HE’s won Teribuskers, performed at the 1514 Concert, rocked Party on the Pitch and taken the Burnfoot Carnival by storm – now Darren Johnstone is hoping to prove to Britain that he’s got talent.
The 33-year-old singer/songwriter has been invited to attend one of the televised auditions in Edinburgh next Friday as he searches for stardom on the hit ITV reality tv show.
His brand of music and comedy, based mostly on everyday observations, has already proven popular in Hawick, throughout the Borders and in his adopted home town Carlisle. And, after impressing with his initial application for the show back in July, he’s hoping it will be a similar success with judges Amanda Holden, Michael McIntyre, David Hasselhoff and Simon Cowell.
He said: “I decided to get involved this year after pondering over the whole thing for a while and after watching the last few series, I find it compelling. Unlike other reality shows, this one I feel showcases people’s unique talents that may have lain dormant for years.
“I’ve still not settled on my song choice for the next stage as I want it to be funny, informative and things that people can relate to.”
Known as one of Britain’s biggest television talent competitions, there have been five winners to date – Paul Potts, George Sampson, Diversity, Spelbound and Jai McDowall – although the show is arguably most famous for launching the career of Scottish singer Susan Boyle.
The winner of each series receives £100,000 and is given the opportunity to perform at the Royal Variety Performance in front of members of the British Royal Family, including Queen Elizabeth.
But former Burnfoot and high school pupil Darren isn’t looking any further than next week. He said: “I’m not pursuing a life of fame and fortune, it’s not for me. I have a very good career and three amazing children along with my incredibly supportive wife Kerry, but my main objective is to see how far I can go as a musician and just have some recognition for songwriting.
“Making the live tv stages would be a dream come true and that’s what I’m aiming for.
“It’s strange sitting at home and dealing with producers of the show over the phone who check up on you and prepare you for what’s to come.
“Next Friday my fate will be decided on what the future holds.”