WIGAN schoolboy Henry Gallagher narrowly missed out on a slot in the final of Britain’s Got Talent.
In a nail-biting moment, the 12-year-old from Standish was in the top three and as Welsh choir Cor Glanaethwy won the vote, it was left to the judges to decide.
David Walliams voted For Henry, but Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden opted for Entity Allstars, meaning he missed out on performing at the final, with the winner receiving £250,000 and performing at the Royal Variety Performance.
Henry said: “I am delighted to be in the semi final. I have loved every second of it. Thank you everyone.”
The Standish High School pupil captured the nation’s hearts after writing a song about a girl at school he had a crush on and singing it in front of judges on the ITV talent show.
And as he performed that song again - Lightning - on Monday night’s live semi-finals, judges gave him a glowing report.
Simon said that he had “huge likability,” and David referred to him as “Britain’s youngest pop star.”
David gushed: “You will look back at this when you are selling out at stadiums, and it all started here on Britain’s Got Talent.”
Alesha said: “You should be really proud of yourself. You are a really good writer and it is such a catchy song.”
Amanda said that Henry’s performance was incredible, adding that the song was “amazing,” and she believed it would be a hit.
And even Latin singer Ricky Martin, who sang during the results show, threw his support Henry’s way as he said: “I think he’s got a good chance.”
Speaking before his appearance, Henry said: “I wanted to give the performance of my life. I really wanted to get to the final and get the girl.
“This was the biggest moment of my life so far.”
For the full story see tomorrow’s (Tuesday) Wigan Evening Post.