Andrew Lloyd Webber reckons he discovered Rihanna

Course you did Andy…

The musical mogul behind plays like Cats and Evita has told Piers Morgan that he discovered Rihanna. Speaking to Morgan on yesterday’s episode of Good Morning Britain the composer said that he spotted the singer in a Barbados bar on the island resort of Sandy Lane, backed by a karaoke band, when she was 16-years-old.

Lloyd-Webber recounted his experience of discovering the singer to Morgan, detailing a conversation he had with his creative partner Nigel Wright, “I said to Nigel, ‘if we bring her back it’s like when you see a picture when you’re away and you take it home and you think, why did I buy that?’ “I thought: we’ll get her back, it’ll be fine, but then what do we do with her?”

Morgan asked the composer if he ever regretted missing out on the money Rihanna might have brought him if he had decided to “bring her back” but Lloyd-Webber seemed unconcerned, “I don’t think in those terms but if I did, let me put it this way – it’s not a story I’m proud of.”

The popular version of events is that Rihanna was discovered by American record producer Evan Rogers who spotted Rih-Rih in a beauty pageant before giving her an audition and a chance to record a three-track demo in his Connecticut home.