Mark wows viewers in Britain’s Got Talent final

Mark wows viewers in Britain’s Got Talent final

5 June 2019

THERE wasn’t a dry eye in the house after Crossgar singing sensation Mark McMullan gave an electrifying performance during the Britain’s Got Talent final on Sunday evening. 

Singing She Used To Be Mine from the musical Waitress, Mark sadly lost his bid to win the competition, but still won over millions of fans across the UK. 

The 24 year-old architect received a standing ovation from all four judges and wowed the live audience which included his parents, John and Brenda, and his older brother, Declan, who has locked-in syndrome and is confined to a wheelchair. 

It is understood Mark has been approached by theatrical agents wanting to sign him up, despite losing out to 89 year-old Chelsea Pensioner Colin Thackery. 

Chief judge Simon Cowell told Mark he was “almost too perfect” and that it had been his best performance of the series. 

Cowell said he would have advised him to sing the song with just a piano track because his performance did not require background violin music — he was that good.

David Walliams told Mark he had done brilliantly. “There’s something very special about you, because you draw the audience in and you stay incredibly true to the emotion of any song you are singing,” he said.

Alesha Dixon said Mark’s performance was her favourite of the series. “You did it at the right time,” she remarked.

Amanda Holden told Mark: “I have never seen you so confident on that stage. You entertained everybody and you knocked it through the roof.”

After the comments, Mark, who joked that no one had ever told him before he was too perfect, thanked all the people who had supported him and had helped give him this “phenomenal opportunity”.

Later on social media Mark said: “The dream is just to see my name above a theatre.

I would love to be in the West End. This show really gives me the opportunity to pursue that.”

Mark also said his family were everything to him and that he wouldn’t have got anywhere without them.

The manic rehearsal schedule over the past week had left little time for him to see much of his family.

“He was really tired and after having a quick bite to eat on Saturday night he had to rush off to his room to finish his dissertation for his Master’s degree,” said dad John.

Mark’s girlfriend of eight years, Zoe Hunter, was in London for Sunday night’s final.

Back home the messages of support for him have been flooding in ever since he qualified for the final.

Crossgar footballer Andrew Waterworth, who plays for Linfield, retweeted a message from Crossgar Youth League, which urged people to vote for their former player.

A tweet from Darragh Cross GAC said that Mark was one of their former players too and appealed to everyone to vote for him.

The cast of a new West End musical showed their support for Mark in an unusual way after he sang You Will Be Found from their show Dear Evan Hansen in Thursday night’s semi-final. The cast adapted their Facebook page logo to ‘Dear Mark McMullan’.

There was also plenty of support from the Downpatrick-based St Patrick’s Choral Society which Mark performed with on many occasions.