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Saturday, 01 November 2014

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Carlisle's Collabro star flattered by One Direction comparison

Collabro singer Matthew Pagan says it’s great to be compared to the world’s biggest boyband and joked: “I’d love to have their bank account”.

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Matthew Pagan

Carlisle’s Britain’s Got Talent finalist is riding high with his group after storming through the show’s semi-finals this week.

The theatre music-inspired Collabro’s following and potential is such that they’ve already been compared to One Direction.

And Matthew, 20, joked: “Being compared with One Direction is no bad thing – I’d like to have their bank accounts!

“Everyone knows how successful One Direction are. To be compared to them is great.”

Collabro will find out tonight the complete line-up of other acts that they’ll face in the series’ live finale next Saturday.

The group remains among the favourites to take the crown but faces tough competition.

Show supremo Simon Cowell has already tipped them as title contenders, as has his fellow Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden, along with X Factor judge Louis Walsh.

Collabro now have more than 30,000 followers on Twitter and footage of them on YouTube has been viewed about five million times.

Despite their growing fame and popularity, Matthew, a former shop worker from St Anns, insists he is not letting stardom go to his head.

He’s come up through the traditional route of singing in pubs, clubs and holiday camps - initially starting out as a swing music singer - and says he appreciates the opportunity he’s now got.

The former St Aidans School pupil told the News & Star: “I’ve had a good grounding. I know this is a job and you have to work hard.

“This is an amazing experience but it’s still a job. Remembering that is keeping me grounded.

“I think I’ve had the best grounding - going out there and doing the pubs and clubs. It makes you appreciate what’s happening.”

Matthew also again thanked all those from Cumbria who continue to support them as part of their army of fans, the Collaborators.

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