Derry singer Jordan O’Keefe said last night he’d had “a brilliant time” despite losing out on the £250,000 winner’s prize on the final of Britain’s Got Talent.
The Drumahoe teenager, son of well known Derry estate agent Paul O’Keefe, faced stiff competition in the reality show which saw 11 finalists battle for the cash prize and a performance spot on the Royal Variety Show.
Hungarian shadow dancers ‘Attraction’ clinched the top spot after a composition based on the history of Britain.
Speaking ahead of his performance, Jordan said he was bracing himself for his biggest performance ever.
“This opportunity could change my life,” he said.
Jordan performed an acoustic version of the Katy Perry track ‘Firework’ which came in for great praise from the celebrity judges. He dedicated the performance to his dad.
Judge David Walliams said the popular Oakgrove pupil was “a ready made popstar.”
He added: “You’ve got the voice and the looks, you will go on to be a huge star.”
Speaking to Jordan, judge Amanda Holden said: “You sing so beautifully, you capture me straight away.”
Simon Cowell described the Derry singer’s version of the hit song as “brilliant.”
He added: “When I heard you were doing that Katy Perry song, I wasn’t sure, but you made it very unique. You’ve taken risks, you sound great and you look great and you thoroughly deserve to be here.”
Speaking to presenters Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly after the performance, Jordan said while it had been tough not being able to come home between the semi final and the final, his feet remained firmly on the ground.
He said: “I haven’t been home and when you’re on your own you don’t get carried away. No matter what happens, I’ve had a brilliant night.”
Speaking during last night’s TV final, Paul O’Keefe said he was incredibly proud of his son.
“I tried to push him down another route but he’s proved me wrong. This competition has reinforced his ability and it’s proved me wrong as a parent. The semi final was the first time I’d seen him perform live in the show and it was very emotional.
“The amount of support he’s gotten has been unbelievable, the whole of Northern Ireland has been behind him.”
His mother Deborah said that despite the outcome of the tv show, her son had done the whole family proud.
“For me, he’s won already by making it this far,” she said.
Jordan sent a tweet to all his fans following his performance last night, saying:
“I hope I did all my fans proud tonight, I appreciate all your support and votes!