that comes from
singing, so we encourage anyone who wants an unforgettable experience to
“While the format of the second series remains broadly the same, there will
be some exciting changes.
“We still want individuals to apply, but this time we’d also like to hear
from groups of friends or family members, work colleagues or members of the
same choir perhaps. “And if they want to sing with a musical duo, or their
favourite band, then we’re here to make it happen.”
For more information and to apply visit the Cwmni Da website at