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Bullied Choirboy in Semifinals

Andrew Johnston
Andrew Johnston

CARLISLE choirboy Andrew Johnston has made it through to the live semi-finals of TV talent contest Britain’s Got Talent.

Millions of television viewers watched tonight as the 13-year-old Trinity School pupil was told that he had progressed to the next stage of the show.

He is among 40 contenders now vying to win the competition crown.

To secure ultimate victory he will have to overcome the talents of other singers, dancers and comedians.

Viewers were also poised to discover tonight whether young Appleby dance group the Boogie Babes had made it through to the semis.

Stanwix youngster Andrew, who stole the nation's hearts after revealing how he had been bullied for his singing and is head chorister at Carlisle Cathedral, was shown as acts which had featured in the audition stages nervously awaited news of who had made it to the semis from judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan.

He said: “If I make it through it would mean everything.”

Former national newspaper editor Morgan said they had witnessed star potential. 

The show's semi-finalists will compete in a series of live shows, starting on ITV1 on Monday at 9pm.

From those viewers will choose one act and the judges another to go through to the live final a week today where 10 acts will battle for votes to secure the Britain’s Got Talent crown.

As well as a £100,000 cash prize, the winner of the competition will get the chance to perform in front of Prince Charles at the Royal Variety Performance.

The week after his TV audition, Andrew entertained hundreds of new fans at Carlisle Cathedral in a lunchtime concert. And earlier this month he performed in front of 12,000 fans before Carlisle’s match against Bournemouth sporting a Cumbria Police Respect T-shirt.

Bookies have placed Andrew as odds-on favourite to win the talent show.

At his original audition, Andrew had viewers and television’s ‘Mr Nasty’, Simon Cowell, almost in tears with his moving performance of Pie Jesu and tale of how he was bullied.

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