Gruff shines again in BGT fi­nal near-miss

Bangor Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Steve Bag­nall

GRUFFYDD Wyn Roberts is a win­ner in his fam­ily’s eyes af­ter miss­ing out on the Bri­tain’s Got Ta­lent ti­tle, as it was re­vealed the 22 year-old came joint third in the pub­lic vote.

The Amwlch singing sen­sa­tion was given rap­tur­ous ap­plause with a stun­ning ren­di­tion of Per­fect, which An­drei Boc­celli had recorded with Ed Sheeran, when he took cen­tre stage in front of mil­lions of cap­ti­vated view­ers.

In the end Amanda’s golden buzzer act Gruff did not make the fi­nal three af­ter a pub­lic vote.

Of­fi­cial vot­ing stats from ITV have shown that there was less than 6% be­tween Anglesey singer Gruffydd Wyn Roberts and sec­ond place run­ner-up – co­me­dian Robert White.

The fig­ures re­vealed that the Aml­wch lad came joint third with Donchez Dacres – both se­cur­ing just over 11% of the fi­nal votes.

The win­ner was co­me­dian Lost Voice Guy.

But fam­ily, friends and fans, who watched his per­for­mance on a screen set up in his home­town, were 100% be­hind Gruff’s amaz­ing ef­fort which has seen him en­chant peo­ple across the coun­try with his mes­meris­ing voice.

His aunty Medi Green­helgh said: “I’m gut­ted he didn’t win but in my eyes, he is the win­ner. I think he’ll be feel­ing very dis­ap­pointed but he’s done us all so proud. The world is his oys­ter now. Things can only get bet­ter for him”

At least 1,000 were es­ti­mated to have gath­ered at Aml­wch Port to watch Gruff’s bid on a big screen in a car­ni­val at­mos­phere.

Work­mates from Pon­tio, in Ban­gor, had also made the trip there to watch the fi­nal, tak­ing their own ban­ners and posters of sup­port along­side a set of friends from Rygbi Clwb Ben­l­lech. Be­fore Gruff sang, his fam­ily said they had been over­whelmed by sup­port for him as the ex­pec­ta­tion built.

Gruff’s aunty Gwenno Davies said the whole fam­ily are all so proud and that he was al­ready a win­ner in their eyes. “It would be bril­liant if he won, but he’s al­ready a win­ner in our eyes. We’re all so proud of him”.

The rugby player had made it through to the finals af­ter fin­ish­ing sec­ond in the pub­lic vote in the semi-finals with his stun­ning ren­di­tion of Andrea Bo­cel­lis’ Nelle Tue Mani from the film Glad­i­a­tor. He was up against nine other win­ning semi-fi­nal­ists plus the judge’s wild­card B Pos­i­tive and was fourth favourite go­ing into the fi­nal with the book­ies hav­ing Lost Voice Guy, DVJ and Robert White ahead.

The judges were Si­mon Cow­ell, David Wal­liams, Ale­sha Dixon and Amanda Holden - she had picked him as her golden buzzer act in the first au­di­tions where he sang Nes­sun Dorma, send­ing him straight through to the live semi-finals held on Wed­nes­day.

Af­ter his per­for­mance Amanda: “I am so proud of you – what an amaz­ing con­trolled sexy ver­sion of that song.”

Si­mon added: “I think Gruff did amaz­ing – that was a re­ally smart choice of song.

“I’ve seen your con­fi­dence grow.”

David said: “You are the heart and soul of this show.”

And Ale­sha said: “This is the start of some­thing amaz­ing for you. You’re fan­tas­tic.”

In­set, fam­ily, friends and fans watch Gruffydd Wyn Roberts in the BGT fi­nal

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