It’s over in a flash for Grease hopeful…
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.
Michael Maher made it on to Grease is the Word