The ArgusVentriloquist won't let Tourette's ruin his Britain's Got Talent chances (From The Argus)

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Ventriloquist won't let Tourette's ruin his Britain's Got Talent chances

The Argus: Ventriloquist won't let Tourette's ruin his Britain's Got Talent Chances Ventriloquist won't let Tourette's ruin his Britain's Got Talent Chances

A ventriloquist will appear on Sunday’s episode of Britain’s Got Talent.

Sam Jones performed his act in front of 5,000 people at The Britain’s Got Talent auditions and millions of television view- ers will see him on the ITV show.

The 21-year-old from Seaford suffers from Tourette’s syndrome but controls the condition to carry out his act.

Said his phone call from Britain’s Got Talent came completely out of the blue.

He said: “I don’t know who nominated me.

“I just got a call saying that they’d seen clips of me on YouTube and would like me to audition for Britain’s Got Talent, I was over the moon.”

Sam usually gigs just once a year to an audience of around 100 people at The Barn Theatre in Seaford, so performing in front of 5,000 people at the Hammersmith Apollo was a completely different experience for him.I was a bit nervous, but it was the best experience of my life so far.”

He added: “I was a bit nervous when I heard that Simon Cowell wasn’t going to be judging, as a lot of my act revolved around him.

“I’ve been doing ventriloquism for all my life though so I was fine winging it, there’s a lot you can get away with, with a puppet on your hand.”

Sam was diagnosed with Tourette’s syndrome at the age of nine.

Liz Jones, Sam’s mother said: “He’s had Tourette’s all his life but he was only diagnosed at the age of nine because it was so hard to get a diagnosis.

“Somebody sent in a clip of Sam performing and the people from BGT didn’t realise that he had Tourette's, they just thought he was a brilliant performer.

“Of course, there have been hard times but Sam’s a brilliant kid.”

Sam added that he was proud of who he was and that he sees having Tourette's as a positive. He said:

“If I didn’t have Tourette’s then I wouldn’t be as good at what I do because I wouldn’t practise as much and I wouldn’t be as focused.

“I feel people should be who they are, no matter the circum- stance, and do their best to do whatever they want to.”

Sam has visited schools including St. Andrews and Seaford Head to tell children about his life experiences and how they should not let anything get in the way of doing what they want to do.

Sam also volunteers as a chaperone for Seaford Musical Juniors, where he mentors young children with disabilities.

Paula Woolven, Director at Seaford Theatre Musical Juniors, said: “He’s one of the best entertainers I’ve ever seen.

“Sam shows that you can overcome Tourette’s and make a success of your life, now he’s per- forming in front of 5,000 people.”

You can watch Sam on Sunday’s extended episode.

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12:31pm Fri 23 May 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

So he'll basically sound like Russell Howard.
So he'll basically sound like Russell Howard. ZeeGee, ffs
  • Score: -11

8:21pm Fri 23 May 14

NickBrt says...

He can do an impression of nick Herbert with impuniuty.
He can do an impression of nick Herbert with impuniuty. NickBrt
  • Score: 0

10:58pm Fri 23 May 14

Mr chock says...

do you know why the Argus blocked the comments on the rape of sussex girls by ...Christopher Kayla-Joseph, 26, of Elphick Road, Newhaven, Mohammed Kamali, 45, of Harper Road, Newhaven, Khosrow Sobhanieh, 55, of North Lane, Guestling, near Hastings, Stephen Daramola, 47, of Park Lane, Eastbourne, Khalid Del-Rosario, 44, of Upperton Road, Eastbourne and Guiseppe Carella, 18,
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do you know why the Argus blocked the comments on the rape of sussex girls by ...Christopher Kayla-Joseph, 26, of Elphick Road, Newhaven, Mohammed Kamali, 45, of Harper Road, Newhaven, Khosrow Sobhanieh, 55, of North Lane, Guestling, near Hastings, Stephen Daramola, 47, of Park Lane, Eastbourne, Khalid Del-Rosario, 44, of Upperton Road, Eastbourne and Guiseppe Carella, 18, http://www.theargus. co.uk/news/11231836. Six_men_in_court_for _teen_prostitution_c ase/?ref=mr this is the story they have remove the comments area on WHY Six men in court for teen prostitution case Mr chock
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6:30am Sat 24 May 14

NickBrt says...

