Poet Clare to be on Britain’s Got Talent

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A POET from Belper has made it through to the televised stages of top ITV show Britain’s Got Talent.

Clare Washbrook performed her act in front of judges Simon Cowell, David Walliams and Alesha Dixon at a taping of the programme in Cardiff on Sunday, January 29.

The 36-year-old auditioned for the show at the Oval cricket ground in London on January 21 as part of a trio with her daughter Madeleine Cope, ten, and best friend Charlotte Craddock, 26.

However, Clare was asked to part from the other two and go along to the Cardiff auditions as a solo performer.

“We were performing as the Derwent Mermaids,” said Clare. “They sang and I did performance poetry.

“But they asked me to come back on my own. We made a pact to support one another whoever got through. They are happy for me.”

The News won’t spoil your enjoyment of the top talent show — which airs from April — and tell you how she got on – you’ll have to watch and see!

Speaking to the News before she went to South Wales, Clare, who is known as Poet Boudicca, said: “I am a bit chuffed.

“I had not auditioned for the show before and I haven’t been performing for very long.”

Clare said she wants to use her appearance on the show as a springboard to bigger things.

“I would like to be the next poet laureate,” said Clare. “I figured that going for this and performing for the Queen would improve my chances of being poet laureate.”

Clare’s act involves her reciting her poetry with movement and action.

Forward-thinking Clare also has a plan for the empty former Haldanes store in Belper. She also has a business plan for Dragon’s Den in the pipeline.

Clare isn’t the first person from Belper to appear on Britain’s Got Talent.

Last year, a quirky theatre group from the town showed then judge David Hasselhoff that they were ‘Hoff’ their trolleys.

The Hot Pot Theatre group appeared on TV on Saturday, May 14.

To the tune of Moon River, the ten-strong group performed a synchronised shopping trolley dance. It impressed Hasselhoff and Amanda Holden, but fellow judge Michael McIntyre didn’t like it.

Hot Pot were voted through but were later told by producers of the show that they were not in the semi-finals after all.

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