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Talent show act who is a load of pants; Geordie hopeful Gary Craig hits our TV screens as he tries to convince the Britain's Got Talent judges that his world record pants-wearing feat is worth a trip to the live finals.

BRITAIN'S Got Talent will return to our screen this weekend.

And despite Newcastle missing out on this year's audition list hundreds of Geordie hopefuls will take to the stage in an attempt to impress the panel of judges.

One contender, Gary Craig, 52, also known as Geordie Pantsman, will pull on pair after pair of pants, until he is rolling around the stage in what looks like a giant nappy.

Gary, originally of South Shields, gobsmacked judges at the Glasgow auditions when he told them he held the world record for wearing the most pants at one time - 211.

He and his assistant, his niece Karla, 17, are among the parade of barmy auditions that will be showed on ITV1 on Saturday. The architect and dad-of-two, who now lives in Whitburn, South Tyneside, said: "I currently hold the world record for wearing the most pairs of pants and somebody suggested I went on Britain's Got Talent.

"It takes about 20 minutes to put all the pants on so I had to adapt my routine for the show. I now come on to the stage wearing the pants. When I was breaking the world record businesses paid to have their companies logos on the back of the pants but on Saturday you will see these are now on the front.

"It about "The whole routine is just put meant to be a laugh. I'm quite excited about seeing the auditions on TV but scared at the same time."

pants had my for Gary, who has two daughters, says his family are completely behind what he is doing. He said: "My family are really supportive in everything I do. We are all very close. When I decided to go in for the auditions I didn't know whether to go on stage topless or to wear a jumper.

"It was my wife who told me just to go for it. She said if I was doing it I might as well go all out."

In this year's fifth series, veteran judge Amanda Holden will be joined by newcomers David Hasselhoff and Michael McIntyre. The pair will replace Piers Morgan and Simon Cowell - although Simon will return to for the live shows.

And Amanda admits that some weird acts are getting the nod to wind Simon up on his return. She said: "I can't wait to see Simon - and I especially can't wait to see his face when he sees some of the acts we've put through."

takes This year Newcastle was not included on the list of audition venues and it was replaced by Liverpool.

20 to the Talented Tynesiders had to travel to Glasgow, London, Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester and on so I for the first time Liverpool.

adapt routine show " Last year the Newcastle auditions found teenage boy band Connected, made up of 13-year-old twins Conor and Miles, 12-year-old Matt, 13-yearold Harry and Max, 15, Tyneside's all-girl dance troupe Aka, and 17-year-old singer Georgia Overton, of Acklington in Northumberland.

At the time Simon told the Chronicle: "It's great to be in Newcastle. I'm looking for some great talent and if not Ant and Dec's heads will be on the line. But if I happen to spot something good I will take all the credit."

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Date:Apr 13, 2011
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