Sadness as band leaves Britain’s Got Talent

Be Minor and Ellen (right)
Be Minor and Ellen (right)
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A WIGAN girl has relived the intense drama of missing out on a place in the Britain’s Got Talent live semi final shows.

Ellen Gallagher, 14, of Hartington Drive, Standish, got three ‘yes’ verdicts from judges in the Liverpool auditions with friends Paige Phillips, 13, of Cheshire, Elli Kiely, 13, and Daisy Mondryk, 12, both of Manchester, as girl band Be Minor.

The girls were automatically put through the to boot camp stage in London and it was a tense moment as the three judges had to choose between them and boy band New Bounce.

Ellen, a Standish High School pupil, said: “We went to the first audition in front of the producers months ago and were good enough to perform in front of the judges, where we got some amazing comments for our performance of Cheryl Cole’s Parachute.

“We went back to London for more filming and all the acts were stood on stage for the yes, no or maybe result. We got maybe, so we had to sing against another boy band. We sang Broken Heels by Alexandra Burke. The boy band got the yes and we got a no.

“I was very disappointed, but in another sense it has given us more motivation to work harder. We have always done so well in other competitions, so a bit of a knock will make us work harder.”

Ellen added that she had fun auditioning and the judges gave positive feedback.

She said: “David Hasselhoff gave us an A plus, Amanda Holden said we had beautiful harmonies and Michael McIntyre said we were potentially the perfect girlband. Michael McIntyre was so funny and great to meet.

“We also made really good friends with New Bounce and we want them to win as we were so close to them.”

Ellen’s mum, Marie, said: “It was a very close thing and although we were all upset at the time, as it was a very exciting and emotional weekend.

“But we also had a lot of fun and the girls want to enter again next year, which would be great as they are still young and have got plenty of years ahead of them.”

Britain’s Got Talent is not the only competition the girls have entered. In June they will go to Northampton to perform in the national final of Britain Does Variety and they came third in So You Think You’ve Got Talent.

They also performed at the opening of Nickelodeon Land at Blackpool’s Pleasure Beach. Ellen herself completed a national tour in the musical Annie at the age of 11 touring the UK in the lead role. For more information on the band visit