Britain’s Got Talent sensation Michael Collings is fueled by a burning desire to lift his family out of grinding poverty. The 19-year-old apprentice IT engineer Michael lives in a caravan with his parents, faces a daily struggle to make ends meet.
Michael stormed through to the show’s semi-finals in front of a TV audience of 13 million last night. As he plugged his guitar into the speaker and prepared to perform, judge Amanda Holden turned to Michael McIntyre and quipped: “He looks like he’s going on a long haul flight. ”
Michael laughed: “On Easy Jet!”
But they were soon made to eat their words as he belted out a moving version of Tracy Chapman’s Fast Car.
Speaking at this week’s press screening, Holden admitted that she totally judged Michael on how he looked and was subsequently proved wrong, just as she was by international best selling artist Susan Boyle. She said:
“It’s like the Susan Boyle thing, you completely judge people as you see them and it’s always a surprise.”
After wowing the judges with his stunning rendition of Tracy Chapman’s Fast Car, Michael is dreaming of a life of fame and fortune.
Former Baywatch star, David Hasselhoff was blown away by the performance and beamed: “You did a beautiful job and sang with heart. Britain’s Got Talent, you are it.”
Fellow judge Amanda Holden compared his performance to the jaw-dropping moment when series three winner Susan Boyle took to the stage.
Michael – who has an eight-week-old son, Jamie with fiancée Sarah –hopes to follow in the footsteps of the Scottish singing sensation who has made an astounding £6million since she amazed the judges with her performance of I Dreamed A Dream two years ago.
Michael, from Saltash, near Plymouth, said: “At the moment I’m still in the caravan with my parents so it would be great to get a place for Sophie, Jamie and myself.
“That’s the main reason behind me doing this, to take them with me and provide for my family.
“It would be such a relief not to have to worry about money all the time like we do now.”
Singer-guitarist Michael – an early favourite to land the show’s £100,000 prize and a slot at the Royal Variety Performance – added: “It’s all the little bills that you don’t remember about.
“I’m still an apprentice so I’m not earning anywhere near as much as I’d like to and I worry about bills all the time.
“If this goes well it would be my dream to put a deposit down on a small two bedroom house.”
Michael, whose performance has already had thousands of hits on YouTube, met Sarah three-and-a-half years ago. He did not make the best first impression after he wolf-whistled at her from across the road.
But she fell for his charms and after a few months together he decided to start saving up for an engagement ring. Michael said: “Because I wasn’t earning much at all I had to save up, but even then I could only afford a £45 ring and a meal in an all you can eat Chinese.
“Still she said yes so it all worked out and hopefully in the future I can treat her to a few more expensive meals.”
It’s true what they say…you can’t stop a person with a burning desire!
Enjoy Michael’s rendition of Tracy Chapman’s Fast Car at this link.