A WEST Cheshire College student has described getting through to the semi finals of Britain’s Got Talent as ‘the best thing I have ever done in my life’.

Alex Keirl, who is studying music at the Ellesmere Port campus, was voted into the top three last Friday night along with 11-year-old singer Asanda and impressionist Francine Lewis.

Lewis went straight through to the final on the public vote and Alex and Asanda were left to face the judges.

Alex said: “It was so emotional to think that all those people had voted for me. It was unreal.”

Chief judge Simon Cowell had not been a huge supporter of Alex throughout the series but admitted that he had sung Roberta Flack’s The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face ‘very well’ before casting a deciding vote to put Asanda through to next Saturday’s final.

Alex said: “Simon Cowell was never really that enthusiastic about me and I had quite a fight to sing the song how I wanted to do it.”

Mindful of his BGT contract, which allegedly means contestants are banned for life from speaking in detail about their experience, Alex said: “It was quite stressful having five executive producers telling me I was not allowed to do the song the way I wanted.”

Alex finishes his music course this summer and plans to get himself an agent and fulfil his dream of becoming a professional singer.