When we were in the audition room last October Martyn Crofts told us that his stage name was Armitage Hanks “because my act is toilet”, but he used his real name on stage in Britain’s Got Talent. Martyn lives in my home town of Skipton and he told Ant and Dec that his ambition was to be asked to open the Skipton Gala, to which Dec replied: “If you’ve got a dream, you may as well dream big”. At the auditions we thought it would be the lovely Hero who would go all the way (See link) but it was Martyn who got to the semi-finals, and was only thwarted by Simon who said that his was “arguably the most stupid act I’ve ever seen on the show”. Perhaps his judgment was influenced by the thought that a man who sang like a Dalek with a saucepan on his head isn’t obvious Las Vegas material.
This video is of Martyn when we were queuing in the early hours last October in Manchester before the auditions took place. The latest news is that although Martyn didn’t get through to the final he has received his invitation to open the Skipton Show. Next stop, Las Vegas.