Britain's Got Talent 2012 contestant Ashley Elliot has insisted that the xylophone can be a cool instrument.
The teenager impressed the judges on Saturday night's latest audition episode with his playing, and got four yeses from the panel and some advice from Simon Cowell on how to improve the act.
Speaking after his audition this week, Ashley admitted: "I knew Simon would probably be the toughest judge. I knew what he would be thinking about a guy playing xylophone, so I was ready and braced for that."
And he insisted: "I think the xylophone can be cool.
"It's been part of orchestras for a long while and I think people react to orchestras sometimes in a negative way.
"I'm trying to bring the xylophone out and have fun with it. I want to show that it is cool."
Recalling how he began learning to play the instrument, Ashley told DigitalSpy: "I've been playing for about two years. My percussion teacher had a xylophone in his room and he used to let me play on it. Then he eventually sold it and we got it, so I started playing solo and entertaining with it.
"I just got into percussion and it's just something that I like. I know it won't be to everyone's tastes, but I enjoy the sounds and I think when I play it, most people think it's fun and enjoy it too.
"Whether other people will be inspired and pick up the sticks, I'm not sure."
Britain's Got Talent 2012 continues this Saturday night at 8PM on ITV1.