Hartlepool impressionist Danny Posthill says his ‘surreal’ Britain’s Got Talent experience has changed his life.
The 28-year-old, who grew up in the Rift House and Fens areas of the town, entertained the nation in the final of the hit ITV show.
The whole experience was just so surreal, and within the space of a few weeks, my life has changed.Danny Posthill
Danny, who won a public vote to make it into the showpiece, finished seventh in the final.
However, he was laid up in bed for much of the day, and feared his big opportunity may be dashed.
The former Brierton School pupil said: “I was bad in bed with a migraine until about 3pm, and I didn’t think I was going to be able to do the show.
“A few co-codamols later, though, and I was all right.
“It was such a big opportunity that I would have just battled through it if it hadn’t got better.
“The routine itself was very last minute, because I was going to do Simon Cowell but couldn’t get the voice right, so I changed the script just before I went on.
“The whole experience was just so surreal, and within the space of a few weeks, my life has changed.”
Among the famous names Danny took off were Johnny Vegas, Paddy McGuinness and show hosts Ant and Dec.
Before the final, he was given a huge boost when high-profile impressionist Alistair McGowan called to voice his support.
And Danny was thrilled to have the backing of such well-known names.
He added: “Ant and Dec are lovely people. They knew I wasn’t well and asked after me in rehearsals. They also took the impressions of them very well.
“Another major highlight for me was that Alistair McGowan called before the final to wish me good luck, and he’s my hero. For him to do that put me on cloud nine.
“He said how much he enjoyed the semi-final performance, and he was so lovely. We’re going to have a catch-up.
“I’d love to work with him, because he is a legend.”
Danny says he is proud of his roots, and was delighted to represent his hometown on the show, which was won by dog act Jules and Matisse.
He added: “The support from Hartlepool was amazing, and I had so many messages and tweets saying I did Hartlepool proud.
“I had a tweet complaining that I didn’t mention Hartlepool on air in the final, so I’d like to apologise for that!
“It’s lovely to be putting Hartlepool on the map.
“The only story which seems to be talked about regarding Hartlepool is the hanging of the monkey, so it will be nice to have another story being talked about.”
Danny now hopes to capitalise on the publicity of his national TV appearances – and already has his eyes on a trip Down Under.
He added: “I’ve already had a panto offer, and other than that I’m just going to go out and gig.
“I’d really like to do a tour, and I’ve spoken to my manager about doing I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.
“Jake Quickenden was on it last year and he finished about 100th in the X Factor, so surely finishing seventh in Britain’s Got Talent must give me a chance!”