Neil Horan: A Defrocked Priest With Disruptive Tendencies

Britain’s Got Talent do love a bit of publicity but I didn’t think that even they would have took a chance on a man like Neil Horan.

Neil appeared on Saturday night’s show displaying his grand lack of Irish Dancing skills. I watched him perform and wondered how he had gotten through the early auditions and made it to see the celebrity judges when he is obviously not talented but not bad or funny enough to make good TV. It turns out that the BGT producers may have had their own reasons for putting Neil through.

Neil is often referred to as The Grand Prix Priest or The Dancing Priest but the 62 year old is actually an ex-Catholic priest who was sacked for using his sermons to “advance his sensationalist views”. He was cleared in 2004 of indecently assaulting a seven year old girl, he also has a habit of disrupting large organised events.

Neil has previously interfered with the running of the 2003 British Grand Prix and the 2004 Summer Olympics men’s marathon in order to promote his religious belief that the end of the World is near.

So the question needs to be asked, why would TV producers let this man anywhere near their TV show. They have claimed that they had no idea who he was, but he insists they knew his history and were hoping to gain some extra publicity from it.

I’d say he probably has a point. Neil did not use a fake name on his BGT application and any researcher worth their salt would Google possible stars of the show. Neil Horan has his own wikipedia page, he is not hard to find!

Neil has managed to make it through to the next round of the show. Simon Cowell wasn’t a fan but Piers and Amanda both wanted to see more of his weird hopping and skipping routine. It will be interesting to see what happens next. Will ITV allow him to continue through the audition process, knowing that he may have a stunt up his sleeve? Watch this space!

Lisa McGarry

Lisa has been watching reality TV for too long now. She won't do any housework unless 'Big Brother' announces it over the tannoy and everything she does has to be put to a public vote!