It’s over in a flash for Grease hope­ful…

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION - by Clare Mul­grew

North School pupil still hope­lessly de­voted to stage

AN ASH­FORD teenager who made it on to ITV’s television show Grease is the Word said he en­joyed the ex­pe­ri­ence, de­spite harsh words from the judges.

Michael Ma­her, 16, a stu­dent at The North School, faced the celebrity judges af­ter mak­ing it through two pre­lim­i­nary au­di­tions, but was kicked off be­fore the can­di­dates were sent to boot camp.

The television se­ries is search­ing for a Danny and Sandy to play the lead roles in a forth­com­ing West End mu­si­cal of the hit film, Grease.

Michael was called back to ap­pear on the af­ter show, Greased Light­ning, to per­form one last time on Satur­day, May 19.

“I ab­so­lutely loved the ex­peri- ence,” he said.

“I’ve al­ways been into act­ing. I’ve done all the pro­duc­tions at school and the Christ­mas con­certs.

“We are do­ing the Wizard of Oz at the mo­ment and I’m play­ing the wizard.” Michael said most of the celebrity judges were nasty to him, with David Gest call­ing him “weird”.

“Brian Fried­man liked me, but said I’m not ready to go on the pro­gramme yet,” he added.

Michael said he had dined with all the fi­nal­ists fol­low­ing the af­ter show last Satur­day and said he hoped Danny ‘R’ (Rhodes) would win.

“I feel sorry for him be­cause of his stam­mer,” he added.

Grease is the Word can be seen on ITV on Satur­day evenings with the Greased Light­ning af­ter show, in­clud­ing in­ter­views with the con­tes­tants and be­hind the scenes footage, screened on ITV 2 im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing the live show.

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Michael Ma­her made it on to Grease is the Word

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