He may not have won the ITV talent show, but Billy George certainly has talent.
His skills in the ‘cyr wheel’ – a giant hoop – won the hearts of the nation, who voted him in the top three of Thursday night’s live semi-finals. Billy, who grew up in Batley, won 11 per cent of the night’s vote, putting him in third place out of nine acts.
Billy, 21, said he was pleased with his performance.
“I’d had a few problems in rehearsal with how slippery the stage was, but on the night I just kept calm, did the act and had fun,” he said.
“When I saw that I had a standing ovation, it was amazing. And to be placed in the top three, it’s absolutely unreal.”
At the end of the show it was up the judging panel – music mogul Simon Cowell, singer Alesha Dixon, actress Amanda Holden and comic David Walliams – to choose between Billy and synchronised swimmers Aquabatique for Saturday’s final.
Although they didn’t put him through, the judges had some nice things to say about Billy. Alesha’s comments about his physique left Billy blushing, and now he’s even been offered work as a model.
“For me, what I do on the wheel is more important than my body, but if work comes in because of my little chest, that’s all good.”
In the end, the winners of Britain’s Got Talent were Pudsey and Ashleigh – the dancing dog and trainer who stole the nation’s hearts.
Billy said: “I think Ashleigh deserved to win for the time and effort she’s put into training that dog. And that dog is so cute!”