FORMER Petersfield school pupil Michael Auger is set to take the musical theatre world by storm as odds-on favourite to win Britain’s Got Talent.
The 24-year-old ex-Churcher’s College student could swap his part-time petrol station job for the glitz and glamour of pop super stardom following the success of his group Collabro.
Michael met the rest of the group on social media when two of them put out an advert looking for band members in January. They competed in the ITV show’s auditions in March. They wooed judges and went on to win Monday night’s semi-finals.
A rendition of Bring Him Home from the musical Les Miserables earned them a standing ovation from all four judges and secured their place in the final.
Michael said: ‘I did what I could and for people to say to say it was good and to see the judges standing up was amazing. I thought that I was having fun and if that brings enjoyment to other people then that’s great.’
Michael has been rehearsing hard for the final, which will see the boys take to the stage on June 7.
He said his life since has been a whirlwind of press interviews, which saw them appear on ITV show Lorraine earlier this week and compete in star-studded charity football tournament Soccer Six at Charlton Athletic FC alongside the likes of Olly Murs and James Arthur.
‘It’s been crazy,’ he said.
‘There’s loads of people wanting to speak to us and wanting to take our pictures.’
Michael said despite his new-found fame, he managed to get a few hours in at the Jet petrol station this week.
He works at several different stations, including Green Road in Somers Town, Portsmouth.
‘Everybody has been so supportive, when I went to work everyone was saying “he’s here!”,’ he said. ‘On the till everyone was saying “well done”. It was so nice to have that support.’
Michael, who studied accountancy at university, didn’t want to reveal the group’s final song choice, but hinted that it could be another musical hit.
They’ll take a break this weekend to spend some time with friends and family and Michael will be running the Havant parkrun on Saturday in Staunton Country Park.
The race takes place every week and Michael is determined to drum up support by sprinting around the three-mile course with hundreds of other runners and his dad David.
The group are joint favourites to win alongside magician Darcy Oake.