Britain’s Got Talent boost for strongman

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AN ILKESTON world record holder is hoping he will take to the stage on live TV after getting through the first stage of auditions for the top show Britain’s Got Talent.

John Evans balanced 20 tubs on his head in front of celebrity judges, Amanda Holden, Michael McIntyre, David Hasselhoff and a crowd of 3,000 at the Manchester Opera House.

After the audition he told the Advertiser: “I went behind a black curtain under my lifting frame and when I was ready I gave a signal for the ‘Eye of the Tiger’ music and the curtain dropped.

“I had 20 Gorilla tubs on my head, the crowd went wild and then I took my hands away and started moving and dancing.

“The crowd was great.”

Thousands of people every year audition for the programme. After the initial auditions contestants progress to eventually appear on live shows where the public vote for their favourite.

The winner gets the chance to perform at the Royal Variety Show.

After his performance he waited to see what the judges had to say.

He said: “Michael said to me ‘Do you think the Queen would be impressed seeing you balance 20 tubs with gorillas on your head?’

“I just said to him that maybe not but she would like to see me balance a Mini on my head, which is one of my world records, and the crowd went mad again.”

David Hasselhoff voted no but Amanda Holden and Michael McIntyre put John through to the next round.

John said: “It was brilliant I spent about half an hour being interviewed by Ant and Dec and they filmed me walking in and sitting in the waiting area and before I went on.

“I think I’ve got a pretty good chance of getting through to the next round and I hope I do as I’ve got big plans for what’s next.”

Five hundred acts will now be narrowed down to 40.

The show starts later this year on ITV1.