Disappointed Britain’s Got Talent contestant Langho’s Ella Shaw says she still came off the stage with a big smile on her face despite being knocked out of the hit ITV talent contest.
The former pupil of St Mary’s RC Primary School at Langho and St Augustine’s RC High School at Billington, Ella (18), said: “I’ve had so many lovely messages off people telling me to keep going and that they are gutted that I didn’t get through.
“I’m feeling okay, I was gutted, but I came off stage and still had a massive smile on my face and everything happens for a reason.
“I personally don’t think it was my best performance, but I still enjoyed it.”
She added: “It has been an amazing platform for me and I have gained so many fans. I now want to do something to thank them.
“I’m going to chill out this weekend as I’ve been working so hard recently and celebrate my seventh place with family and friends on Saturday night.
“I’m going to get back to it on Monday and plan what to do next.
“I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has supported and I promise to keep going. This is not the end.”
Ella’s BGT dreams were crushed on Wednesday evening despite receiving a host of compliments from judges after delivering a rendition of “Everybody’s Free (To Feel Good)” by Rozalla.
Looking stunning, prior to Ella taking centre stage at the live semi-final, a clip was shown of Ella at home in Langho with her parents Janine and Dave Shaw and two sisters Jessica (15) and Mollie (12). Her father said this was the “biggest moment” of Ella’s life, while her mother said they were all going to “explode with pride”.
After her performance judge David Walliams said: “I was really blown away by it, well done.”
While Alesha Dixon praised her “great stage presence”. Simon Cowell noticed she was nervous, but said she had “world-class” star quality. Amanda Holden agreed with Simon about Ella’s nerves, but praised her “solid performance”.
But her interpretation of Rozalla’s hit did not win enough votes to take Ella through to the live final of the show on Sunday. Acts UDI and Jamie Raven were voted through to the final joining Cor Glanaethwy, Entity Allstars, Jules O’Dwyer and Matisse.
Talented singer Ella came under the national spotlight after wowing BGT judges at the auditions with her own original song, “Summertime”. She received a standing ovation and was given four “yes” votes. Ella, who previously took part in the Ribble Valley’s talent contest “GRAB” event, admitted being sick with nerves prior to Wednesday’s live semi-final performance.