Impressionist Francine Lewis was this week getting over her disappointment at not winning Britain’s Got Talent with the help of a little dusting and hoovering.
Ms Lewis, who was lavishly praised by the judges in last Saturday’s final of the ITV talent show but came second from bottom with only two per cent of the public vote, said that at least she could now get on with her housework.
“I’ve got to sort out my house. I’ve been so busy and totally neglecting it – it’s a mess!”
But once she has finished clearing up, she will focus on pursuing a career as a professional entertainer. “I have lots of meetings booked but I’ve no idea what’s on the horizon. My family are my priority, but if I could also have a career that would be brilliant.
“I’ve always wanted to be on TV. Always. I want to be the face of ITV for the future.”
Ms Lewis’s performance in the final — labelled “genius” by the judges — included impressions of Katie Price, Geri Halliwell and Stacey Solomon. She also took the chance to wish her son, Jake, a happy seventh birthday in front of the 18 million viewers.
“It was an amazing experience,” said the 37-year-old mother of two. “My son was watching from the side. He cried and cried when I didn’t get through. But my daughter never thought I would make it to the final line-up.”
Ms Lewis attributed getting through to the final to an interview in the JC which had persuaded readers to vote for her. “I just have to say thank you to everyone who reads the JC and who supported me,” she said.
Saturday night’s show was interrupted when a former contestant invaded the stage to throw eggs at BGT supremo Simon Cowell, disrupting the performance of singing brothers, Richard and Adam Johnson, in the process.
“I felt really sorry for the two boys,” said Ms Lewis. “It was awful for them.”