Barnstaple teenagers audition for Britain's Got Talent
By tinap | Monday, November 12, 2012, 12:21
Two young musicians from Barnstaple had their first taste of fame this weekend when they auditioned for the top ITV show Britain's Got Talent.
Sixteen-year-old Frank Place from Barnstaple, and fifteen-year-old Jack Leslie, from nearby Loxhore, were performing as their band, Multiplescoregasm. They applied to take part in the show in May, but only received a phone call ten days ago from Britain's Got Talent producers asking them to attend an audition in Cardiff last weekend.
The two boys travelled to the SWALEC centre in the Welsh capital on Saturday. They queued up outside the centre with their friends, Jas Ivers and Henry Watkins, and their mums, Tina and Andrea, for around four hours, along with hundreds of other hopefuls, before being led into a 'holding room'.
Once inside Frank's mandolin attracted attention from the producers and the boys were asked to film a special segment with Jas and Henry. Producers also asked them if they could film the boys at their houses the following day, but went off the idea when the boys told them they lived in North Devon, not Cardiff.
Frank and Jack were then led into a room where they performed the Green Day classic 'Good riddance', with Jack on the acoustic guitar and Frank on the Mandolin, in front of one of the show's researchers and a cameraman. They will find out in February whether they are successful and can go forward to the next stage of the competition where they will perform in front of the judges and a live audience.
Frank, a pupil at Barnstaple's Park School said, "It was a great experience. I wasn't nervous until we walked into the audition room and then the nerves set it. I had to play for one person, which I find harder than playing to an audience, but we really enjoyed ourselves, and I really hope we go through."
The two boys have known each other for six years, and have been playing guitar for some years separately, but only formed their band six months ago.
Tina, Frank's mum, said, "It was a lot of waiting around, but it was a good day. It was all very friendly and there was a lovely atmosphere in the queue, with people practising their routines. It was really interesting to watch how the show is filmed. They don't really give you any indication whether you're through or not, so we'll just have to wait and see what happens."Click HERE to see the photos.