World record-breaking Beragh balloon modeller wows ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ judges

Thursday, 4 May 2017

World record-breaking Beragh balloon modeller wows ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ judges thumbnailBeragh man, and balloon modeller, Ryan Tracey, smashed a Guinness World Record and progressed to the next round of Britain’s Got Talent on Saturday night.

A BALLOON modeller, who lives in Beragh, smashed a Guinness World Record and stormed through to the next round of the popular ITV talent show, Britain's Got Talent, on Saturday night.

Ryan Tracey, who owns the well-known business Duff Balloons, broke the record for five different balloon sculptures created in the fastest time whilst wearing a blindfold. The record previously stood at one minute 3.6 seconds and was held by an Australian man, who remained unbeaten for seven years.

Under the eyes of the audience and celebrity judges, Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams, Ryan modelled a dog, a sword, a flower, a snail and a caterpillar in the time of one minute and 1.3 seconds, shaving 2.6 seconds off the previous record.

"It feels amazing," a proud Ryan told the Tyrone Constitution after beating the world record. "It feels fantastic to have achieved that. I have been doing balloon modelling as a hobby and developing my business for a few years, but I always wanted to be a record- holder. I didn't know how I was going to do it or what I was going to do but I knew in my own head that I would be good enough."

Ryan, who got through to the live auditions after competing in a heat in Annie's Bar, Omagh, just before Christmas, was asked by Britain's Got Talent to attempt the Guinness World Record just days before flying over to Birmingham to face the judges.

"I had been preparing for months and a few days before I went over, the record I was attempting changed," Ryan said.

“The record I attempted in Omagh was not the Guinness World Record but Britain's Got Talent asked me to do the Guinness World Record a few days before I went over. So I had seven days of intense practice."

All Ryan's hard work paid off as he managed to wow both the judges and audience members alike and received a standing ovation upon finishing his act.

"It was the least nervous I have been and that's the first time I have entered a talent competition and it was in front of 2,000 people and the celebrity judges," Ryan continued. "But when I walked out on the stage I had no nerves. I was just in my zone and I enjoyed every minute on stage."

Ryan claims that the reaction he has received from his family and members of the public since breaking the world record has been "fantastic."

"The reaction has been fantastic, everywhere I go people have been really supportive," he said. "My family have been brilliant, they have been overwhelmed by it. I was speaking to my granny and I would be very close to her and she was saying that she was so proud of me. Everyone has been so overwhelmed.

"I've had loads of comments to say that people were on the edge of their seats and people were sending me videos of their children jumping around."

The Britain's Got Talent judges were also full of praise for the Guinness World Record holder, sending him sailing through to the next round of the competition, with the notoriously difficult to impress, Simon Cowell, branding his performance as "amazing."

"I couldn't be happier, I was rooting for you," quipped an excited Amanda. Meanwhile Simon said: "We've just clobbered the 'Aussies.' You are officially a hero and a world record breaker. I'm going to remember I was here in the day you did it."


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