BGT hopeful reveals bullying hell

Pianist Paul Gbegbaje, who impressed judges on 'Britain's Got Talent' this weekend, has revealed he was bullied at school for reading the bible

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Amanda Holden, Michael McIntyre and David Hasselhoff

Britain's Got Talent judges Amanda Holden, Michael McIntyre and David Hasselhoff

'Britain's Got Talent' hopeful Paul Gbegbaje was bullied at school for being religious.

The 19-year-old pianist has revealed he turned to music to escape his cruel classmates, who dubbed him "Jesus Freak" because he read the Bible while they looked at Playboy magazine.

He explained: "I was different because of what I believed in. In year eight I would bring my Bible for reading time and they would bring Playboy and stuff like that. They would call me Jesus Freak.

"I didn't swear, didn't smoke, didn't drink, didn't bunk. They were listening to things in the charts, whereas me, I was listening to piano."

However, Paul - who wowed panellists Amanda Holden, Michael McIntyre and guest judge Louis Walsh on Saturday night's (21.05.11) show - is now glad he ignored the bullies, who have since made contact to congratulate him on his success on the ITV1 series.

He added to The Sun newspaper: "Some of them even emailed me on Facebook saying, 'Well done'. I feel like I've had some form of victory. I had the last laugh."

"People didn't understand my passion and they saw it as strange and weird. But now I am so glad I stayed true to myself."

Meanwhile, new viewing figures have revealed more people tuned in to watch the sixth episode of 'Britain's Got Talent than they did in 2010.

While an average of 10 million were glued to their screens watching the talents of the nation on Saturday night, some 9.4 million watched on the same week last year.

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