Belfast Telegraph

Jack Pack’s Cowell nerves

Jack Pack’s private performance for Britain’s Prince Charles was such a success it made the royal dance.

The four-piece swing group, who finished fourth in the talent show last year, were thrilled to be invited back last month for a live appearance. Jack Pack’s line-up has changed since they first found fame, with Martin McCafferty taking the place of former member Adam Diplock.

Despite landing a contract with music mogul Simon Cowell, the group were a little intimidated at the prospect of being in the spotlight again.

“We got the big thumbs up from Simon. He came backstage and said we were sensational. The boys seemed fine but I was a wreck!” Andrew Bourn laughed to Britain’s OK! magazine.

“It was almost like a yearly review with the boss!” Alfie Palmer chimed in.

New addition Martin experienced nerves ahead of making his Britain’s Got Talent debut.

“I was popping my BGT cherry! I was sweating and gripping my hands so tightly,” Martin revealed.

Jack Pack’s return to the ITV show proved such a hit they were forced to bring forward the release of their debut album due to pressure from fans.

And it’s not just the general public that have been impressed by Jack Pack, the British royal family also love listening to their music – with Prince Charles even requesting a private performance at St James’ Palace.

“We were snuck in through his residence in the pitch black and taken into the most lavish room with muskets and guns,” Martin recalled.

“We sang in front of the throne chair. We started singing Mack The Knife and then he was dancing, so we had to put it on the album!” Andrew laughed.

Robbie Williams is another famous face to show an interest in the group. He was apparently so impressed by their arrangement for Light My Fire, he wanted to record it himself.

“He heard it at the studio where we record. He said it was incredible and listened to it about five times,” Andrew explained. “We couldn’t believe that he tried to steal our song!”

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