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Ashley’s pure joy at BGT bid

Northern Ireland’s most famous Xylophone player Ashley Elliott has said his Britain’s Got Talent experience is one he will never forget.

Enniskillen lad Ashley (17) has spoken out in gratitude for local people’s support and revealed just what it was like on that fateful live semi-final which saw his exit from the popular television talent contest.?

In an interview with the Fermanagh Herald, Ashley described a hectic schedule: “I got up, did rehearsal, was told what to do – with times and other things like that – and was given a brief of what was happening. We then did a dress rehearsal. Then I’d to wait until the show was on. While waiting, all the contestants stood in the corridor talking and getting to know each other.”

Failing to reach the final, Ashley, whose performance was described by judge David Walliams as “pure joy” made parents Geroge and Elizabeth very proud nonetheless.

“We are both very proud of Ashley and the impact he had on the show - it was a real roller-coaster. It was very nerve-wracking for us but it was great to have the audience completely backing Ashley in the studio. We’re very proud of the way he conducted himself and spoke to the judges.”

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