Cambuslang teen tries out for Britian's Got Talent
Oct 24 2012
by Will Henshaw, Rutherglen Reformer
A CAMBUSLANG teenager is hoping to blaze a trail by being the first person successfully to do acting on Britain’s Got Talent.
Reece Donnelly (15) entered the auditions for the hugely popular TV show when they came to Glasgow earlier this month. They were held in the Crowne Plaza Hotel with registration in the SECC.
The Trinity High pupil is no stranger to acting, he has performed in the BBC drama Waterloo Road, as well as theatre productions and commercials. He has also trained with the Glasgow Acting Academy.
He decided for his audition piece he would try something a little different.
Reece was acting an adapted piece from You’re a good man Charlie Brown, which included a monolgue about a boy who goes to school. It lasted around five minutes and included participation with the judges.
Since it is rare that anyone performs an acting piece, Reece hopes it will make the judges take notice of him and perhaps help him advance to the next round, although he faces an agonizing wait till February to find out.
Although he was up against 1000s of people also hoping to make it through, he kept his cool and delivered a good performance to the judges.
He said: “I’ve done stage work and been on TV but this is the first time I had ever auditioned for a big thing like Britain’s Got Talent.
“They’ve never had anybody on the show that’s done acting, that’s why I think I could stand out.
“It was a bit nerve-racking seeing that there were 2000 people there, and that was only the first holding! There were three holdings. It’s like anything though, you’ve got to give it a go otherwise you won’t get anywhere.
“I think acting will make people look at me more than if I was doing the usual ‘I’m school boy who’s always wanted to sing’
“I hope I can make it through the preliminary rounds.”
Reece’s main ambition is to make it to the rounds so that the main judging panel can see his piece and hopefully give him feedback.
He added: “I’d like to get to the stage where Simon Cowell got to see me.
“I’d like to see what their reaction is to the piece and the fact no one has done acting in the show.”
He also hopes that his performance could kick-start more people in to trying acting on the show, as he feels it is major part of the performance industry that is not fully represented.
He added: “Every aspect of the entertainment industry is on the show apart from acting.
“If you go to any performance course you would do acting so I don’t see why it isn’t featured on the show.”