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Carlisle's Collabro star stunned by Britain's Got Talent show fame

Britain's Got Talent contender Matthew Pagan says he’s still stunned by his new star status.

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Matthew Pagan

Fans will find out this weekend whether the 20-year-old has made it through to the live semi-finals of the television talent contest.

The Carlisle singer is one fifth of boyband Collabro, who stunned the show’s judges, including Simon Cowell, at their audition, aired last month.

That performance has since had nearly five million hits on YouTube and their new legion of fans – already dubbed the Collaborators – are desperate to find out whether the group makes it to the next stage of the competition, where the public decides who progresses.

Matthew admits it’s been an exciting few weeks since Collabro’s audition, where they received a standing ovation from the audience and the judges, also including comedian David Walliams, TV star Amanda Holden and singer Alesha Dixon.

He said: “It’s been unreal. We’ve had such good support. It’s been incredible.”

And on the group’s eyewatering YouTube views figure, he added: “It still feels surreal to think that all those people have watched us and that they like what we do.

“It’s a great feeling. At our audition we performed in front of 3,500 people. If we make it through, the next time we perform would be to an audience of millions. We’ve just got to hope we get through.”

That audition performance had the bookies tipping the group as among the favourites to win the show and become one of the acts at this year’s Royal Variety Performance.

Cowell told them: “When the five of you came out I thought, ‘Here we go again, another boyband, this is going to be awful.’

“But it was an absolutely brilliant audition. Brilliant.”

Collabro have since gone on to appear on ITV’s This Morning, where they were interviewed by Eamon Holmes and Ruth Langsford, with Ruth telling them: “So many girls want to know who everybody is.”

This week, the group took part in a celebrity soccer sixes competition and also got to go backstage at hit West End musical Les Miserables – the show from which their audition track Stars came – and meet its cast.

Watch Collabro on Britain's Got Talent. Article continues below...

On Sunday night, Britain’s Got Talent viewers will see the judges make the difficult decisions as to who from their shortlisted acts make it through to the live semi-finals, which start on Monday.

Collabro got together through social media over a love for musical theatre and the group are excited about what the future could hold, whatever their fate on the prime-time television show.

Matthew, of St Anns, who has moved to London to pursue his dream of stardom, says he’s grateful for the support he’s had from his friends and family in Carlisle.

“They’ve been amazing. We’ve had a lot of support from Carlisle.

“It’s great to get support from your home city,” he added.

Last week, Matthew, a former pupil at St Aidan’s School, put on a special performance at Richard Rose Central Academy, on the site of his former secondary

There, he did a solo performance of Stars.

Headteacher Neil Hutchinson said: “It was a fabulous performance – just him and the microphone. Our students clapped and applauded and really enjoyed having a star at lunchtime.

“It was an opportunity from our perspective to show that success can come from hard work.

“Matthew is a great role model for the boys and he certainly entertained the girls.”

Watch Collabro perform Hallelujah live:

Watch Collabro perform Somewhere live:


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