Ashleigh and Pudsey's Final Audition
Then a few weeks ago I was looking for the classical music piece I needed to study when the BGT audition for Collabro popped up. I decided to take a peak. Five young men walked on stage, explained that they had “regular” day jobs, confessed they’d been together a month, and argued that they thought they could win BGT because they had “natural chemistry.” They weren’t dressed as professionals but as any college students might be. I shared the judges’ skepticism when the men took the mics. Then Richard started singing.
I watched the audition several more times. Eventually I was able to move on to a few of the other songs that were on Youtube. I couldn’t go to bed on time that night; instead I had to keep sifting through videos until I found their guys’ semi-final and then finally the last song they performed for BGT. I was as hooked as the judges were. I wasn’t surprised to find they’d won the contest by a large margin or that they’d been asked to make so many guest appearances.
In the meantime, here’s where I come in. I want to be the one to write their story, to profile their interest in music, to explain how Matt and Jamie got the idea to start the group, how the others added in, how they worked together hard enough to win the competition. Now they’re about to embark on a long concert tour. I’m betting people will want to read about them. People will want to hear their story.
Most people, myself included, will wish they were able to live it. In lieu of such pleasure, they’ll have to be satisfied with reading a biography of the group instead.
Collabro consists of Michael Auger, Richard Hatfield, Jamie Lambert, Matt Pagan, and Thomas J. Redgrave. Their first album, Stars, was released in August.
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