Music mogul Simon Cowell believes a Haverhill puppeteer could usurp Amanda Holden and join him as a judge on ITV hit show Britain’s Got Talent.
He made the assertion when Patsy May, who performed for Haverhill amateur thespian group Centre Stage Company in the 2012 pantomime Mother Goose, wooed judges with her performance on Saturday’s (May 3) show.
Patsy, controlled by a Centre Stage member and former Samuel Ward Academy student, performed Dream a Little Dream, getting a kiss off presenters Ant and Dec and a ‘Yes’ from all four judges.
The puppeteer, who has previously pulled the strings during ‘Les Miserables’ as well as doing adverts for Days Inn Haverhill, quickly got the audience giggling with Patsy’s humour.
“There’s a guy backstage everyone’s talking about,” she said.
“I think he’s French.”
After the celebrity duo emerged, Patsy declared; “You’re so tall!”, before asking them to ‘try not to fall in love with me’ during the song.
After the performance, which included a kiss from the pair, Simon said: “I kind of see you in Amanda’s chair next year.”
Alesha Dixon remarked that Patsy was ‘charming’, to which to puppet responded: “Let’s go shopping and get lattes.”
Amanda said: “I think you’re ruder than that.
“I would like to see the dark side of you,” to which Patsy replied: “Oh there’s a dark side honey.”
David Walliams finished off the judging, saying: “Congratulations, you have got four yeses,” as Patsy remained on course to scoop the £250,000 prize and the chance to perform in front of the Queen.
Patsy’s rise to stardom also saw her feature alongside Phillip Schofield on This Morning.
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