The auditions move to Cardiff on tomorrow night’s Britain’s Got Talent, and one man waiting backstage is more nervous than most of the acts. Jamie Pugh, a 37 year old Warehouse worker and pizza delivery driver from Gwent, hasn’t slept in three nights and he’s worried his nerves might just prove too much. As he explains, “I suffer from severe stage fright, it has totally crippled me, and I’ve come today to see if I can get through 3 minutes.”
Performing in front of the live audience and Judges is miles away from Jamie’s day to day job, “in the day time I work three days a week driving a van and in the evenings I deliver pizza. I’m just a simple bloke from the Valleys, but my dream is to sing at the Royal Variety in front of a live orchestra”. But Jamie’s biggest worry is walking out on stage and freezing, but with partner Donna watching on helplessly in the audience its time to see if Jamie can finally conquer his stage fright.
Singing Bring Him Home from Les Miserables, Donna, his proud partner is up on her feet in the audience looking emotional as Jamie starts his faultless and emotional performance. All three Judges look spellbound and at the end of the song the whole theatre is on its feet, bringing tears and a look of shock to Jamie’s face.
The Judges give their verdict: Amanda, “it is a beautiful song and that was amazing.” With Piers adding “I wasn’t expecting that kind of performance from you. You deliver pizza’s at night for goodness sake and you come on this stage, one of the biggest talent shows in the world and do a performance like that, I thought it was incredible.” And Simon adds, “I think I just got how important the last 3 mins of your life just were, and to get the reaction you just got from the audience must be unbelievable. It’s people like you the reason why we come to Wales every year, I think you could be a special talent, but you have to start believing in yourself”
A shell-shocked and emotional Jamie walks off stage saying, “for this brief moment I feel complete”.