Britain's Got Talent cult icon gives an exclusive after carnival.
Britain's Got Talent star Paul Manners talks Bridgwater Carnival, David Walliams and his plans for the future to Somerset Live.
Original media press article by Michael Taylor for Somerset Live.
The entertainer appeared on Britain's Got Talent in 2015 and became a cult icon among the talent show's fans.
One of Britain’s Got Talent most famous contestants is open to returning to Bridgwater Carnival after his appearance last weekend (November 4).
Songwriter and entertainer Paul Manners appeared on the Cornhill Stage with X Factor finalist Stevi Ritchie before performing in front of the main charity float in the Carnival procession.
The entertainer appeared on the ITV show in 2015 and became a cult icon among the talent show's fans but unfortunately did not make the live semi-finals.
Speaking about the Carnival, the entertainer said: “It was awesome! Oh my God, the amount of people who turned up and sang along to both me and Stevie earlier on was absolutely phenomenal and amazing.
“It is about being a part of the world’s largest illuminated carnival and making a difference and hosting the main charity float.
“Don’t forget your own words if you go on Britain’s Got Talent otherwise you will end up being a part of something amazing like this!”
Manners sang his own songs of Hold You in My Arms and Inspirational, along with a duet with Stevi Ritchie to sing Unchained Melody and Elton John’s Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me.
“It went really well and was nice to sing along with a good friend of mine that has been there for me ever since he saw me on Britain’s Got Talent”, Paul remarked.
“We have been on red carpets together, we have created mischief and mayhem in our travels in the car to events, especially charity events like this”
For Paul, it was a great experience to return to Somerset. He, with his family, travelled to Pontin’s Brean Sands on family holidays for nearly 20 years where he got his first taste of entertainment.
“I always loved to have gone on stage or I would have loved to do a cabaret show one day just to get everyone going and to come to Somerset is bringing back childhood memories.”
The Britain’s Got Talent contestant was keen to clarify what happened with the proposed record deal with David Walliams, stating: “David Walliams did not sign me up!
“At the end of my audition there was such a public uproar on social media that they brought me back.
“I had to sign a pre-contract with Simon Cowell to go to live show rehearsals and I would like to thank the executive producer and production crew for bringing me on board.
“Unfortunately, I didn’t go through to the live shows so the record deal fell through.”
While the record deal fell through, he remains in contact with David Walliams and the show’s judge is very supportive of him.
Paul’s plans after Bridgwater Carnival is to continue producing music and release a new album but also try his hand at acting after his upcoming movie appearance in Dead Ringer.
“There is a remix of Hold You in my Arms being done by Kevin Energy and it apparently sounds awesome! I would love to go to Ibiza nightclubs and perform that one day”, he added.
Despite his relative fame, the 33-year-old performer remains humble, remarking: “With all of my songs, all of the royalties goes to all of the charity work I do. It’s about making a difference.
“I’m not interested in fast cars or mansions, it is about being there for the people and trying to make something wonderful.
“You only live once and this is what I am doing!”