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Derry teen Jordan gets four thumbs-up from Britain's Got Talent judges after father tried to steer him away from music

By Christopher Woodhouse

Published 22/04/2013 | 00:00

Jordan O'Keefe from Derry on Britain's Got Talent on Saturday night. Jordan got four thumbs-up from the judges
Jordan O'Keefe from Derry on Britain's Got Talent on Saturday night. Jordan got four thumbs-up from the judges

Local lad Jordan O'Keefe wowed the judges on ITV's Britain's Got Talent as he made it through his audition in style with four yeses on Saturday night.

And the Londonderry teenager proved to his dad that he is destined for a big career in music after winning over Simon Cowell with his version of Ed Sheeran's Little Things.

The notoriously tough-to-please judge said of the 18-year-old's performance: "Jordan, if I'm being honest I didn't really like it -- I absolutely loved it.

"I thought that was a very, very, very clever version of the song.

"It would have been easy to just have done a straight copy.

"I think you're a great performer, you look great and I predict very, very good things for you going forward. I like you."

Jordan, who only began playing the guitar when he was 14, also impressed judge Amanda Holden.

She said: "I just love the hushed whispery tones at the beginning and then I love how it built and it got stronger.

"You and your voice are amazing. That was a great audition."

The trainee estate agent from Drumahoe went to college to study music but his dad had changed his course to business without him knowing.

Jordan said: "I'm taking part in Britain's Got Talent because I want to do something with my life. I want to become a singer.

"When I applied for college I went to do music but then my dad went into the college and changed it to business.

"I was raging. We fell out over it, massively. But I really love my Da, he wants me to have a back-up plan. I would love to go back and say to my dad -- I got four yeses."

And he was able to do just that as judges Alesha Dixon and David Walliams also raved about his performance.

Jordan then phoned his dad, who told him: "That's fantastic, I tried to drag you down a different route but you had your mind set on music.

"I'm absolutely overwhelmed. It's what you deserve after all the hard work you've put in. Listen, I love you so much.

"Well done kid, I'm so proud of you."

* You can also see Jordan perform live at the Fearless charity boxing event in aid of the Oscar Knox Appeal on May 14 in Belfast City Hall. Tickets are available from the Belfast Welcome Centre.

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