Peter Andre is to be guest speaker at the Oxford Union tomorrow, following in the footsteps of ex-wife Katie Price, who addressed members last October.
Oxford Union spokesperson Mark Greaves described Mysterious Girl singer and reality TV star Andre, 38, as an “inspirational figure”, saying: “He’s got a lot of experience in the media and we think he would be a really interesting speaker for our members.
“We had Katie Price here last year and it was really successful and had a positive response,” he added. “We want inspirational figures from the celebrity world who can offer an insight into their career.”
Greaves denied that booking speakers such as Andre and Price signalled the Union’s diminishing intellectual ambitions.
“We are definitely not dumbing down,” he said. “We are just trying to reflect the 21st century and will keep inviting important people.
“Celebrity culture is here to stay.”
In the past, the Oxford Union has seen a number of notable figures from popular culture debate in its hallowed chamber, including footballer Diego Maradona, illusionist David Blaine, pop star Michael Jackson and kids’ favourite Kermit the Frog, to name but a few.
Andre has a lot to live up to. Having addressed the Oxford Union in October, Price last week triumphed in a debate at the Cambridge Union against Rachel Johnson, younger sister of London mayor Boris. The topic under discussion was the limit of female ambition and Price won a landslide victory with 497 votes to 39.