He may have missed out on a spot in the Britain’s Got Talent final, but for Sheffield performer Ricky K, the show must go on.
The cheeky chappy had the ITV judging panel and audience members in stitches when he first auditioned on the talent show with a unique comedy mime act.
His witty routine - in which he told a love story through mime, funny faces, dodgy dance moves and hilarious music choices - bagged him ‘Yes’ votes from David Walliams, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and Simon Cowell.
However, a follow-up performance in the semi-final rounds failed to secure Ricky a place in the final, something he puts down to his act getting cut short by the show’s producers.
The 33-year-old, from Mosborough, said: “As an entertainer I do so much more than comedy mime acts - I sing and dance as well as doing parodies, stand-up and ventriloquism.
“I was keen to prove that I wasn’t just a one-trick pony but the show wanted me to do a follow-up mime act to my first audition.
“I’m a nice guy so I go along with what I’m told and I prepared a follow-up that was three minutes long. “I was going to have a choir on stage with me and lots of props, I’d even planned to sing at the end but a photo was leaked of the rehearsals in a paper and the choir and props were pulled.
“My act was cut down to one minute 45 seconds which just wasn’t enough time for the act.
“I feel this is what may have cost me a place in the final.
“I may well have still gone home if I’d have been allowed to do the three minute production, but at least I would have had a fighting chance.”
Despite his dream of performing at the Royal Variety Show being dashed, Ricky, real name Richard Calow, has been entertaining crowds up and down the country non-stop since the show, which earned him a fair few new fans.
Ricky said: “I’m incredibly grateful for the experience. “Appearing on the show was a fantastic opportunity - to perform to millions of viewers is brilliant exposure.
“I’m also massively grateful for all the support I received from the public, particularly those in Yorkshire.
“I’ve had a lovely response from people and truly appreciate them taking time and spending money to vote for me.
“I do get recognised in the street now, whether I’m in Manchester or even Spain.”
Workaholic Ricky has shows booked in with Pontins and First Choice and will be performing on board cruise ships.
The comedian has also landed the lead role in Rotherham Civic’s pantomime Aladdin, which will see him performing in the town throughout the festive period.
“I was back gigging the very next day after the show - I brushed off my defeat by incorporating the famous Britain’s Got Talent buzzer into my act,” said Ricky.
“The feedback from those that have been to see my show since my TV appearance has been great, with most people saying they didn’t realise how much more I could do.
“I would encourage anybody who enjoyed my short performances on Britain’s Got Talent to come and see one of my gigs in full so they can experience all the elements of my show.”