THE COMMUNITY of St Helens are in awe of a 13-year-old who dazzled Britain's Got Talent judges.

Jamie Leahey, from Rainford, received a standing ovation from the Britain's Got Talent crowd and judges for his ventriloquist performance.

Entertaining the crowd with jokes, quips, and a quirky cover of Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr's 'Me and My Shadow', he was given four 'yes' votes from Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, David Walliams, and Alesha Dixon.

Jamie, who learned ventriloquism over lockdown, was told by Amanda Holden that he "absolutely smashed" his performance and has a bright "future ahead of him".

Proudly telling judges that he is from St Helens, he said that his dream is for his name to be up in lights in Las Vegas.

After his television appearance aired on Saturday, April 16, Jamie's two-minute performance has been widely shared and celebrated by the people of St Helens.


Community comments:

Maureen Murphy said: "Well done young man, you did St Helens proud. Good Luck for your future."

Similarly, Juliet Usher commented: "Well done Jamie you did St. Helens proud - amazing talent."

Dot Norton wrote: "He was just fantastic, loved him to bits. Proud of you young man."

Les Marshall wrote: "Really talented and refreshing to see original old school tricks. Well done lad."

Katrina Allen posted: "Loved him. Great performance [and] he should have got the golden buzzer."

Dot Birch Sutton said: "He was brilliant, good luck Janie hope you go all the way."

Carol Marr said: "I loved him too, so cheeky and adorable young man. He will go a long way, he is amazing."

Tracy Richmond said Jamie was "amazing and talented", while hundreds more commended his performance and wished him luck for the future.


After a year hiatus in 2021 due to coronavirus complications, Britain's Got Talent continues this weekend.