We’re delighted to reveal that Britain’s Got Talent star Billy George, who made it to the semi-finals of last year’s series with his astounding acrobatics act, is joining the team of guest writers here at Unreality TV!
And in order to introduce himself to you all, we invited Billy to write an article detailing his experiences on BGT, and here’s what he had to say…
Billy George First time blogger!
After seeing an article published by Unreality TV asking for new bloggers, I could not resist getting involved!
I was previously a contestant on BGT 2012 and was lucky enough to reach the live-semi finals and perform for the judges, including of course Mr Simon Cowell himself…
And it was nerve wracking as only was there the pressure of facing the judges and their buzzers, there was also a live studio audience of 500 people cheering, and a nightly viewing audience of ten million Brits.
But my journey starts a few days before stepping into the famous Fountain Studios in Wembley, West London…
I first received the call asking me to take part as a live semi-finalist after previously being dropped from the final line up at the deliberation stage. I jumped at the chance and headed to the Fremantle offices in central London.
Once there, I signed in, took the elevator to the 9th floor and was then taken to a private meeting room to discuss my act, sign a few important documents and fill in a media questionnaire. I left with the realisation – I am going to be a contestant!
The next few days were packed with lawyers meetings, doctors appointments, rehearsals, interviews, and pure nerves. I was given a two hour rehearsal period with the in-house choreographer who moulded me and my act into a potential winning number. A few hours later, a cab arrives to take me to the studio.
Fortunately, I managed to sneak into the studios the day before my live show and I gave myself a tour of the celeb dressing rooms. Amanda, Alesha, David and Ant and Dec’s fill one corridor, but Simon’s dressing room is nowhere to be seen!
As rehearsals continue in the background – they seem to be running a little over time – one of the BGT backstage team makes an order for 160 pizzas to keep everyone happy!
Meanwhile, each contestant gets three on-stage rehearsals on the day of their live show. Sitting in the waiting room, listening to Ryan O’shaughnessy serenade the stage crew with ‘First Kiss’ and managing catch a glimpse of Cascade dunking high, I patiently waited for my turn…
Soon, I headed onto the stage and out blasts my track, the sound system in the studio is loud enough to deafen. In all three of my rehearsals I fall flat on my rear, making the producers worry slightly about the evening live shows. But, it will all be right on the night!
After the show, and a result of seeing two contestants progress onto the live final, everyone is in good spirits enjoying a glass of bubbly and congratulating others on their performance. I was introduced to Peter Dickson (the guy who does the epic voice-overs you hear on X Factor and BGT) and I instantly ask him to say ‘Billy George’ in his famous fashion.
There was always one thing I wanted to do – if you are familiar with ‘planking’ – I wanted to plank the judges’ desk. Which I managed once the show was over!
After an amazing journey through the BGT machine, I now perform my act globally for all sorts of events, dinners and launches. Britain’s Got Talent definitely opened new opportunities for me and I get to travel the world doing what I love!
Billy George – Unreality TV
You can catch up with Billy on his Twitter page – click here to go there – and of course, we’ll be bringing you Billy’s reports and articles soon!
For now, here’s a reminder of his amazing act on BGT…