Do not miss out when Britain’s Got Talent comes to Doncaster

2 Grand-Sallie Lax and John Neill.
2 Grand-Sallie Lax and John Neill.

A former Britain’s Got Talent finalist has urged people to audition for the ‘amazing’ show ahead of the producers coming to Doncaster.

Danny Ball, aged 29, shot to fame in 2008 as one half of martial arts duo Strike alongside Liam Richards, from Sheffield.

Dynamic duo Liam Richards and Danny Ball, who hit the headlines when they reached the finals of Britain's Got Talent in 2008

Dynamic duo Liam Richards and Danny Ball, who hit the headlines when they reached the finals of Britain's Got Talent in 2008

He said: “When we went in to the show we weren’t thinking we were going to get anywhere and wanted to have a laugh, and then it just snowballed. For us, it’s been great because it’s showed people that martial arts is not just about kicking and punching.

“I would urge anybody thinking about auditioning to go for it, 100 per cent.

“Even if you don’t get through, it’s an amazing experience just to say you have auditioned in front of the judges and taken part in a national television show. It was great fun. It was a whirlwind.”

Since reaching the finals of the show, Danny, of Kirk Sandall, has been focusing on running his training academy, Invictus Martial Arts in Hull, with brother Jamie Faulding.

Britain's Got Talent Logo

Britain's Got Talent Logo

He added: “We still get asked to do performances now, but we our concentrating on teaching our skills to other people.

“I would advise people to really enjoy the first stage, it’s great to be around all the other contestants.”

Auditions for the new series of Britain’s Got Talent are to be held in Doncaster next week.

Producers from the hit talent show will be at Cast on Thursday, October 15, to find contenders for the ITV show.

Mum of singing sensation Sallie Lax, now 19, also encouraged people to give it a go.

Susan Van Steen, 59, of Harworth, said:“My advice would be to enjoy the experience. It was so much fun.

“It was really hard work as well, but it was eye opening for anybody who wants to work in the industry. You are well looked after by the BGT team.”

Sallie reached the finals of the 2009 series of the show with grandfather John Neill under the name ‘2Grand’. Mr Neill died on September 6 last year of cancer.

Since appearing on the show, Sallie, of Rossington, performs at events across the country, mainly at weekends.

Susan said: “The show put Sallie on a good footing for the career she wants to do. People remember her from the show and she is singing for a living and is working with an agency, Crossland Agency in Leeds.”

The team will be at the venue in Sir Nigel Gresley Square from 10am until 1pm.

Acts have to be around the two to three minute mark with all ages and performers welcome although anyone under the age of 18 has to be accompanied by an adult and release forms signed.

n Anyone wanting to audition should contact Jenny Garton by emailing