Britain’s Got Talent 2012: Interview with Only Boys Aloud
Only Boys aloud was formed in 2010 by Tim who wanted to find the next generation of Welsh male singers by travelling to 10 different areas and setting up choirs which then became Only Boys Aloud. The Valleys suffers from mass unemployment, a benefit culture and a lot of young people who lack confidence; the choir was formed to challenge this and inject a confidence and passion into their lives. Their dream would be to perform at The White House for Barack Obama as Tim believes he encapsulates the lesion of the choir to never limit yourself. In the future, Tim would like to see the choir being rolled out across the country in other deprived areas as he believes it can change young people’s lives.
What made you audition for Britain’s Got Talent this year?
We’ve put the work in since forming in 2010, had a tremendous reception whenever we’ve performed, so we wanted to bring this to a wider audience.
What’s the most exciting thing about your Britain’s Got Talent experience so far?
Seeing the reaction of the judges and the audience. Bringing Simon to his feet was special.
Are you nervous about performing in the live shows? Which Judge scares you the most?
A mixture of exhilaration and sheer terror! Once we start singing, the whole power of what we do will kick in and we’ll be fine. After the Judges’ reaction in the first round, we’re now looking forward to the live performance.
What will you do with the £500,000 prize money if you win?
The whole purpose of Only Boys Aloud was to introduce the great heritage of male singing in the Welsh Valleys to a new generation, and through the success we’ve had, this will inspire so many young men in the area to discover the positive experience of being involved in a choir. We’ve set up an Only Boys Aloud charity, and the prize money would go into developing this further in the future.
What does performing at the Royal Variety Performance mean to you?
A tremendous honour. We already sang before the Prince of Wales at the opening concert for the Ryder Cup in the Millennium Stadium, but we’d love to go one step further and sing for the Queen.
Why should you win Britain’s Got Talent?
We have talent. More importantly we have dedication and commitment, and we can be inspirational figures for anyone out there, from whatever background, to show what music and being part of a young choir can bring.
How would you feel if you won? What do you want to do at the end of BGT?
Winning would be massive for us. But experiencing the thrill of being part of this mass choir is what keeps us going, and that will last long into the future. At the end of BGT…breathe out!
Tell us something about yourself that people may be surprised to know.
We have 280 feet!
If you could meet anyone in the world who would it be?
Barack Obama, but I’m sure the boys would like 140 Rihanna’s.
Who has been your favourite act from previous series of Britain’s Got Talent?