PENARTH’S Britain’s Got Talent star Jodi Bird has continued her rapid rise to stardom by winning the chance to perform at Disneyland Paris.
In a whirlwind 48 hours teenage star Jodi went from narrowly missing out on the final of Britain’s Got Talent on Tuesday night, to competing at the Urdd Eisteddfod in Bala on Thursday afternoon.
Jodi narrowly missed out on a wildcard entry into the final of Saturday's Britain's Got Talent, after impressionist Jon Clegg was chosen by the judges, but in the meantime she has been inundated with requests for TV work, presenting and performances.
She will also be performing and selling tickets for the Barry Superstars in the Making August performance of Hairspray at King Square on Saturday, June 7, from 1.15pm onwards.
After being mobbed by fans at the Eisteddfod, spending more than an hour signing autographs and posing for photos, Jodi blew away the judges with her rendition of The Girl from 14G in Welsh and won the Musical Theatre section of the competition.
As part of the prize Jodi will sing in Disneyland Paris on St David’s Day next year.
It was the second time that she had starred on live television in two days, with more appearances beckoning after her stellar performances.
Jodi, 16, said she couldn’t believe it when they announced that she had won and that her parents said they were very proud of her.
Jodi said she had a phenomenal time starring in Britain’s Got Talent and enjoyed being given the opportunity to meet the likes of Simon Cowell.
"It’s an experience I will never forget as I got to meet some wonderful people,” she said.
“When I met Simon Cowell he shook my hand and told me: ‘I am sorry the way it all turned out but the great thing about you is that you know exactly what you want and you will get there’.
“He also shook mum and dad’s hands as well, which was really nice.”
She added that there was a last-minute costume dilemma ahead of her performance: “Twenty minutes before going on stage live they asked me to change my dress. I was a bit shocked but apparently they needed to have a bit more bling for the camera.
“I am keeping in touch with some of the acts that got through and can’t wait to see them in the finals.”
She added that shortly after returning home on Wednesday night they were back on the road driving up to Bala on Thursday morning, where she was instantly mobbed by fans who recognised her from Britain’s Got Talent.
“I was a bit embarrassed at first but they all wanted photographs and autographs and to hear all about BGT,” she said.
“It was all a bit surreal, especially when they realised I was there to take part in the Eisteddfod and that I was a Welsh speaker everyone went crazy.
“It took us an hour and a half before we could move to get some food before my competition, but it was great fun and made me even more proud to be Welsh.”
After performing at 2pm in the preliminary competition Jodi had an anxious wait to find out whether she had made it through to the final three.
“I was so excited to find out I was one of the three and then had to wait till 8pm that night before going live on TV. When they called out my name as the winner I didn’t quite believe it."
Ysgol Bro Morgannwg pupil Jodi added: “When I came off stage mum said to me that there can’t be many people who have been live on TV in less than 48 hours on two different channels in two of the most prestigious competitions in England and Wales. Mum and dad said they had never been prouder of me during this week with everything I had gone through.”