Gruffydd: I’ll never feel like that again

Bangor Mail - - NEWS - Lydia Mor­ris Gruffydd Wyn Roberts is now back work­ing at Pon­tio in Ban­gor af­ter his Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent au­di­tion was televised last week­end

BRI­TAIN’S Got Tal­ent’s golden boy has told how his proud nan broke down in tears when she saw him per­form­ing on the show for the first time.

Gruffydd Wyn Roberts, 22, from Aml­wch in Anglesey, won Amanda Holden’s golden buzzer fol­low­ing his sen­sa­tional au­di­tion on ITV on Satur­day.

As a re­sult, the rugby player will go straight through to the live semi-fi­nals, which are ex­pected to be shown in the next few weeks.

Af­ter miss­ing the chance to see her grand­son’s au­di­tion live in Black­pool be­fore Si­mon Cow­ell, Amanda Holden, Ale­sha Dixon and David Wal­liams, Gruff’s nan Al­wena saw it for the first time on Satur­day evening.

The clas­si­cal singer, who lives with his nan, said she was “cry­ing her eyes out” as she watched at their lo­cal pub in Aml­wch with fam­ily and friends.

Speak­ing from Pon­tio in Ban­gor, where he works as a the­atre as­sis­tant, he said: “Although my nan wasn’t there on the day, I called her straight away once the au­di­tion was over.

“She was fast asleep but I had to wake her up and tell her the news. She was over the moon and she still is.

“And she was cry­ing her eyes out, bless her, on Satur­day night when she watched it. She’s such a big sup­port.”

De­spite pro­duc­ers not air­ing Gruff’s Jan­uary au­di­tion un­til Satur­day, he was the first act to win the cov­eted golden buzzer on the very first day of au­di­tions.

Af­ter un­ex­pect­edly press­ing the buzzer on day one, Amanda ran on stage to give her golden act a hug, telling him that he’d made his nan proud.

“When she hit that buzzer and the golden con­fetti came down from the air, you can’t de­scribe the feel­ing,” said Gruff.

“It was just in­cred­i­ble. I’ll never feel like that again I don’t think.

“I still can’t be­lieve re­ally.”

Re­veal­ing how dif­fi­cult it was to keep the news to him­self, he added: “It’s been a long five months try­ing to keep it quiet.

“I was al­lowed to tell friends and fam­ily, but I think they’re the ones who found it more dif­fi­cult keep­ing it se­cret than I did be­cause they were all so ex­cited about it.

“I had to get my­self ready for the semi­fi­nal, so I had other things to con­cen­trate on, but my friends and fam­ily were so ex­cited to tell every­one.”

The bud­ding star, whose au­di­tion has been viewed more than three mil­lion times on YouTube, wowed the judges with a sen­sa­tional ren­di­tion of Nes­sun Dorma by Puc­cini.

But his au­di­tion had been halted by Si­mon Cow­ell just sec­onds in, with the judge call­ing him “cold and me­chan­i­cal”.

Gruff, who doesn’t think the move was staged, said: “What Si­mon said up­set me a lit­tle bit, but af­ter­wards I was so happy how it turned out.

“I think I’ve pre­pared my­self well enough not to be stopped again, but if it hap­pens, it hap­pens and there’s noth­ing I can do about it re­ally.

“I thought it was all over when he stopped me, but I was lucky enough to get that sec­ond chance.

“I just had to take it all in and give it ev­ery­thing. I had to grab the bull by the horns and get through it.

“See­ing the re­ac­tion from my friends and brother was def­i­nitely some­thing that got me through it.

“I def­i­nitely feel pre­pared for the semi­fi­nals though. I’ve been re­hears­ing re­li­giously.”

Re­veal­ing he “wouldn’t do any­thing dif­fer­ently” if he was to re­live the mo­ment, he added: “I went with my gut feel­ing.

“I thought Un Giorno Per Noi was a good song. It was dif­fer­ent and some­thing no­body had re­ally heard on the show be­fore. it’s hap­pened

“I only had Nes­sun Dorma as a backup re­ally, just in case, but I don’t think I’d have done it dif­fer­ently if I was to do it again.”

Although he says he has a few tricks up his sleeve for the semi-fi­nals, Gruff said his biggest com­pe­ti­tion is Ro­nan Bus­field – an­other op­er­atic singer who has been com­pared to Paul Potts.

“All the golden buzzers this year are singers, but Ro­nan Bus­field does a sim­i­lar sort of thing to me, so I’ll need to watch out for him,” he said.

“I think there’s a lot of tough com­pe­ti­tion this year. The stan­dard is re­ally high.

“Ale­sha has called it the bat­tle of the singers this year, so I think it’s go­ing to be quite a chal­lenge, but game on.”

Asked whether he thinks he could go on to win the show, he said: “Who knows? The re­ac­tion I’ve had from the pub­lic so far has been in­cred­i­ble and they’re all root­ing for me, so who knows?

“I’m just tak­ing it step by step at the mo­ment and hope­fully I’ll get through the semi-fi­nals. We’ll see what hap­pens af­ter then.”

Tra­di­tion­ally, the win­ner of the show gets to per­form in front of the Royal Fam­ily at the Royal Va­ri­ety Per­for­mance, as well as be­ing awarded a cash prize of £250,000.

Although Si­mon Cow­ell and his team are yet to con­firm if this year will fol­low suit, Gruff said he’s al­ready “thought a lot” about what he would do with the money if he went on to win.

“I’d prob­a­bly have a night out with the lads to cel­e­brate,” he laughed.

“And I’d use it to help de­velop my­self as an artist. I think it would set me up for what I love do­ing, which is singing.

“My long-term dream is to be a clas­si­cal singer, sell­ing out the­atres, tour­ing and sell­ing al­bums.”

Pics: ARWEN ROBERTS / ITV

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