Collabro and One Direction have both enjoyed incredible success after appearing on one of Simon Cowell‘s talent shows, so why they’ve never done a collaboration between them we’ll never know.
Yes alright, it’s a pretty out-there idea considering they both come from different genres, but bare with us on this one, because Matt Pagan from last year’s winning Britain’s Got Talent group is totally on-board.
After already revealing how ruddy down-to-earth 1D and Ed Sheeran are, Matt was all for our idea for some sort of mash-up between the two bands.
Speaking exclusively to Yahoo Celebrity, he said: “Oh imagine – that would be amazing! I know Michael’s a massive One Direction fan – well, we all are but Michael’s like a huge fan. Yeah, that would be amazing!
“We’d have to see what song’s we’d do though. Maybe, like, a ‘Bring Him Home/’Steal My Girl’ collaboration.”
Can we make this happen ASAP please, Simon?
Other suggestions could include ‘Midnight Memory’, ‘Kiss You Over The Rainbow’ and ‘Music Of The Night Changes’.
The boys are returning to BGT for a performance at the live semi-finals this week, which Matt revealed they’re very “excited” about.
He said: “I think it’s going to be very nostalgic going back there. But we’re very excited and it’s just crazy, we’re sat there watching BGT this year and just thinking, ‘we know exactly how you feel’.
“I’m excited to see who’s going to win this year, really excited. I think the variety acts are incredible this year.”
As well as trying to keep in touch with some of the other acts from last year, he also revealed that they have spoken to Simon a few times, adding: “We did the Katie Price Foundation Ball, he was hosting that. We’ve seen him at the X Factor auditions, we went to see him there.
“Obviously the album doesn’t get put out onto the shelves unless he signs it off, so he has a lot of input on the albums. But he’s a very, very busy guy. We haven’t got him on speed dial yet!”
Simon’s shows, along with other talent shows, have often been criticised for being fixed and ‘manufacturing’ bands and pop artists, but Matt reckons it’s a load of pants.
He argued: “The whole thing about every act being manufactured on these shows is a load of rubbish. Us personally, we literally got ourselves in January, had a week’s rehearsal then went straight for it. Nobody had anything to do with it apart from us. We just got it together and went on Britain’s Got Talent.
“It was a massive risk for us going on because we were something completely new and you never know how it’s going to go down. But no, [the 'manufacting' claims are] a load of rubbish.”
So, any advice for this year’s contestants?
“Be yourself. Just stay true to the act that you want to be. Everybody gets nervous when they go on stage but you’ve just got to channel that into adrenaline and just give it the best performance you can. What we try to do is just perform like it’s the last time you’re going to perform.”
Collabro are travelling to America later this year to perform live and promote their first album (and perhaps visit Las Vegas for Matt’s birthday…but shh!), with their second album ‘Act Two’ set to be released on June 1st.
And we’ll let you into a secret – it’s AWESOME.
‘Act Two’ is available to pre-order on iTunes right now.
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