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‘I still can’t believe Ant and Dec pressed the golden buzzer’ – Stowmarket magician Matt Edwards stuns Britain’s Got Talent judges with wacky routine

PUBLISHED: 21:20 13 May 2017 | UPDATED: 10:16 15 May 2017

Matt Edwards on Britain's Got Talent. Picture: TOM DYMOND/SYCO/THAMES ITV

Matt Edwards on Britain's Got Talent. Picture: TOM DYMOND/SYCO/THAMES ITV

Eccentric Suffolk magician Matt Edwards impressed Britain’s Got Talent judges tonight with a wacky routine that sent him sailing into the semi-final.

Performing to the tune of The Champs’ classic track Tequila, the 34-year-old from Stowmarket got a standing ovation from the crowd.

Judge Amanda Holden compared his act – fully of wacky facial expressions, dancing and impressions – to famous magician and performer Tommy Cooper.

She described him as being “old-school with a twist, which is perfect for Britain’s Got Talent”.

The entertainer’s act was so popular even presenters Ant and Dec opted to push the golden buzzer in his favour.

Matt Edwards after Ant and Dec pressed the golden buzzer on Britain's Got Talent. Picture: TOM DYMOND/SYCO/THAMES ITV Matt Edwards after Ant and Dec pressed the golden buzzer on Britain's Got Talent. Picture: TOM DYMOND/SYCO/THAMES ITV

They rushed onto the stage telling the panel – who were still heaping praise on the Suffolk-born magician to “excuse us for a second” while they pressed the buzzer.

Matt, who grew up in Needham Market, sunk to his knees in disbelief at their reaction.

He said: “I burst into tears at that moment. I was just absolutely shocked.

“To have a judging panel like that give you the affirmation that you are good and telling you that they believe in you is just an extraordinary feeling.

Matt Edwards on Britain's Got Talent. Picture: TOM DYMOND/SYCO/THAMES ITV Matt Edwards on Britain's Got Talent. Picture: TOM DYMOND/SYCO/THAMES ITV

“I couldn’t believe it when Ant and Dec came onto the stage, I thought they had some technical difficulties or something.

“When they pressed the golden buzzer I just dropped to my knees and cried.

He added: “No words can describe that feeling.”

Dec said the pair had decided to back the magician-come-entertainer to offer him a hand-up.

He said: “He’s 34 years old and for some reason he hasn’t been given the break up until now and we just wanted to be there and do it.”

Simon Cowell said after the performance: “I’ve got to be honest when you started with that voice I thought it’s going to be really annoying but you are brilliant.

“I’m surprised you haven’t had a break yet Matthew because you’re really likeable, and nuts.

“You’ve just got something about you, an energy.

He added: “This is what we look for in these shows, people who have got star quality, I’ve just got a feeling about you.”

The golden buzzer sends Matt directly to the live semi-finals.

Missed tonight’s episode? Catch up here.

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