Ventriloquist Steve Hewlett was knocked out of Britain’s Got Talent last Saturday (June 1) but Arthur’s Army is second favourite to march on as the wildcard.
Watched by a multi-million Saturday evening audience, the 37-year-old Eastbourne dad found himself pipped at the post by singer Jordan O’Keefe in the public vote, after the judges were deadlocked.
With shadow dance troupe Attraction going straight through from the viewers’ votes, it was left to Steve and Jordan to grab the second berth from the judge’s votes.
Both David Walliams and Amanda Holden voted for Steve.
But when Simon Cowell and Alesha Dixon plumped for Jordan, it was left to the public vote when the teenager from Northern Ireland who got the nod.
He received glowing praise from the judges on the night.
Alesha Dixon said, “I absolutely love you and Arthur Lager. You are a great partnership.”
Amanda Holden added, “I think what you have achieved, on your own, with Arthur Lager and Simon was amazing.
“So well done.”
Even harsh critic Simon Cowell said, “I’ve got to be honest I went into this not looking forward to the act because I’m not a fan of ventriloquists, but I take back those thoughts.
“You did much better than I thought. Congratulations.”
Despite losing out last Saturday, Steve is hoping to be selected as the judges wildcard due to be announced on this Saturday’s show.
With the show previously being criticised for focussing more on dance and singing acts, it is thought Steve’s ventriloquism act may be back in the competition this weekend.
The odds on Steve being the wildcard are 3/1, with Joseph Hall as the favourite with odds of 5/4.
Steve admitted competing in Britain’s Got Talent has been five months of hard work and added, “I can’t believe it is still not over.”
It was this week revealed in the national press that the wildcard has been selected by the four judges but they will remain tight-lipped until Saturday night’s live show, which starts on ITV1 at 7.30pm.
But if Steve is not back on the television this weekend, there will be a chance to see him at the Willingdon Music in the Park at Huggetts Lane Recreation Ground at 2.15pm on Sunday (June 9).
The event will run from 11am to 5pm and there will be a traditional fairground, ice-creams, refreshments and stalls.