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Two Cumbrians in tonight's Britain's Got Talent semi-finals

Two Cumbrian performers are in groups that will go head-to-head in tonight's Britain's Got Talent live semi-final.

Matthew Pagan photo
Matthew Pagan

Whitehaven supermarket worker Nicola Tubman, meanwhile, is one of the members of dance troupe CountryVive.

They are among the nine acts who will battle for public votes tonight to see if they can make it through to the competition's final on June 7.

Viewers watched the acts learn their fate in last night's episode of the television talent show ahead of their live semis starting tonight.

After the show was aired, Matthew, 20, said: "It’s a dream come true for me and all of us – for something like this to happen is absolutely massive.

“We have worked really hard and hope we’ve done enough to get to the final. I want to do Carlisle proud.

“We have got a huge song lined up for the semi – it’s a real tear jerker – so hopefully we’ll get the votes to get to the final. I believe we can do it.”

Matthew’s mum and dad Tony and Linda travelled from their home in the St Anns area of Carlisle to London yesterday to watch the show with him.

Linda said: “I’m really, really proud of Matthew and just so excited that he has made it through to the semi-finals. It’s so nice to see him doing so well and getting so far in the show – it’s brilliant.

“It is quite surreal though because we have watched him ever since the first audition and we keep watching. It’s a strange thing to see your son on TV.

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“We would like to think he will get to the final – fingers crossed – I think the band are fantastic but I am biased after all!”

David McNeill, Matthew’s former teacher at Carlisle theatre group StagedRight, was full of confidence that his former charge could go all the way.

He said: “StagedRight are absolutely delighted at Matthew’s success so far.

“We believe he and Collabro have got the talent and the public appeal to make it all the way through to the final and hopefully beyond.

"Whatever the outcome, they have a great career ahead of them.”

Millions of viewers tuned in last night to find out which acts had made it through to the semi-finals.

Fans of Matthew and the band from all over the world – their so-called Collaborators – took to Twitter to congratulate the boys after judge Alesha Dixon broke the news to the boys.

She told them: “The standard this year has been the highest it has ever been.

“It is never easy to be in a situation where you could be crushing someone’s dreams.

“I’m so sorry to be the one to tell’re through!”

  • Bookmakers have Collabro as second favourites to win the competition behind schoolboy rappers Bars and Melody.



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