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Northampton model aeroplane expert’s bid for Britain’s Got Talent final

Shop owner Simon Tooley impressed judges with his first round Britains Got Talent audition, which saw him fly a remote control propeller plane around the arena.

Shop owner Simon Tooley impressed judges with his first round Britains Got Talent audition, which saw him fly a remote control propeller plane around the arena.

A radio control aeroplane expert is on the brink of reaching the live Britain’s Got Talent rounds after impressing judges at an audition in Birmingham.

Millions tuned in on Saturday night to see 44-year-old Simon Tooley’s indoor plane acrobatics send the crowd wild.

The owner of Tooley’s Radio Control Toys, in St Leonard’s, Far Cotton, was even complemented by media mogul Simon Cowell, after his act of flying a toy plane around the arena in a series of loops and stunts garnered four ‘yes’ votes from the panel of celebrity judges.

Now he faces an agonising wait to find out whether he will make the live shows, due to air at the start of June.

Show producers need to whittle down about 1,500 acts to only 40 for the next stage of the competition.

“I’m really hopeful,” said Simon. “I’m definitely something different; you can see by the reaction of the crowd how much people really loved it.”

The lifelong radio control toy enthusiast and dad-of-four was convinced to enter the show by his 12-year-old daughter, Jenna. He built a propeller plane which can fly indoors especially for the occasion.

And his hard work won plenty of celebrity plaudits.

After Saturday’s Britain’s Got More Talent show aired on ITV2, television presenter Vernon Kay tweeted : “I wish I could fly my RC plane like the chap on BGT.”

 

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