| 7.2°C Belfast

Britain's Got Talent: Omagh balloon man Ryan Tracey promises 'bigger and better' for semis

 

Close

Ryan Tracey celebrates breaking the record. From Thames / Syco Entertainment

Ryan Tracey celebrates breaking the record. From Thames / Syco Entertainment

ITV / Thames / Syco

Ryan Tracey celebrates breaking the record. From Thames / Syco Entertainment

Omagh man Ryan Tracey says his performance on this week's Britain's Got Talent semi-final will be bigger and better than his first audition.

The 35-year-old is set to appear on the ITV programme on Thursday to showcase his talents as a balloon modeller.

Ryan impressed Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams during his first audition when he made five balloon models in under 63.6 seconds while blindfolded, thus breaking a Guinness World Record.

Speaking ahead of his appearance, Ryan revealed he was only recently told he had made it through to the semi-finals.

"I actually got the call very late, it was about a week and a half ago," he said. "So for me to find out this late is a bit hectic because I have a lot of preparation to do in a short period of time.

"There's a lot of nerves in there and a lot of excitement, but also a sense that I don't have too long to practice before I stand on that stage live in front of the world and show them what I can do.

"It's lots of pressure, but it'll be fine."

Close

Ryan Tracey

Ryan Tracey

ITV / Thames / Syco

Ryan Tracey

Daily Headlines & Evening Telegraph Newsletter

Receive today's headlines directly to your inbox every morning and evening, with our free daily newsletter.

This field is required

The BGT judges were impressed with Ryan's world record breaking efforts in his first audition, with Simon telling him: “It was amazing. I’m going to remember I was here on the day you did it.”

The dad-of-five says he now has to do something even bigger to be in with a chance of making it to the grand final.

"What I need to do in this competition is to first of all build on what I did in my audition," he said. "I'm the world's fastest balloon modeller, so I need to show people were I can take that and how I can make that bigger and better.

Close

Ryan Tracey celebrates breaking the record. From Thames / Syco Entertainment

Ryan Tracey celebrates breaking the record. From Thames / Syco Entertainment

ITV / Thames / Syco

Ryan Tracey celebrates breaking the record. From Thames / Syco Entertainment

"I going to be ramping it up and proving to the world I am the fastest, and I want to keep that title for a very long time so it's a very big thing I'm going to be doing on Britian's Got Talent.

"It will be very challenging and I really will be pushing myself to the limit. There's a lot of room for error and probably a lot of tension around what I will be doing on stage."

Ryan began balloon modelling as a hobby before setting up his own business two years ago.

"I grew my hobby into a very successful business and I'm now going to be standing on the biggest stage in the world, in front of millions of people.

"To do something like that with such a small idea, for me, has been about inspiring my five children and giving them something to look up to.

"And I suppose also proving to them that if they dream big and work hard things can pay of for them and it doesn't matter how simple it is, if they have a passion for something, just follow it and things will work out.

"This whole experience has been about testing myself and seeing where I can take something that starts off quite simplistic.

"I feel very, very lucky to be given this chance on Britian's Got Talent."

Ryan will be performing live during Thursday's BGT semi-final.

Close

Ryan Tracey celebrates breaking the record. From Thames / Syco Entertainment

Ryan Tracey celebrates breaking the record. From Thames / Syco Entertainment

ITV / Thames / Syco

Ryan Tracey celebrates breaking the record. From Thames / Syco Entertainment

Earlier this week, Co Down schoolchildren St Patrick's Junior Choir overcame technical difficulties to perform a rousing rendition of Katy Perry's Roar for the panel, but unfortunately failed to make it through to the final.

Britain's Got Talent airs all this week at 7.30pn on ITV.


Top Videos



Privacy