Drama teacher Edward Reid performs his own song to win over the judges

Edward Reid

When it comes to auditioning for Britain's Got Talent, Simon Cowell would always say one of things NOT do to is perform your own song. However with Cowell now off the panel, it seems as though some auditionees are willing to take the risk with their own material.

One such person is thirty-five-year-old drama teacher Edward, who auditions for the judges in Glasgow during tonight's show. He tells the cameras before going out on stage: "I teach a group called the Nifty Fifties which are pensioners. I teach them drama, which is a fantastic class.

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"I like working with people with special needs, they seem to have amazing personalities. Somehow they have no inhibitions, so all the classes are always funny and entertaining. I used to work in a day centre and I used to walk about singing all the time and someone said to me, ‘You’ve got a nice voice,’ and I’ve never heard that before."

He continues: "I think Britain’s Got Talent would change my life. Just the fact that I’m here, this’ll be the biggest audience I’ve ever sung in front of. If I got to perform at the Royal Variety Performance in front of the Queen, those five minutes in her presence would be amazing."

Edward performs a surprise track for the judges - his own song (sort of...) - but to the tune of ‘Run’ by Snow Patrol.

Afterwards, Michael McIntyre says: "Thoroughly entertaining, thoroughly surprising, I didn’t think it would come in this form but Glasgow’s got talent."

However what do Amanda and The Hoff make of Edward's performance? Will the risk pay off?

You DON'T want to miss this epic performance, so tune Britain's Got Talent 2011 continues tomorrow night at 8PM on ITV1.

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