Britain’s Got Talent 2011: Michael Collins has his own Susan Boyle moment!

by Gerard McGarry

Michael Collins was seen taking the Cardiff audience by surprise on tonight’s Britain’s Got Talent.

The show returned for the first episode of it’s fifth series and even though the addition of Michael McIntyre and David Hasselhoff to the lineup meant that it has almost a brand new panel, there were still the same moments of shock when a contestant looks like they will be hideously bad and then turn out to be astoundingly talented.

Introducing himself with no airs and graces, the hoody wearing IT engineer to Ant and Dec:

“My name’s Michael, I’m 19 and I work in a computer shop in Plymouth. I live with my mum and dad on a caravan site. It’s not too bad actually, it’s quite posh really. You’ve got to have a little key card to open the gates, it’s pretty good. My fiancée is called Sarah. About a year and a half ago I proposed to her in a bit of a stupid place – an all you can eat Chinese restaurant, in front of her mum and sister! She was embarrassed and started crying. But Chinese and a pint, it’s gotta be done.”

Michael and his guitar then took to the stage to meet the judges.

He told The Hoff that his dream was “To be a successful recording artist, to sell lots of albums all over the world.”

Before he sang we almost guffawed but after hearing his voice, the dream didn’t seem quite so far-fetched.

After being enchanted by Michael’s dulcet tones as he sang Tracy Chapman’s Fast Car, the panel raved about his performance and unanimously agreed to to put him through to the next round.

Amanda Holden admitted that she ‘didn’t expect much’ from Michael, but conceded that during his tryout he ‘really delivered.’

Michael McIntyre called his audition an ‘instant moment.’

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