HE won the hearts of the nation on primetime TV.
Fourteen-your old disabled youngster Jack Carroll from Brighouse stunned the judges, the audience and millions watching on TV when he sailed through to the next round of Britain’s Got Talent.
Jack – who has cerebral palsy and walks with a frame – was even given a well-deserved standing ovation by the audience and judges.
He won them over immediately by introducing himself to the judges as ‘a professional gymnast’ to roars of laughter from the audience.
And Jack’s cheeky gags about his disability and describing himself as looking like Harry Potter after “a nasty Quidditch accident” impressed panel judges Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and David Walliams.
David Walliams was particularly impressed and praised the young comic saying: “Jack you are a comedy genius! I wasn’t as funny as you at 14, I’m not even as funny now as you are at 14-years-old.”
He added: “It was incredible. Every joke was a winner!”
Then the big man himself, Simon Cowell, was equally full of praise: “I’ve got to tell you Jack, you’ve got one of the most refreshing attitudes. You made fun of what you’ve gone through and you made it funny, which is really, really difficult. You’ve just a got an incredible personality and I’m really happy that I met you.”
Unsurprisingly all four judges voted for the Brighouse High School pupil to go through.
His audition became an instant online hit, but it’s not the first time he’s made headlines and last year the teenager won a Pride Of Britain award due to his talent.
Jack’s stand-up talents first came to light when his gig at his parents’ Sue and Michael’s wedding anniversary got 10,000 YouTube hits.
After hearing he had won a Teenager of Courage award, Jack said: “If I can laugh at myself and make people laugh, maybe they will not be scared to talk about disability.”
Simon said at the Pride of Britain Awards: “He’s a little star. I defy anyone not to be touched by his story.”
And Amanda added: “It’s mostly young kids and they have been amazing. Little Britain has got talent.”
Before hitting the stage in the first to be screened auditions of the new Britain’s Got Talent series, Jack told hosts Ant and Dec: “I’m never going to be Usain Bolt but maybe I can focus on my strengths, which is to bring joy to the world.”
Jack lives in Hipperholme with his parents and younger sister Megan.
Britain’s Got Talent will continue next Saturday at 7pm on ITV.
The family were due to be on ITV’s This Morning today.