Needham Market magician Matt Edwards has been voted through to Britain’s Got Talent’s final.
The 34-year-old was runner-up in the public vote in tonight’s semi-final of the ITV show.
He is now a step closer to winning the chance to appear in the Royal Variety Performance.
His crowd-pleasing and high energy comedy routine won praise from the judges.
Simon Cowell said: “You showed me and everyone else that you’ve got this force of personality where you can carry a show.
“Fortunately there are one or two people up in the gallery who work for ITV. I would be thinking if I was them and I was launching a new game show or something I would book you to front the show in a heartbeat.”
Amanda Holden said his act was ‘perfect variety’.
David Walliams said Matt was a ‘brilliant entertainer’.
Matt grew up in Needham Market and attended the now closed Needham Market Middle School as well as Stowmarket High School.
Young magician Issy Simpson was crowned the winner of tonight’s semi final, which attracted 1.5 million votes.
She and Matt will perform in the final which will broadcast live on Saturday.