BGT's Omagh balloon man: 'I can smash that World Record and I am going to prove it'
Omagh man Ryan Tracey says he is determined to prove he can smash the World Record for balloon modelling and promises he will complete it in the coming weeks.
The 35-year-old managed to equal the Guinness World Record for modelling 13 balloon shapes in 60 seconds during Thursday's Britain's Got Talent semi-final.
He had been aiming for 14 in order to beat the current time but only just managed to equal the effort on stage in front of Guinness adjudicator Vicky Tweedy.
"Two more seconds and I would have beat it," he told Belfast Telegraph. "My aim was to actually smash the record - I was happy that I equalled it, but at the same time to come so close on a stage so big is frustrating."
"But I've got to keep my head up and remember that I could have very easily walked off that stage with nothing, so to come back with an equalled World Record to Northern Ireland is definitely a good thing."
Ryan's performance in front of BGT panellists Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams provided one of the more tense moments of Thursday's live show and despite not making it to the Final, Ryan says he really enjoyed his time on the talent competition.
"I certainly felt the energy from the crowd last night and I think people were really into it," he added.
"I was up against it and I felt the pressure and now there's only one thing I am going to do over the next few weeks - I can smash that record and I am going to prove it."
He continued: "You can do the Guinness World Record attempt in a public place and film it, you have to have two people from your local athletics club timing you and you have to have have two independent witnesses.
"It then has to be packaged very robustly in order to send the evidence to Guinness.
"So I'm going to set that up over the next couple of weeks and hopefully Guinness will accept it.
"I'm not going down in history as the man who equalled a World Record, I'm going to be the man who broke the World Record.
"I really felt like Northern Ireland was behind me last night so I want to do it for everyone at home."
Britain's Got Talent continues with its last semi-final on Friday night followed by the grand final on Saturday.
Earlier this week, St Patrick's School Choir from Co Down also failed to win a spot in the final ten after they overcame technical difficulties to perform Katy Perry's Roar for the panel.
This year the BGT judges are allowed one Wild Card entry to the Final, which will be announced on Saturday.
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