A SOLIHULL family are through to the live semi-finals of this year’s Britain’s Got Talent.
After wowing the judges with their performance of The Everly Brothers classic ‘When Will I be Loved’, the Neales family are one step closer to the final, and the prize of a coveted slot at this year’s Royal Variety Performance.
Comprising of 59-year-old Sheldon-born lawyer, Laurie, and his three sons – 28-year-old lawyer, James; 26-year-old banker, Dan; and 24-year-old, Phil, who works in marketing – the family foursome made it through Saturday night’s knock-out stage of the hit ITV programme to secure their place in one of this week’s Semi-Final competitions.
After suffering a heart attack 10 years ago, father Laurie dedicated his time to his passion for singing Rat Pack songs – eventually convincing his three sons to join him onstage.
But, despite having just four weeks worth of rehearsal under their belts and having never performed together, it all paid off – with the Neales’ receiving ‘four big fat yes” from judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams at their Birmingham Hippodrome audition.
Speaking about the experience, youngest brother, Phil Neale, said: “When we auditioned, James, Dan and Phil were doing it because we knew how much it meant to our dad.
“However, the comments from the judges, the standing ovation and the reaction we have had since our audition aired has given us all a huge amount of confidence – it is helping us see that maybe we are better than we thought we would be.”
The Neales will now face 44 other acts in the live semi-final shows each night this week – the winners going through to the live final on Sunday, May 31.
As for the family’s future, Phil said they have their hopes set on winning.
He added: “Our dream is to sing as a British family, for the Royal Family.
“Beyond that, we want more than anything to be able to do this full-time with successful albums and big live tours.
“We will be doing everything we can to do Solihull proud this week.
“This really does mean so much to us, so whether you’ve voted on these shows before or not, please do pick up the phone and vote for The Neales so this dream we are living can continue.”
People can vote for the family via telephone or for free up to five times via the Britain’s Got Talent app.