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Collabro pledge to up their game for Britain's Got Talent final

Matthew Pagan today promised another big number asCollabro rocketed into the finals of Britain’s Got Talent.

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The Carlisle singer and his bandmates were the standout act as they performed in front of millions in the show’s first semi-final last night.

Their stunning performance of Bring Him Home from Les Miserables saw the show’s star judges give them a standing ovation and confirmed their place as one of the favourites to take the competition’s crown – a belief shared by show supremo Simon Cowell.

Now the group are preparing to take another major stride towards stardom as they start preparing for the final on Saturday June 7.

Matthew, 20, said today: “We are going to step our game up now. We’ve got another big song lined up but we’re not giving anything away.”

When told the group has been likened to an operatic One Direction, Matthew laughed and said: “That’s not a bad thing.”

He admitted that last night’s live performance had been completely different from the auditions because they had had to focus on singing to cameras rather than to an audience. He said it was much more nerve-wracking, but he was having the time of his life.

Matthew remains grounded however, saying that having “done the circuit” and appeared in pubs and clubs around the UK performing is his job.

“It is not just fun, it is work,” he said, adding that more hard work was still needed to ensure they succeeded.

Collabro earned a magnificent response when they were the last act of the night to perform in the live semi-final, broadcast on ITV.

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Judge David Walliams said: “Fantastic. You are stars. Your voices are just perfect together. They sound incredible.”

Singer Alesha Dixon added: “Such a confident strong, powerful performance. You have made your mark. Perfection – I love you guys.”

The most positive praise came from actress Amanda Holden who said each member of the boyband had the “most beautiful tone” before declaring: “I think we could be looking at the winners of Britain’s Got Talent.”

Simon Cowell rounded off the judging, saying: “The harmonies were spot on, preparation great. Britain really has got talent.”

Speaking later on Britain’s Got More Talent, he said Collabro were among the competition’s main contenders.

Going into last night’s show, the musical theatre boyband, whose other members are Jamie, Tom, Michael and Richard, had been second favourites for the BGT crown, behind schoolboy rappers Bars and Melody.

Their semi-final performance provoked an enthusiastic response from the group’s growing army of fans – dubbed the Collaborators.

Among those to heap praise on them was former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips, who tweeted: “ Congrats, Collabro!! Love their voices.”

Footage of Collabro’s Britain’s Got Talent audition has already clocked up about five million views on YouTube.

And Matthew, of St Anns, was not the only Cumbrian performing.

Whitehaven supermarket worker Nicola Tubman, 27, was a member of dance group Countryvive.

They had the tough task of being the first act to perform on last night’s show.

Nicola, 27, today said the experience of performing on such a big stage had been fantastic and said: “We are so proud of how we did and we are really pleased that we got as far as we did.”

In total, 45 acts will battle it out in this week’s live semis. Public votes during each show will decide who goes through.


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