Sheffield comedian bows out of TV talent show

Ricky K on Britain's Got Talent.
Ricky K on Britain's Got Talent.
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Sheffield comedian Ricky K’s royal dream is over after he was eliminated in the semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent tonight.

The 33-year-old, from Mosborough, reached the live semi-finals of the television talent show, but his Circle of Life musical comedy mime performance was not enough to secure him a place in the final and the chance of winning £250,000 and a spot on the Royal Variety Performance.

Ricky, real name Richard Calow, had impressed in his audition to win the semi-final spot – but failed to repeat the trick in front of a live TV audience.

Show judge and music mogul Simon Cowell told him: “I really like you and I’m glad you got a shot on the show.

“Being honest, the first time I saw you, it was fresh and different. The second time I didn’t think the script was as funny.”

Fellow judge and comedian David Walliams told Ricky: “You are a born entertainer and you would be perfect for the Royal Variety Performance with your visual humour.”

Singer and judge Alesha Dixon told him: “It did feel a little flat in a few places, but you did well.”

And judge and actress Amanda Holden said: “I think you have so many great qualitiies, but tonight it felt a bit stop-start.”

Accepting the feedback, Ricky said: “It’s a show and anything can happen.”

However, Ricky did not attract enough votes from the public to finish in the top three of the show and a chance to be in the final.

Ricky, who normally performs at pubs and clubs and has worked on cruise ships and holiday parks. entered the competition after being persuaded by his singer girlfriend, Clare Jones, aged 28.

A week after attending an open audition in London, he was invited to try out in front of the judging panel in Birmingham, where he wowed them with a mimed love story.

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