Michael Collings' internet guitar skills

'Britain's Got Talent' hopeful Michael Collings - who wowed judges with his rendition of Tracy Chapman's 'Fast Car' on Saturday night's (16.04.11) show - learned his guitar skills on the internet

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'Britain's Got Talent' hopeful Michael Collins learned how to play the guitar on the internet.

The 19-year-old singer - who was awarded a standing ovation for his rendition of Tracy Chapman's 'Fast Car' on Saturday night's (16.04.11) show - admitted he has never taken lessons and developed his guitar skills by copying videos of his rock heroes on YouTube.

He explained: "When I first started playing I practised constantly when I came home from school. It's harder now because I have responsibilities."

Since he auditioned for the show, Michael's finacee Sarah McLeish has given birth to their first son, Jamie, now eight weeks old, and the singer said he wants to win the show's £100,000 prize money to lift his family - who live in a caravan in Saltash, Cornwall - out of poverty.

He added to The Plymouth Evening Herald newspaper: "Mum and Dad are over the moon. They were the ones who encouraged me to go on the show.

"It's great even to get this far. If someone wants me as a singer then I'm going to do it. I'd like to make a career out of singing and sell lots of albums around the world."

After receiving a standing ovation from the show's judges David Hasselhoff, Amanda Holden and Michael McIntrye, David told the aspiring star: "You sang well, with heart, you put the song across and did a beautiful job."

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