Performers from Sheffield are keeping their fingers crossed judges think they have got talent – after auditioning for a top TV show.
Dancers, musicians, comedians and more quirky performers were given the chance to audition for Britain’s Got Talent when the show finally held auditions in the city yesterday.
A steady stream of hopefuls showed off their talents in front of a panel of judges at Sheffield University’s Students’ Union.
Schoolboy Cole Broughton, from Beighton, was inspired to audition by his martial arts instructor Liam Richards, one half of martial arts duo Strike who reached the live final of the ITV talent show in 2008.
The nine-year-old attends Excel Martial Arts, which Liam runs from Mosborough, and had been practising his audition piece for three months.
Cole, a pupil at Mosborough Primary School, said before his audition: “I’m doing martial arts, but in a musical form.
“My instructor Liam found out about the auditions and told me to go for it.
“I practise almost everyday. I’m a bit nervous about my routine because there isn’t much space.”
Danny Askham, of Wisewood, was delighted with his performance of John Legend’s All of Me.
The 17-year-old said: “I’ve been singing for 12 years. I’ve never had lessons – I just teach myself.
“I auditioned for The X Factor and The Voice earlier this year, but I’m hoping this is the one where I get through. I want to prove to myself I can do it. I lost my aunt three years ago and she was has been my main motivation.
“When she passed away I got my drive and concentrated on singing and getting into college.” Eleven-year-old Jack Barnsley, from Mosborough was beaming after his audition.
The Eckington Junior School pupil sang and played a song he had written himself on the piano, about his favourite singer Connie Talbot, who rose to fame in 2007 when she reached the final of the first series.
He said: “The judges asked me what I was singing and then I performed. It went really well.”
His mum Kate, aged 40, said: “They’ve asked for his contact details, which has got to be a good thing.”
Amarpaul Midha, aged 20, was hoping his routine would take the judges by surprise.
The Sheffield University dentistry student said: “They are going to be thinking I’m doing one thing and then I’m going to flip into another.
“I start with Punjabi dancing and then move into body popping.
“I only found out about the auditions three days ago, so I’ve put the routine together in three days.”
The auditions are taking place at the same time as open auditions in cities across the UK.