2018 Young Presenter Winner!
The 2018 BAFTA Kids Young Presenter Competition Winner is 13-year-old Daniel McGovern from Chesterfield! Daniel sent in a hilarious video about pranking his older brother and was invited to London along with nine other finalists to be filmed as part of ITV’s The Big Audition. He wowed the judges with his perseverance and humour, and now it's all paying off! This year Daniel gets to go behind the scenes of your favourite children's TV shows, interview some huge stars and even present an award at the 2018 British Academy Children's Awards! Go Daniel!
How does it feel to win the BAFTA Kids Young Presenter competition?
It still hasn’t sunk in yet that I’ve won the BAFTA Kids Young Presenter competition! It feels strange because I’m just an ordinary kid and I never expected to have this amazing opportunity. I was in our local pantomime and I was in Oliver with Chesterfield Operatic Society, but this is my first real taste of showbiz.
What are you most excited about now that you’ve won?
I’m so excited to present an award at the BAFTA Children's Awards evening and interview people on the red carpet. I’m looking forward to meeting some famous people and am hoping to meet up with the other kids from the audition too.
I am also looking forward to going behind the scenes of TV shows and finding out what happens off camera and what it takes to make a TV programme. I’d like to meet lots of interesting people—not just the celebrities you see on the TV but all the people behind the scenes too.
Were you nervous during the final round? What or who helped you get through it?
I was so nervous at the audition that I was shaking! I felt like I didn’t say the right things and I didn’t sound like myself. Even when I found out that I’d won I didn’t seem excited because I was in shock. I was so glad that I had my mum by my side because she helped me to calm down, told me to just be myself and to enjoy it and not worry about winning or losing.
What do you think made the judges pick you as the winner?
I was very surprised when the judges picked me because I thought I had messed up and everyone else was more confident, and they were all so talented and nice. I think maybe they chose me because I carried on even though I was so nervous and had a good sense of humour.
Discuss some other challenges you’ve faced and how you’ve overcome them.
When I was younger I suffered from anxieties. I would have an upset tummy and be sick if I had to stay away from home, go to unfamiliar places or even take part in sports day. The school nurse helped me learn how to deal with my anxieties and gave me ways to overcome them. I still get anxious, but now I control my feelings instead of them controlling me. My motto is “Face Your Fears”.
Do you have a favourite film? Game? TV show?
I really like the Harry Potter films, because I’m a huge Harry Potter fan. If I had to pick one it would be the Deathly Hallows Part Two, because it brings everything together and you realise characters you thought were bad are really good, and things are way different than you actually thought they were. It was also the first movie where I cried!
My favourite TV programme is You’ve Been Framed because it’s a great show to watch as a family and it makes us all laugh.
What do you like to do in your free time?
In my free time I like to design and build scenes out of Lego, and I am currently building a Hogwarts Castle to my own design but it’s taking me a long time as I have to keep saving up for all the pieces I need.
I also like to play platform games where you can be creative and build your own virtual worlds and play with other players online.
I’m really into Youtube and I like to film and edit my own videos as well as following all my favourite Youtubers.
I’m a member of 331 Squadron Air Cadets, where we get to do fun things like cycling, sailing and cross country running. We also get to march in the Mayor’s Parade and on Remembrance Day.
On Saturdays I go to Pomegranate Youth Theatre drama club with my best friends Jess, Finn and Lydia.
What do you want to be when you grow up? Why does it sound good to you?
When I’m older I would like to be a TV presenter because I love meeting people and finding out all about them and the things they are interested in.
I would also love to be an actor, because I would be able to work with amazing people and use my imagination to create interesting characters.
Who inspires you?
The person that inspires me most is my music teacher, Mr. Breedon. At first I was scared of him because I thought he was strict but he is the best teacher I’ve ever had. He has a great sense of humour and is very supportive. He was a pupil at my school, was my head of year when I started high school and is now head of Key Stage 3. He is also a great musician, and I hope he gives me good grades after reading this!
If I could meet anyone I would love to meet Dame Maggie Smith and Dame Julie Walters. I think they are amazing actors and I’ve seen them in lots of different films, and of course they were both in Harry Potter!
Would you recommend other kids + young people apply to the BAFTA Kids Young Presenter Competition? Why?
I would definitely recommend other children to enter the BAFTA Kids Young Presenter competition because you don’t have to be from an acting background to win. It’s all about just being yourself and showing what you can do. You could get the opportunity to meet amazing talented people and go to fantastic places that no one else gets the chance to go to.
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