Probably in case they get accused of inciting racial hatred.
Probably in case they get accused of inciting racial hatred. NickBrt
  • Score: 1

8:29am Sat 24 May 14

hubby says...

Censorship still exists.
Free speech my backside.
Censorship still exists. Free speech my backside. hubby
  • Score: -1

8:31am Sat 24 May 14

Roger Francais says...

I would give my left "clem" and pay hard cash to see that lad go off like a Popcorn Machine in public on the stage!

And **** you all who think its cruel to laugh.... have a think on why the lad is entering the competition??

I think its great.... turn a disability into an advantage..... fantastic and good luck to him!
I would give my left "clem" and pay hard cash to see that lad go off like a Popcorn Machine in public on the stage! And **** you all who think its cruel to laugh.... have a think on why the lad is entering the competition?? I think its great.... turn a disability into an advantage..... fantastic and good luck to him! Roger Francais
  • Score: 1

7:50pm Sat 24 May 14

VentMagic22 says...

Roger Francais wrote:
I would give my leftHaha! Love it Roger! I tell you what, the video would definitely go viral if that happened! I really hope you enjoy my act tomorrow night! Thanks, Sam Jones!
[quote][p][bold]Roger Francais[/bold] wrote: I would give my leftHaha! Love it Roger! I tell you what, the video would definitely go viral if that happened! I really hope you enjoy my act tomorrow night! Thanks, Sam Jones! VentMagic22
  • Score: 1

9:15pm Sat 24 May 14

matlock says...

Mr chock wrote:
do you know why the Argus blocked the comments on the rape of sussex girls by ...Christopher Kayla-Joseph, 26, of Elphick Road, Newhaven, Mohammed Kamali, 45, of Harper Road, Newhaven, Khosrow Sobhanieh, 55, of North Lane, Guestling, near Hastings, Stephen Daramola, 47, of Park Lane, Eastbourne, Khalid Del-Rosario, 44, of Upperton Road, Eastbourne and Guiseppe Carella, 18,
http://www.theargus.



co.uk/news/11231836.



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These men are only alleged to have committed the offences, so until a trial takes place, comments that appear in the public domain may (a) jeopardise the fairness of the trial, and (b) be libellous (for which the Argus, as publisher, may also be liable).

If there are unrestricted public comments, the defence would almost certainly argue that the jury is likely to have been prejudiced and that a fair trial is therefore not possible.
[quote][p][bold]Mr chock[/bold] wrote: do you know why the Argus blocked the comments on the rape of sussex girls by ...Christopher Kayla-Joseph, 26, of Elphick Road, Newhaven, Mohammed Kamali, 45, of Harper Road, Newhaven, Khosrow Sobhanieh, 55, of North Lane, Guestling, near Hastings, Stephen Daramola, 47, of Park Lane, Eastbourne, Khalid Del-Rosario, 44, of Upperton Road, Eastbourne and Guiseppe Carella, 18, http://www.theargus. co.uk/news/11231836. Six_men_in_court_for _teen_prostitution_c ase/?ref=mr this is the story they have remove the comments area on WHY Six men in court for teen prostitution case[/p][/quote]These men are only alleged to have committed the offences, so until a trial takes place, comments that appear in the public domain may (a) jeopardise the fairness of the trial, and (b) be libellous (for which the Argus, as publisher, may also be liable). If there are unrestricted public comments, the defence would almost certainly argue that the jury is likely to have been prejudiced and that a fair trial is therefore not possible. matlock
  • Score: 2

11:48pm Sun 25 May 14

FatherTed11 says...

Disgusting language. He should certainly not be allowed on television.
Disgusting language. He should certainly not be allowed on television. FatherTed11
  • Score: 1

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