A juggling sensation has bowed out of Britain’s Got Talent after failing to get enough public support.
Thomas Senior, 17, from Great Eccleston, who goes by the stage name Thomas Bounce, performed live on the ITV programme last night.
But despite a “mesmerising” display of juggling, his talents were not enough to sufficiently impress the voting viewers.
Thomas performed a routine backed by several glamorous assistants and it met with the approval of two of the judges - comedy actor David Walliams and actress Amanda Holden.
Speaking about Thomas’ performance, David Walliams said: “You had so much going on.
“I was absolutely mesmerised... it was fantastic.”
Offering her verdict, Amanda Holden added: “I loved it, it is old-fashioned but it’s variety.”
However fellow judge Simon Cowell, who pressed his buzzer when Thomas originally appeared in week four of the programme, was not so keen.
He said: “I like you and I think you’re a good juggler.
“The problem is I don’t find it very entertaining, I think it’s something you should do at home.
“I wouldn’t got to a show to see someone do that.”
During the show, Thomas also revealed he likes to collect chimney pots in his garden and ride his penny farthing bicycle.
The former Rossall pupil left school at 16 in July to take up juggling professionally on the Fylde coast at parties and community and circus skills workshops.
BGT’s official YouTube footage of the routine has racked up almost 196,000 views since Thomas appeared in the fourth week of the show.
He’s also filmed a masterclass for the show’s website - featuring him juggling in and around his home, which has had almost 25,000 views.
Juggler has already won accolades
Thomas was one of 45 semi-finalists competing in the live Britain’s Got Talent shows to win a place in the finals.
And while he was unsuccessful this time, since leaving Rossall School at 16 to pursue his dream of becoming a performer, he has already won a string of awards.
They include a Judges’ Choice Award in the British Young Juggler of the Year competition in 2011 and second place in a talent competition run by Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
As well as the 196,000 views which have been racked up of his routine in BGT on a YouTube video, Thomas has also filmed a masterclass for the show’s website, which alone has had almost 25,000 views.
He told The Gazette his BGT appearance has seen him secure more bookings.