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Sunday 21 December 2014

Conleth’s in the Pink for Trafalgar Square duet

American singer Pink joins the crowd in Trafalgar Square for the T-Mobile flash mob singing event for their next television advert
American singer Pink joins the crowd in Trafalgar Square for the T-Mobile flash mob singing event for their next television advert

A Northern Ireland actor has become an overnight hit after pop star Pink pulled him from a crowd of 16,000 people to sing with her.

Conleth Kane joined the award-winning singer for a rendition of Janis Joplin’s hit Piece Of My Heart seconds after she hit the stage yesterday afternoon in Trafalgar Square.

Video footage of the pair hammering out their vocals to the famous tune written by Ragovoy and Berns had been viewed hundreds of times within hours of it being posted on YouTube late on Thursday night.

And the 25-year-old actor from Lurgan, Co Armagh, who stunned Pink by hitting all the right notes with her during filming of a T-Mobile advert, has been inundated with texts and messages asking him what it was like to sing with the superstar.

The advert is expected to be aired in its full two-minute version for the first time during Britain’s Got Talent this evening.

Conleth described the experience as “unbelievable and inspiring” as he explained how his opportunity materialised.

He said: “The whole thing has just blown me away. I had no idea what was going on. One minute Pink is pushing through the crowd to get to the stage and the next she’s reaching down and calling me up to sing with her.

Watch Conleth sing with Pink

“I was stunned, I didn’t even know she was going to be there.

“I was hired as an extra but I had no idea that was going to happen. I wasn’t even told someone famous was going to be there, none of us had a clue.

“The directors had told me to stand by the stage and Pink came through and just as she started to sing she looked at me, smiled and waved me onto the stage.

“The crowd went mental because she did it. There’s not many big stars like her who could do that. I don’t know if I wasn’t told because the directors wanted a genuine reaction, or if it was just pure luck.

“I just went with my instincts and sang along. I got the thumbs-up from some of the directors and knew it was what I love to do most, so I just went for it.

“She seemed genuinely surprised that I could sing. When I stepped off the stage everyone asked me what was happening, but I had no idea either.”

Conleth, who is currently appearing in Rent at The Broadway Theatre in London, was one of 200 actors told to turn up to form part of the crowd for the shoot. The advertising shoot was arranged by Saatchi & Saatchi as a follow-up to T-Mobile’s groundbreaking ‘Dance’ advert, which had hundreds of people ‘spontaneously’ break into dance in London’s Liverpool Street Station.

Pink commented: “What a fantastic experience! Everyone singing along together in the middle of London — it was incredible!

“I was thrilled to be part of such an amazing event and to share it with so many people. I can’t wait to see it on air.”

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