Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, the commercial spaceline part-owned by Abu Dhabi’s Aabar Investments, is in “early talks” to fly the winner of Simon Cowell’s ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ UK show into orbit for the world’s first ever performance in space.
A spokesperson from talkbackThames, the UK production arm of TV conglomerate FremantleMedia, confirmed to Arabian Business the plans were still at an early stage and a final decision has not yet been made.
The talks came about after it was revealed Branson’s sister company Virgin Media had signed a multi-million dollar deal to sponsor the UK-based reality TV entertainment show, which is fronted by X Factor judge and record boss Simon Cowell.
“I love the idea that if they are up for it they have the option of performing in space,” Cowell told the Daily Star at the start of the latest auditions for the show.
“It’s tens of millions of pounds but Richard [Branson] genuinely is up for doing it. I am being serious.
“Of course we have to think about the details. If you’re a juggler we’ll need to make heavier balls. If it had been a few years ago Susan Boyle could have been singing Unchained Melody in front of the whole planet!”
Abu Dhabi state-backed investment firm Aabar Investments took a 32 percent stake in Virgin Galactic in 2009.
Dubai adds $175k McLaren S570 supercar to police fleet
Car joins the likes of Bugatti Veyron, Ferrari FF, Audi...
Dubai's Burj Khalifa set to host James Bond exhibition
Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style will include Scaramanga...
$3m worth of watches sold at Dubai Christie's auction
Christie’s auction also sold Shafic Abboud painting for...
Tory Burch opens new store in Mall of the Emirates
Brand plans to open more stores in the Middle East in 2017...
Where to go for an outdoor run in Dubai
Our tops picks for less-crowded running tracks
Vintage Aston Martin sells for $1m on Ayman Hariri’s social media app
Sale marks largest known transaction made via Apple Pay
Saudi deputy crown prince said to buy $500m superyacht
Prince Mohammed bin Salman reportedly purchases yacht from...