A DISAPPOINTED singer from Sheffield has slammed producers of Britain's Got Talent after he received a letter a day late inviting him to audition - and they refused to organise a new date.
Irie White had been looking forward to getting the chance to perform on television before Amanda Holden and new judges Michael McIntyre and David Hasselhoff, but received the letter inviting him to the pre-auditions back in December the day after his audition.
Irie, of Gaunt Drive, Gleadless, opened his letter to find it telling him he was due to audition in Birmingham the previous day at 1pm.
Irie - real name Leroy Ford - says the situation is a "disgrace", and thinks producers of the ITV show should have organised another week of auditions for others who received their letters late due to the bad weather.
"It's not our fault the weather was bad, but they said to me it's tough," he said. "I'm really annoyed. They said they were sorry but the auditions have finished now."
Irie agreed to show us the audition the rest of the country missed when The Star visited him in his Sheffield home.
WATCH Irie's audition, filmed by The Star, of his self-penned number Rollercoaster exclusively on our website by clicking the 'play' button. ALSO watch him singing with his son Elbie, with whom he is writing and recording his latest album.
Back in December, producers of Britain's Got Talent told The Star: "Anyone who missed the first round of auditions can submit them by YouTube or DVD. We'll be letting Irie know that this is the case."
Irie has never heard from the reality show.
Irie was born in the West Indies but grew up in an English children's home and moved to Sheffield from Grimsby before marrying his wife, Trudi, in Jamaica nearly three years ago.
The singer reached number 16 in the German charts with a song called Whoopsie Mama in 1996, and claims a number one there in 2000 with a dance track titled No Peace in the World.
Irie had been planning to sing his self-penned number Rollercoaster at the Birmingham audition. The song was inspired by the rollercoaster at the Fantasy Island pleasure park at Ingoldmells, near Skegness.
"They would have loved it," he said. "I was thinking it would be third time lucky."
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