TV hopeful Billy wants to be a stage star just like his big sister Bessie

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BUDDING star Billy Cursons hopes to follow in his big sister’s footsteps by winning a national talent competition.

The 10-year-old will compete in the final of Britain Does Variety at the Watford Palace Theatre in London on Saturday night.

DANCING IN THE STREET Billy Cursons has made it to the final heats of a national talent competition. 'Picture: Malcolm Wells''(122037-1905)

DANCING IN THE STREET Billy Cursons has made it to the final heats of a national talent competition. 'Picture: Malcolm Wells''(122037-1905)

The youngster won his place by wowing the judges at the regional heat in Aldershot and will perform the classic show routine of Flash Bang Wallop (What a Picture) in front of a packed audience.

He will be roared on by his family, including proud parents Andrew and Sarah, and sister Bessie.

Bessie hit the headlines in 2007 when she reached the final of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent, missing out on the crown to opera singer Paul Potts.

She has since completed a scholarship at the Sylvia Young Theatre School and a starring role in children’s show My Phone Genie.

STAR Bessie Cursons

STAR Bessie Cursons

Billy has already appeared in Coldplay’s puppet–inspired video for the song Life in Technicolour II, starred in an advert for Churchill car insurance, and danced for the Hayley Sexton School of Dance in London.

He said: ‘I’m feeling confident and ecstatic to reach the final.

‘I’m a bit nervous as we’ll be performing on a big stage.’

Although Billy is still at Court Lane Junior School, he has set his sights high in his search for stardom.

‘In the future I want to be a really famous and well-known actor,’ he added.

‘Seeing myself on TV is a really good feeling. My friends will cheer me on and my family have been very supportive – especially my sister. I do look up to her sometimes.

‘I’ve chosen What a Picture because I can characterise the role well and it’s quite funny.’

Billy said he has no plans of attending a stage school like his sister, preferring to stay with his friends and choosing his own path.

If he wins the competition, Billy is in line for a cash prize and a trophy.

His dad Andrew said he hoped his son would attract the attention of talent-spotters by appearing in the final of the competition.

‘Billy is following in Bessie’s footsteps,’ said Andrew.

‘He has been rehearsing at home ahead of Saturday and getting help from his sister.

‘He is very excited about it.

‘There are a few of us going up there and we have all had T-shirts printed for the night.

‘There’s also someone on the judging panel looking for a contestant to perform at the Royal Variety Performance.’

‘I’m very proud of him.’


THE Cursons are far from alone in coming from families with an abundance of talent.

Perhaps the most famous are the Jacksons, who broke onto the scene in the 70s. Fronted by Michael, the Jackson 5 featured siblings Tito, Jackie, Jermaine and Marlon. Sisters Janet and La Toya both enjoyed success.

Starlets Jaden and Willow Smith, children of Will Smith, are following in his footsteps as talented performers.

Martin Sheen and his sons Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez form one of Hollywood’s most famous acting dynasties.

And the Baldwin brothers – Alec, Billy, Daniel and Stephen – have appeared in hundreds of movies between them.

Closer to home, warring brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher sold millions of records worldwide as Britpop heroes Oasis.