Talented teen comic Callum Oakley makes it through to BGT semi-finals
TEENAGE stand-up comic Callum Oakley is one step closer to his dream after making it to the semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent (BGT).
Viewers saw the talented 16-year-old from Moreton, Wirral, make it through boot camp to win one of the coveted semi-final places.
The shortlisted candidates are performing live each night on ITV1 this week in front of BGT judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams before Saturday’s grand final.
At stake is the chance to appear before Her Majesty the Queen at the Royal Variety Performance and win a cash prize of £500,000.
Callum, who is a pupil at Wallasey High School, will be appearing from a television studio in Wembley on Wednesday night supported by his family who will be travelling down.
Proud dad Mark said: “It’s absolutely fantastic for Callum to get this far. He’s going to be in front of millions of viewers representing Merseyside.
“From 90,000 acts it’s now down to the last 45. To get the opportunity to perform live and show what he can do in front of an audience of 12 million viewers is something that comes along once in a lifetime.
“The amount of people who are showing support is tremendous.
“Everyone’s behind him and he totally deserves it. For a stand-up comic of that age it’s beyond belief and his act is also something different, rather than a dance act or singer.”
Each of this week’s live shows will feature nine of the 45 acts competing to impress the judges and secure the all-important viewers’ vote.
The act with the most public votes goes through to the final while the judges pick one more act out of the runners-up.
Callum has already shown he can have the audience in stitches with his side-splitting gags.
He particularly stuck a chord with judge David Walliams who said of the young hopeful: “I’ve never seen a stand-up comic so young and so brilliant”.
Callum is no stranger to performing after becoming The Comedy Trust’s Young Comedian of the Year in 2010.
He has been writing his own jokes and physical comedy routines from the age of 13.