Singing siblings live their impossible dream

Britain's Got Talent 2013 finalists, singing brothers Richard and Adam
Britain's Got Talent 2013 finalists, singing brothers Richard and Adam
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The Impossible Dream may have been their Britain’s Got Talent final performance – and the title of their chart-topping debut album – but singing brothers Richard and Adam Johnson really are living the dream.

The Welsh duo finished third in the 2013 series of the TV talent show, with their last performance made famous with a member of their backing orchestra throwing eggs at Simon Cowell.

Two years on, they’re returning once more to Blackpool’s Viva cabaret venue as a warm up to their national tour after a successful show their last January.

Richard said: “Blackpool was absolutely fantastic. Viva is one of the nicest places we get to perform at.

“It’s got a great feel, you’re really close to the audience and there’s a great professional set up. Martin Heywood [Viva director] is fantastic too, you couldn’t be in better hands.

“Being invited back is brilliant.”

Originally working as a classical duo, the brothers are returning this year to their roots, after veering towards more popular, easy-listening and crossover music during Britain’s Got Talent and their subsequent albums, including last year’s At The Movies release.

They’ve been taking singing lessons again, to hone their classical vocal skills and are working with a new agent in London, who also has Fleetwood tenor Alfie Boe and crossover darling Katherine Jenkins on their books, as well as signing with a new management team.

“We’re definitely more focused on their classical side of things now,” Richard said from his home in Liverpool.

“We’re really pleased about our new agent, and everything is moving in the right direction with the hope of some concerts at the Royal Albert Hall.”

Before Britain’s Got Talent, Richard and Adam worked in a sandwich shop, performed on cruise ships and were even seen on daytime TV show Loose Women as The Johnson Brothers. But it was the ITV contest which saw them breakthrough into the industry full time.

“People often ask how things have changed,” Richard explained.

“It’s not like we’re in a market like the pop industry, we’re not likely to be identified and swamped in the streets or Tesco.

“At the same time, we thought after BGT, we would never be able to feel normal again. Now we’ve got both sides of it; one minute you’re sitting on the settee and the next you’re jumping out of a car and going to perform in an arena.”

Fans of the duo won’t be disappointed with their Viva show, as they promise a mix of their previous material as well as new songs to their repertoire which have not as yet been performed in public.

n Richard and Adam, Viva Blackpool, Church Street, Friday, January 23, doors open 5.30pm for pre-show dinner tickets. Visit www.vivablackpool.com for price details and tickets.