HIS percussive performance was timed to perfection.
But tub thumping Michael Fish couldn’t quite hit the nation’s heart in the semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent last night.
Michael, 24, from Golcar, showed off his stunning drumming skills in front of millions of viewers on the hit ITV show.
But Michael, aka ‘Fish On Percussion’, couldn’t quite strike a note with the voters who last night plumped for opera singing duo Jonathan and Charlotte and dancing partners Kai and Natalia.
Fish’s show included spectacular graphics, dancers and more than a few drumstick tricks.
Michael, who’s been playing drums since he was five, ended his routine in a blaze of glory as his sticks caught fire.
But judge Alesha Dixon wasn’t set alight by his performance.
She said: “I love you and I love the music but you got a bit lost up there.
“I would love you if it were at a club or a festival but I’m not sure it’s right at the Royal Variety Show.”
Former actress Amanda Holden hit her buzzer during Fish’s routine to show she wasn’t overly impressed with his skills.
She said: “It’s a bit too Ibiza for me... If you stripped it down and it was just you it’d be boring.”
But notoriously hard-to-please Simon Cowell remained impressed.
He said: “I couldn’t disagree with Amanda more.
“Your act is absolutely brilliantly timed. You’re a showman. The staging was brilliant.
“I really like it. I really like you.”
Comedian and fellow judge David Walliams joked: “I thought that went swimmingly.
“Maybe it’s more suited to a night club or a festival than the Royal Variety Show, but it was great.”
On Saturday Michael impressed Alesha Dixon with his image and even got fellow judge David Walliams dancing.
He also gained the approval of Simon Cowell.
Michael has worked as a professional drummer for the last three years, performing in nightclubs in Ibiza, Egypt and Dubai.
The former Colne Valley High School pupil is a graduate of Kirklees Music School.