BGT star claims career was put on hold after making final

BGT: Magical Bones performs and brings powerful message

Magical Bones, whose real name is Richard Essien, reached the Britain’s Got Talent final in 2020, which is when the pandemic began.

At the time, filming for the show was put on hold, and fans feared it would be scrapped altogether.

However, ITV bosses made it work and due to social distancing guidelines, the show had to axe a live studio audience.

Instead, viewers were able to watch the show from the comfort of their own homes.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with, Magical Bones opened up about what life has been like since his audition.

He also shared his disappointment, admitting he felt his career was “put on hold” after he made the final of the ITV competition.

“It’s been a bit of a whirlwind actually over the last few years,” Magical Bones began.

“My Britain’s Got Talent performance was during the pandemic, so when I did the performance I had a lot of exposure.

“It was the exposure I needed in terms of, getting to that next level, and in terms of publicity and stuff.

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“However, because of the pandemic, I wasn’t able to really activate on that because we were all in lockdowns and stuff like that.

“So a lot of the performances I did were Zoom shows.”

Since the lockdowns lifted, Magical Bones has been able to take his show up and down the country.

“Since that [the lockdown] has been released, there’s been a nice little explosion of performances and people coming to see shows now and it’s just been a sense of relief,” he added.

“So, I  feel like my career was almost on hold until the pandemic was over.

“So yeah, now it’s just been really exciting because now people get to see my brand in person.”

During the latest series of Britain’s Got Talent, viewers welcomed Bruno Tonioli to the judging panel.

The former Strictly Come Dancing judge replaced David Walliams and has been a huge hit with fans.

When asked what he thought of the show’s new addition, Magical Bones described Bruno as “hilarious” and “genuine”.

Britain’s Got Talent returns on Saturday at 8pm on ITV.

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