14 year old Jack Carroll was invited to audition for this year’s Britain’s Got Talent series it has been reported.
The 14 year old stand up comedian has become a bit of a youtube sensation and hit the headlines last year when he won a Pride Of Britain award. He has appeared on This Morning and performed at a number of high profile gigs and it’s claimed that producers of the show heard of him and asked him to apply for the ITV show.
Jack – who was born with cerebral palsy – was a big hit when he showcased his comedy routine for Simon Cowell, David Walliams, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon and his jokes were centred around his own disability. David told him he had ‘comic genius’ and that ‘every joke was a winner’ while Amanda praised his ‘self-depreceating’ style.
His mum Sue told the Daily Star that he was asked to attend the judges’ auditions and explained:
“Jack won a Pride Of Britain award last year and afterwards we got an email or call saying ‘Would he like to apply?’ and he said ‘Yes’”.
Carroll isn’t the only act to have been asked alone, not by far.
It’s been claimed that gospel choir Incognito were first spotted when they turned up to audition for The X Factor, while 11-year-old singer Arisxandra Libantino auditioned for BGT two years ago and was invited back recently.
A spokesperson for Britain’s Got Talent commented: “We want to showcase the best talent around and therefore, we explore every avenue in our mission to do so.
“Arisxandra auditioned for BGT two years ago.
“She was only nine years old at the time and it was felt that she wasn’t quite ready.”
They added: “As for Incognito, Simon had never seen or heard of them before the auditions.
“The show casts it’s net far and wide. Incognito were discovered by researchers via YouTube. All contestants are auditioned on merit.”
Whether the auditions were slightly staged or not, it didn’t hurt the show’s ratings and Britain’s Got Talent attracted a whopping 13 million viewers for it’s first episode of the year. That’s more than the X Factor got for it’s 2012 final.
Amanda Holden seems pretty chuffed with the showing and tweeted:
“Amazing ratings on #BGT last night! Thank you for watching! We peaked at over 13.4m!!”
“Thank you all for such an amazing response!! Loving My tweeters #BGT Rocks!!!”
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