SIMON Cowell has made his name for being Mr Nasty on television talent shows.
Yet the ruthless Britain’s Got Talent judge was mightily impressed by a Flintshire man with an unusual love.
Cain Hamilton, 30, whose main hobby is customising harmonicas, appeared on the ITV talent show performing on his own mouth organ with some beatbox accompaniment thrown in.
The performance, recorded in March, has now been aired, and while Cain was lavished with praise by Cowell, his performance split the panel of judges.
“I thought this guy is brilliant,” said Cowell.
Fellow judge David Walliams agreed with Cowell, saying: “It’s amazing the sounds you make. You’ve set the harmonica world alight.”
However, it wasn’t all plain sailing for the self-employed harmonica customiser, as he came under fire from panel members, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon.
“For me you sound like how I sound out of breath on a run,” Amanda said, before panting.
Alesha agreed with Amanda: “It’s not my cup of tea but I think the audience genuinely liked it, I’m so confused.”
Cain said: “Before I went out there, I was speaking to Ant and Dec at the side of the stage and said I’d only performed in front of 40 people before.
“My nerves hit me straight away, but it’s like you sort of zone out in a way and you can’t really see any of the audience.”
With two yes and two no votes each, Cain stood on the brink of going home, until audience backing managed to sway Alesha’s decision and sent him through.
Cain, who lives with his fiancee Charlotte Price, 21, and daughter, Grace, three, at Moor Lane, Holywell, is now waiting to see if he’ll make it to a live semi-final after being placed on a shortlist.
“I’m just nervously waiting to know and I’m still practising,” he said.
“Off the back of this, I’ve had a lot more requests for harmonica gigs.”
The former plasterer also claims to be Flintshire’s only harmonica customiser and the second best in the field across the world.
He picked up the harmonica after damaging vertebrae in his spine in a fall in 2010, and was bed-ridden for three months.
To pass the time, he got in to the harmonica and played until he simply couldn’t put it down.
He said: “I couldn’t move so I just played night and day and put 110 per cent in to getting in to the harmonica.
“Now I play blues harmonica and customise them so they play much better than any you can buy.”