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Kevin Cruise ('Britain's Got Talent')

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Kevin Cruise

ITV

Among the dancing dogs, the great timbrel vs tambourine debate and body-poppin' dance acts, one performer shined brighter than any other on Saturday's Britain's Got Talent. With a Dale Winton tan and blinding white teeth that even Simon Cowell must envy, Kevin Cruise burst into the national consciousness with his hip-hop meets Riverdance meets 'YMCA' show-stopping routine. We caught up with the West Country's hottest new entertainer yesterday to find out how he is dealing with his sudden fame.

You've got a whole heap of interviews lined up today. How does it feel to have everyone wanting a piece of you?
"I know! It's not the first time, love. Not the first time, let me tell you. I'm feeling fine. I'm doing very well, thanks. It is really strange. This is all new to me. I'm used to spending my time at sea on the Fishy Rose. To spend this much time on land is pretty unusual for me."

Who is looking after the Fishy Rose while you are away?
"The captain is looking after the ship at the moment. He's quite capable. He's having to double his workload and watch what he drinks but he will look after it. We've actually got a new show coming up on the Fishy Rose, which we are supposed to be rehearsing called '5-6-7-8 Dance'. But they are having to do that themselves because I'm not there to help with the choreography. So that's a bit of a problem, but apart from that the ship will be fine."

Did Simon Cowell's put-downs and criticisms at the audition upset you?
"I didn't even know who he was to be honest with you. I swear on my life, I've never seen him before. I'm always busy and off on my ship abroad. You see, I had the ship docked at Hammersmith harbour when someone told me that there was a variety show going on up the road. They said that I could do a couple of minutes, which was really lovely. I went on stage for a couple of minutes and then the next thing I know, I'm being judged!"

Would you still invite him on the Fishy Rose?
"Do you know what? If he comes on the ship I'll give a lovely little discount. I won't give it to him for free, but I'll probably knock off £20 or something."

I thought he may be jealous of your impressive tan...
"I think he might have been as well. But do you know what? With his teeth and his tan, put a blonde wig on him and I think he'll look just like me. We could be brothers."

Could you tell us a bit about your stage attire? It was a nice gold number on Saturday's show.
"I think when you perform on stage it's always good to put a bit of glitter on. I don't agree with all this being sensible malarkey. A bit of glitter, a few sequins and I think that's what you should do. Like the olden days."

Piers Morgan said that he'd like to go cruising with you. Will you take him up on that offer?
"Oh I've been cruising with Piers for years. Back in the good old days that was. No, we've known each other for donkeys years me and Piers. The silly bugger!"

Is ITV going to help set up a meeting with your hero Jane McDonald?
"Oh. My. God. She is my biggest idol ever. She is like a God to me. If I was to meet her, I would probably pass out to be honest with you. It would be my dream come true, beyond belief. But do you know the other person I have always dreamed of working with? Sonia. Do you remember her from the '80s? *Starts singing* 'You will never stop me from loving youuu!' I'd love to get her on board. Jane as well, but that's obviously never going to happen, because she is too big a star now."

Will you be inviting any of the other Britain's Got Talent acts on the Fishy Rose?
"Oh absolutely. But I haven't really seen much of the show to be honest. I've been making arrangements about the ship and the government have been in contact this morning, trying to sort out the Fishy Rose being one of the rescue boats with all this ash business. At the moment it's getting all crazy. I've had Gordon on the phone saying, 'We need the boat', but I've got rehearsals to do for '5-6-7-8 Dance' to think about! I'm not quite sure what we're going to do, but hope for the best I suppose. I'll probably give Gordon a call after speaking to you."

What are you hoping to get out of the show in the long run?
"I think it's good for the Fishy Rose. It promotes the ship. It will get people on the seas and promote cruising. Ships are so different these days to what they used to be. I think we need more people to go on cruising holidays."

Britain's Got Talent continues on Saturday at 8pm on ITV1

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