'Circus saved me from drugs and trouble' - Britain's Got Talent semi-finalist Cormac of Lords of Strut
Britain's Got Talent semi- finalist Cormac Mohally has credited the circus for helping him turn his life around after falling in with the wrong crowd in his 20s.
The Corkman is half of dance duo Lords of Strut with his friend Cian Kinsella, portraying their alter egos Famous Seamus and Seantastic.
Having been arrested and fined for possession of drugs in the past, Cormac is thankful he has achieved success with his true passion.
"I'm open about it. It's nothing that's very scandalous," he told the Herald.
"I dabbled with a little bit of drugs and got in a bit of trouble and dropped out of school.
"I went to the circus in Belfast, and once I had that and once I had something to do with my life it was easy. I focused on that.
"What happens to the people who don't have something to do with their lives? Growing up in Cork there was no circus.
"There was no one to teach us. It was a one-off course I did in Belfast that brought me to a career."
The duo earned praise from judges David Walliams, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden during their audition, but failed to impress Simon Cowell. However, Cormac said the judges' opinions were of no great concern.
"Cowell is renowned for not getting comedy. He's a good song and dance man," Cormac said.
"David Walliams said he could watch us all day us. We were performing for the people in the room."
Lords of Strut are performing at this year's RIOT in Vicar Street from July 6 to 8 and 13 to 15. Britain's Got Talent's semi-final airs tomorrow at 7.30pm on TV3.