A 14-year-old Brighouse High School pupil hailed as the ‘next Peter Kay’ will compete for the chance to win £250,000 and a spot on the Royal Variety Show in tonight’s final of Britain’s Got Talent.
Aspiring comedian Jack Carroll, who has cerebral palsy, won a place in the competition’s showdown after topping the public vote with his semi-final performance and has been tipped as a potential winner by judge Simon Cowell.
After watching the Hipperholme teenager performing a ‘sit down, stand up’ routine from his wheelchair during Tuesday’s show, the music mogul told spin-off show Britain’s Got More Talent: “After tonight I would say he's got to be the red hot favourite.
“What he did tonight on the live show was better than his first audition and that is really tough.”
Jack’s comedic talents came to light when his five-minute set at parents Sue and Matt’s wedding anniversary got 10,000 hits on website YouTube.
During his semi-final performance of self-penned jokes on the ITV1 programme, he entered the stage to rousing applause, saying: “Simmer down.
“You're not cheering when I take your parking spaces right outside Tescos!”
He went on to wow the audience with his routine, covering topics including his disability and North Korea, with Simon telling: “I absolutely love you. You are fearless and cheeky. Not many comedians make me laugh.”
Fellow judge, comedian David Walliams, even added: “You are the next Peter Kay, you are that good, you could be the biggest comedian in the country.”
After the show, Jack took to Twitter to say: “Cheers for the positive reaction... sleeping, see you in the final.”
The teenager is now the bookies’ second favourite to win the show, after shadow act Attraction.
Last year, Jack was presented with a Pride of Britain award for the Teenager of Courage for using comedy to challenge attitudes to disability.
In 2010, when he was 12, Manchester comedian Jason Manford asked the youngster to join him on stage at St George's Hall, Bradford, after hearing about his growing YouTube fame.