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Tuesday 21 October 2014

Derry singing sensation Jordan O'Keefe who was a star even as a tot

Jordan O'Keefe on Britain's Got Talent
Jordan O'Keefe on Britain's Got Talent
Jordan O'Keefe as a baby, where his star quality was already evident
Jordan O'Keefe as a baby, where his star quality was already evident
Jordan O'Keefe as a baby, where his star quality was already evident
Jordan O'Keefe as a baby, where his star quality was already evident

Teenage singer Jordan O'Keefe has spoken of his amazement at becoming an internet sensation following his audition on Britain's Got Talent.

The 18-year-old from Londonderry wowed all four judges on Saturday night with his memorable take of the One Direction hit Little Things, prompting Simon Cowell to predict huge success for him in the competition.

Within hours of his audition for the talent show being shown, the number of people following Jordan on Twitter had leapt to over 23,000, with numerous fan accounts set up in his name.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph from his home in Derry, Jordan, a trainee estate agent who works with his father Paul, said he was still getting used to his sudden fame.

But he said he had been waiting for this moment for almost four years and was ready for it.

"I've been watching people go on shows like Britain's Got Talent and The X Factor over the years and wishing it was me," he said.

"To be honest, I've been waiting for this for four years. I've been getting more and more experience, playing pubs and restaurants around Derry, and just preparing myself for this moment.

"Even if I don't go on to do well in this competition, I still want a career in music. It's my dream."

Jordan has been singing from childhood and as his cute baby pictures show, always enjoyed being in front of the camera. He took up playing guitar at the age of 14 when his passion for music intensified. On Saturday night's show he was seen explaining to hosts Ant and Dec that he had intended to study music at college.

But his father had a different idea and changed the course to business instead. Jordan admitted they'd fallen out as a result, but said his father was now "100%" behind him.

"He's very proud of me," he said. "He knows this is what I want to do but I understand that he wanted me to have a back-up plan."

The singer also wore a wristband in support of Oscar Knox, the little boy from Northern Ireland who has been bravely fighting a rare form of cancer.

Oscar's family took to Twitter to write: "Great to see Jordan O'Keefe on Britain's Got Talent wearing his Team Oscar wristband!

"Thanks for your support. You must be overwhelmed. Amazing."

Jordan found himself trending on the social media website on Saturday night after Amanda Holden said he was "amazing".

Cowell told him: "I think you're a great performer, you look great and I predict good things for you going forward. I like you." Jordan, who must wait now to find out if he's one of 45 acts selected to appear on the live shows, said: "I didn't actually take in anything that was said at the time, I was so overwhelmed.

"The whole thing has been so surreal. But no matter what happens now, I know for sure this is what I want to do."

Jordan O'Keefe will be performing at the Fearless Boxing Event after-party at Belfast City Hall for Oscar Knox on May 14

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