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Will former Suffolk school boy Jon get through to the Britain’s Got Talent finals?

PUBLISHED: 19:02 25 September 2020 | UPDATED: 19:23 25 September 2020

Jon went to the Royal Hospital School in Holbrook as a child and grew up in Ipswich and Martlesham Heath. Picture: Tom Dymond/Britain's Got Talent

Jon went to the Royal Hospital School in Holbrook as a child and grew up in Ipswich and Martlesham Heath. Picture: Tom Dymond/Britain's Got Talent

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A former pupil from the Royal Hospital School will be performing on the semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent tomorrow night after getting the Golden Buzzer from Ant and Dec.

Jon Courtenay attended the Royal Hospital School between 1984 and 1991. Picture: JON COURTENAYJon Courtenay attended the Royal Hospital School between 1984 and 1991. Picture: JON COURTENAY

Jon Young, who goes by the stage name of Jon Courtenay, will be battling it out on Saturday night in front of judges Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon, David Walliams and Ashley Banjo, who is standing in for Simon Cowell.

He grew up in Ipswich and Martlesham and attended the Holbrook boarding school from 1984 until 1991, getting heavily involved in the New Wolsey youth theatre during his childhood.

Now, Jon lives in Manchester with his wife Emmah and their two sons, Nathan, aged 15, and Alfie, aged nine.

“I’ve been playing the piano since I was a child,” he explained. “My dad brought me up playing it and I have been working as a musician playing the piano for 30 years now.

Jon Courtenay attended the Royal Hospital School between 1984 and 1991. Picture: JON COURTENAYJon Courtenay attended the Royal Hospital School between 1984 and 1991. Picture: JON COURTENAY

“I like a lot of the classic music and often play Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra – though I only started singing recently when I thought if I’m playing their songs in bars I should probably sing them too.”

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The 47-year-old was finally convinced to audition for the famous talent show after writing some of his own songs for comedy shows where he used song and his piano as props.

He finally took the take the chance and auditioned in February, where he was chosen by hosts Ant and Dec for the Golden Buzzer which fast-tracked him straight to the semi-finals after wowing the audience with his performance.

BGT's Jon Courtenay from Suffolk has got through to the final of the show after a standing ovation from the judges Picture: TOM DYMOND/BRITAIN'S GOT TALENTBGT's Jon Courtenay from Suffolk has got through to the final of the show after a standing ovation from the judges Picture: TOM DYMOND/BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT

“We recorded the semi-final a few weeks ago at the London Palladium which was just a dream come true,” he admitted.

“Though there wasn’t a live audience, we did have family and friends watching from their screens and I was as happy as I could be with my performance – though I can’t tell you any more than that now.

“I loved every minute of being on the show and it’s been such an amazing experience – I haven’t really had much exposure yet or a big break so I think this could be it.”

Jon usually tours the country for a living so lockdown has given his family some much-needed time together.

The performer was very involved in the New Wolsey Youth theatre when he was younger. Picture: TOM DYMOND/BRITAIN'S GOT TALENTThe performer was very involved in the New Wolsey Youth theatre when he was younger. Picture: TOM DYMOND/BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT

The semi-final show will be airing on ITV at 8pm on Saturday, September 26, and you can vote for Jon then.


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