Exclusive interview: Louth singing star makes it to the Britain’s Got Talent final

Photo by Tom Dymond/Thames/REX (3773410gc) Collabro 'Britain's Got Talent' TV show, semi-final 1, London, Britain - 26 May 2014 EMN-140528-143842001
Photo by Tom Dymond/Thames/REX (3773410gc) Collabro 'Britain's Got Talent' TV show, semi-final 1, London, Britain - 26 May 2014 EMN-140528-143842001

Louth singing star Thomas Leak alongside his Collabro bandmates are ‘ecstatic’ to have made it through to the Britain’s Got Talent final.

Monday evening’s ITV talent programme showcased Lincolnshire’s talent on stage after Thomas, from Saltfleetby, and Tetney’s Ella Henderson wowed TV audiences with their performances.

An amazing rendition of Bring Him Home, from Les Miserables, gave Collabro the only standing ovation from all four judges during the first live semi-final, earning them the winning slot from the public vote, beating off the other eight finalist’s and securing their place in the grand final.

In an exclusive interview with the Louth Leader, Thomas Leak, 24, known under stage name Thomas J Redgrave, reflected on his Britain’s Got Talent journey so far and his reaction on making it through to the final. Speaking after the show, Thomas said: “We’re absolutely ecstatic, gob-smacked really. “We’d always hoped we’d have a shot of getting to the final but it has still come as a shock.

“We can’t wait for the final. The live semi-final was such a huge rush and performing in the final is going to be even bigger. We have a song in mind for the final and we’re working our hardest to give the best possible performance in the final.”

Reflecting on his BGT journey so far, Thomas said: “The whole experience so far has been amazing, but to get up in front of 3,000 people during that first audition was very daunting, we were all scared we might get buzzed off because our song was quite quiet to start off with, but we were happy that we got all the way through the song with no buzzes.

“It was hard to sing at first as it was difficult to hear ourselves think as the audience was cheering us on the whole way through our song.

“But, then when we got four yeses and a standing ovation, we were blown away by the reaction.”

Thomas also spoke of some of the privileges the group have enjoyed since the show began.

He added: “One of the best things we’ve got to do is watch Les Mis in London and meet the cast afterwards. It was such an amazing experience.

“We all got into musical theatre admiring these people who perform in the West End, so to be given the opportunity to meet them was unreal. We are totally in awe of them.”

But with hectic rehearsal schedules, Thomas is still working the day job, “I am still working at my job in a Japanese restaurant at the moment and day to day life has been pretty normal,” he said.

“Although I do get people come up to me in the street saying they love what we are doing, which is really nice.”

Thomas also spoke about what he likes to do to wind down after a hard days work, “To wind down, me and Jamie enjoy reading Japanese Manga magazines. We enjoy discussing it and see where each other is and the bits we like best,” he said.

“Plus it is just nice to chill out with the boys as a group. During Sunday night’s deliberation programme, we all just sat down and relaxed together and watched the show with a pizza.”

• Support Thomas and the rest of Collabro lads during the Britain’s Got Talent final, which will be aired on Saturday June 7.