A DELIVERY driver swapped his white van for the bright lights of a TV studio when he appeared on Stars In Their Eyes.
Peter Sarsfield, from Astley, was one of five hopefuls making their way through the iconic smoky doors to be transformed into one of their musical heroes in front of a primetime national audience on Saturday night.
Dad-of-two Peter took part in the second episode of the celebrity makeover series, which has just returned to the small screen after a long break with Harry Hill taking over the presenting role from Matthew Kelly.
Peter, whose day job sees him delivering glass and window frames across the North West for Mosley Common-based firm Excell Trade Frames, was put forward for the talent show by his 16-year-old son Patrick after a joke with his family backfired on him.
Peter, 44, said: “I was winding my kids up by saying Harry Hill was a good mate of mine and if I wanted to go on the show all I had to do was give him a ring. My son decided to show me up so he went on the website and applied for me.
“I spotted him doing it and said if he wanted to he could apply. I thought there would be thousands of people entering and I would have no chance, but I then got a phone call asking me to go for an audition and then after that another call to say I was on the show.
“It’s just mad. It’s totally out of the ordinary for me because I drive up and down the M62 in a van. Work has been absolutely brilliant with me.”
Peter has been singing for much of his life and has appeared on the local circuit of social clubs and events such as weddings since 1997.
As well as enjoying all the glamour of prime-time television during the recording process Peter also welcomed camera crews to Astley to film the short segment which introduces each contestant before they sing.
He said: “Going to the studios was surreal with the people you meet and the celebrities you see. It’s like going inside the TV, it’s just crazy.
“Harry Hill was fantastic, he’s a really genuine and nice guy who really puts you at ease and makes you feel relaxed. You just have to try to drink it all in because it’s an experience you will never get again.”
Peter will sit down to watch his performance at his Treen Road home with wife Helen, son Patrick and daughter Amy and says he is a big fan of the show.
He said: “I used to watch it years ago, everybody did. There were fewer channels to choose from then so they had higher viewing figures.
“I loved it, but I think it’s better now than it used to be because Harry really relaxes the contestants. It’s Saturday night TV, people want to have a smile and a laugh after they’ve worked all week.”