Callum Oakley was only briefly featured on a recent audition episode of Britain’s Got Talent and we wrote at the time that we were cross at producers for cutting so much of his tryout from the pre-recorded show.
David Walliams told the 16 year old that he was the best young stand up comedian that he had ever seen, however at the time, all we were treated to was a short gag about a boxing based video game, that involved him air-punching for about 20 seconds. It was funny, but we wanted more.
We were relieved then when Oakley won a place in the semi finals and the talented teenager performed once more on tonight’s live show, in the hope of winning one of the remaining three places in Saturday’s grand finale.
Callum’s act revolved around recommending why Armani should choose Scousers for their next campaign and how Liverpuddlian mums buy cheap toilet paper and bargain shampoo. It’s not often we see a teenage take on stand-up comedy, and though his delivery could have been a bit snappier, Callum’s jokes were spot on and he was likeable enough on stage. Room for improvement, but I liked him.
- ALESHA DIXON: I think David said it all there. You’ve got a lot of potential. I wish it had gone on a bit longer actually, because I was just starting to get into it. I wish you the best of luck. You kept it relevant to your age and the things that are happening in your life.
- AMANDA HOLDEN: I honestly think you have the beginnings of a really good act. You’ve got great potential, but I’m not sure you’re quite there yet. I think this is going to be one of those programmes when you’re really famous we’ll look back and say “He was on Britain’s Got Talent.”
- SIMON COWELL: I think you are naturally funny. I thought your routine on the audition was better than we saw tonight, but as the guys said, this is a springboard for you.
- DAVID WALLIAMS: Callum, the good news is you’re funnier than Gatis Kandis. I still can’t believe you’re sixteen. And you know what? You’ve got very confident presence like Jack Dee and you combine that with physical comedy like Lee Evans. Whatever happens tonight, you are going to be a comedy star of the future.
Did you enjoy Callum’s performance tonight? Should it have won him a place in Saturday’s final? Leave your comments below…