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Collabro win Britain's Got Talent semi-final

Singing sensations Collabro won the first Britain's Got Talent semi-final tonight.

Collabro photo
Collabro on tonight's show

The five-piece, which includes Carlisle's Matthew Pagan, had received a standing ovation from the judges in the live semi.

Collabro wowed the studio audience and judges but still faced an anxious wait to see if the public had actually voted them through to the grand final.

In an exclusive interview with the News & Star, Matthew said they had lined up a "huge song - a real tearjerker" for the hit ITV show.

And they didn't disappoint as they took to the stage as the ninth and final act of the night and performed Bring Him Home.

Watch Collabro perform Bring Him Home. Article continues below...

Judge David Walliams said: "Fantastic guys. You are stars. Your voices are just perfect together, they sound incredible."

Alesha Dixon said: "Such a confident strong, powerful performance. You have made your mark. Perfection - I love you guys."

And Amanda Holden said: "Every single one of you has the most beautiful tone. I think we could be looking at the winners of Britain's Got Talent."

Simon Cowell said: "You decided the kind of band you wanted to be and the music you wanted to make, which is really important. The harmonies were spot on, preparation great. Britain really has got talent."

Going into tonight'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.

Collabro - whose army of fans are known as Collaborators - have been acclaimed across the world since their outstanding audition was broadcast on April 12.

The YouTube video of their performance (Stars from musical Les Miserables) has been viewed about five million times and they have attracted thousands to their social media channels. In addition, numerous fan channels have sprung up in support.

Kicking off the live show was line dance troupe Countryvive, which includes Whitehaven supermarket worker Nicola Tubman.

Three of the judges - Walliams, Dixon and Holden - praised the dancers, with Walliams saying he never knew country dancing could be so sexy.

But fourth judge Simon Cowell was less kind.

"You were really good the first time we saw you. I thought tonight was a bit of a mess.

"You were more authentic first time round. This is the kind of thing you'd see at any local country and western dance club.

"For the [semi] finals of Britain's Got Talent I would have expected something better than that.

"You're going to need a miracle to get through," he said.

There were two places in the BGT final up for grabs from tonight's semi-final. The other act voted through was illusionist Darcy Oake.

In total, 45 acts will battle it out in this week's live semis.

Public votes during each show will decide who goes through, with the overall winner picking up £250,000 and a place in the Royal Variety Performance.

Have your say

These boys are just fantastic. Their voices blend beautifully.
I cannot wait to purchase their CD.
I have played all their. Performances on you tube over and over again.
Good luck and good fortune follow them always.

Posted by Patricia Morakis on 10 June 2014 at 15:39

I first saw Collabro on youtube (we can't get Britain's Got Talent in the USA) and fell in love with these talented young men. Their voices are so compatible and beautiful that it raises the hair on your arms. I also watched the other acts ahown on youtube and although some of them were very good, Collabro was still the best in my opinion.

Posted by Sharon Nichols on 3 June 2014 at 15:27

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