BGT contestant had previous chart success

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 3 May 2011
Amanda Holden

BGT judge Amanda Holden

A 'Britain's Got Talent' contestant who claimed he had never made it as a singer has angered viewers after it emerged he has previously had chart success with two different groups

A 'Britain's Got Talent' contestant has angered viewers after it was revealed he has previously had chart success with two different groups.

Pub landlord Herbie Armstrongclaimed he had "never broken through as the front man" when he appeared on the ITV1 show on Saturday (30.04.11) but old YouTube footage shows the singer appeared on 'Top of the Pops' with his bands Fox and Yellow Dog.

Herbie, 66, was also part of Van Morrison's backing band after the pair met in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where they both grew up and released his own solo album through his website last year.

However the judges were impressed, with Amanda Holden saying: "I think you've got a good heart. I can feel that this is kind of your last shot. I think you can do better. But I think you did a great job."

Guest judge Louis Walsh added: "You've got Celtic soul and I'm saying yes."

Meanwhile, 12-year-old Ronan Parke has been compared to pop sensation Justin Bieber after he wowed the judges and audience with own version of 'Feeling Good'.

The ambitious singer - who received over 50,000 hits on YouTube after his appearance - is grateful for the compliment but wants to be known in his own right.

He said: "I take that as a very big compliment because Justin Bieber is one of the biggest pop stars in the world. But I don't want people to think 'That's the new Justin Bieber', I want them to think 'That's Ronan Parke'."

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