The Journey to BGT Semi-Finals

Imagine you’re stood in front of 2000 people, one of the worlds most successful media moguls and everyone is just looking at you thinking – show me what you’ve got.

That’s what it feels like on BGT, Britain’s Got Talent. One of the biggest TV shows in the world.

I’m a huge fan now, but I haven’t always been. I’d been approached before to audition – most entertainers have. In the past it was seen is unprofessional and a rather cruel environment to perform in.

But these days that image has changed.

Interesting fact: Over 1000 people audition. Only 300 make it to the live auditions in theatres. Of those less than half make the cut for TV. Then on 40 make it to the semi-finals, and 8 make it to the actual finals..

Each year since 2013 I’d been approached by a researcher to be part of the show. I’d turned it down for years. For the above reasons, and also because I didn’t feel like I was ready. But this year I felt great. I’d been on a wonderful run of shows. A near sell-out run with MagicFest in Edinburgh, rave reviews of my comedy magic show in Perth, Australia. I really was on fire and couldn’t wait to see if BGT was going to be my ‘big break’.

When the audition day came, I had been back from Australia for about 3 days. I was pretty knackered and I’d messed up my back (As a note – do not go to the gym the morning after a 24 hour flight).

But I packed my bags and departed in the car with Dusty and Alison down to Manchester. We made it just before the COVID restrictions kicked in. We had a full house in the wonderful Lowry theatre in Salford.

You can watch the full show here.

Nothing beats a full house standing ovation and the incredible comments from all four judges were just mind-blowing. It was probably one of the best days of my career (even though I was in agony with lower back pain!).

Well now it’s time for the Semi-Finals. I’m by no means the finished article as a performer. I still make so many mistakes BUT I can’t wait to get out there and do something original on the biggest stage in the world in two weeks time. Please tune in and of course VOTE fOR ME!!