GEORGE SAMPSON has a new team of expert mentors guiding him to the top of the showbiz tree — TAKE THAT.
The Britain’s Got Talent winner bumped into the manband after a photoshoot.
And the chance encounter turned into a masterclass in dancing, singing and fame from MARK OWEN, GARY BARLOW, JASON ORANGE and HOWARD DONALD, who have just about seen it all.
Gary took a backseat on the dancing, obviously.
George has now become firm friends with fellow breakdancing fanatic Jason.
And the wee man called me up after getting his own mobile phone for the first time to tell me about his new chums.
He said: “I bumped into Take That when I was leaving a photocall the other day.
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“They were arriving at the venue just as I was leaving and we had a really good chat. Jason and I clicked because we are both dancers and come from the same area.
“We were talking about breakdancing, which he did when he was my age in the Eighties.
“The lads gave me great advice on my career and some pointers on what to do and what not to do. They are taking me under their wing a bit.”
As I revealed last week, George is being thrown in at the deep end by SIMON COWELL.
The Britain’s Got Talent supremo is testing the lad’s vocals to see if he has what it takes for a recording career by getting him to add his voice to the music on his new dance DVD, out this December.
George sent me one of the tracks he has been working on called Headz Up to see what I thought.
Well, rapping 15-year-olds will never be played for anything other than work reasons in Bizarre HQ.
And he has a long way to go before he can hope to fill JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE’s slip-on shoes.
George has a difficult few years ahead of him as he enters ALED JONES territory — when the choirboy work will dry up.
But, without question, his army of loyal fans will snap up anything he releases — even if it includes the little fella just playing pots and pans.
I asked George which band he would like to be part of if he could choose.
He replied: “Probably THE VERVE.”
I then asked if he fancied being a young RICHARD ASHCROFT, to which he said: “I don’t know who he is, but yeah!”
He’s a good lad, George.
And for future reference young man, Richard’s the one who left Take That.
If you meet George, readers, don’t spoil my little joke.