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Long Sutton man Matt Roberts performs on Britain's Got Talent with musical toy octopus

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It wasn’t quite a Golden Buzzer-worthy performance, but the Britain’s Got Talent experience was well worth it for a South Holland musician.

Matt Roberts (44), a finance director from Long Sutton, appeared on the hit TV show last week.

He played a selection of popular songs - including Insomnia and Push It by Salt-N-Pepa - using a children’s musical toy octopus.

Mark enjoys the show (56212891)
Mark enjoys the show (56212891)

If he had managed to progress to the next round, he potentially could have performed We Like to Party by the Vengaboys - but was handed four no votes by judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alicia Dixon and David Walliams.

“Sadly, the world never got to experience that bit,” Matt said.

Matt’s daughter was originally given the musical octopus by family friends. He was shown a video of someone playing Insomnia using one, and decided to have a go himself.

Matt and his octupus (56212895)
Matt and his octupus (56212895)

After putting his own videos on YouTube, he says they were shared by the likes of The Independent and the Evening Standard.

That led to Britain’s Got Talent getting in touch, and Matt set off for London in January for filming.

“At that point I’d done three or four videos of songs I could have a crack at, and it went from there,” he said.

“It was a bit nerve wracking, but it was great fun. It was a long day.

Mark on stage at Britains Got Talent (56212898)
Mark on stage at Britains Got Talent (56212898)

“You get down there at around 10.30 in the morning, and then you spend a lot of your day in a holding room where all the other acts are practising and doing interviews.

“Then you go to the podium to actually do the performance. I’m very glad I did it.”

Matt plays bass guitar for both cover and original bands in our area, but admitted that performing in front of nearly 2,500 at Britain’s Got Talent was an entirely different experience.

He performed three songs for the celebrity judges, providing what he described as ‘a bit of a light relief, comedy act to surprise them a bit’.

Popular hosts Ant and Dec were entertained, with the former joining Matt on stage with an octopus of his own.

“You don’t get to meet the judges and have a chat off-stage, but you’re on stage for four or five minutes and the conversation is a lot longer than what you see on TV,” he said.

“It was pretty cool to meet them. It was good fun.

“There was no chance on earth of me ever getting through! If they’d said I’d got through, I wouldn’t have known what I was going to do in the second round.”

You can watch Matt’s performance at https://youtu.be/vA0VeGpoaCA

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