A singer still aims to be a star despite falling at the final hurdle of a TV talent show.

Wayne Woodward, 21, of West Sutton, narrowly missed out on winning the Britain’s Got Talent final on Saturday night.

He became an overnight fan-favourite thanks to his cheeky chappy antics and 60s swing singing, sailing through to the live final in which he was runner-up.

The singer scored 13.8 per cent of the public vote, missing out on victory to magician Richard Jones by less than three per cent.

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The former Kingston College student told the Sutton Guardian that he only had one day to rehearse Nina Simone’s ‘Feeling Good’ after he collapsed backstage moments after winning his semi-final heat earlier last week.

He said: “I had an epileptic fit backstage, which shook me up. I’ve never had one before, but I have to thank BGT, they forked out a lot of money for tests and I’m really thankful to them for that.

“I’m now on medication that means I can’t drink for six months, which is a kick in the nuts. But it won’t stop me from getting back on stage, it’s not enough to stop me.

“After I recovered Simon and I had a chat about performing the song, which is one of his favourites, and we decided to do it.

“It’s not one that I knew very well so I had a day to learn it after I recovered from the seizure. With a few more rehearsals it would have been better because I wouldn’t have to focus so much on the song, I would just be able to take it on and not think too much about it.”

But the singer said: “I was chuffed to come second and so were my friends and family, but I was proud of Richard too. He’s a really nice guy and I wish him all the best.

“Apparently the veteran who came out on stage with him was his grandfather, which was a very smart move and, to be fair, you can’t do much better than the British Army can you?”

Following his performance on Saturday, Mr Woodward is taking a few days off before he heads back into the studio to start recording a cover album – having learned lessons from being on the show.

He said: “The highlight of being on Britain’s Got Talent for me was being on that stage and getting feedback from people who know what they’re talking about, like Simon Cowell and Alesha Dixon who have a background in music. That’s probably the biggest take-away for me.”

He added: “A few more people recognise me now since, I think it’s fair to say.

“I was teaching my niece how to swim in the Westcroft Centre and there were some little girls in the pool who started screaming. It was alright though, quite funny really.

“I want to thank everyone in Sutton and all the people who were behind me the whole way.”