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Burgess auditions for Australia’s Got Talent

Wigan-bound England international George Burgess has revealed he auditioned for Australia’s Got Talent, according to NRL.com.

The 27-year-old returned last week from a nine-game ban for eye gouging and used singing as a means to help him through it.

Burgess impressed the four-person judging panel, which included former Pussycat Doll and UK X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger, but playing commitments in the NRL Finals meant he couldn’t continue with the program.

“I sang a Michael Buble song and they were all pretty surprised to see me up there singing,” he said.

George Burgess auditioned for Australia’s Got Talent during his nine-game suspension.

“I got four ‘Yes’ votes but in the end I think they had to make some cuts to the final line-up. That’s fine, it’s just the way it is in TV. It was a good experience. Singing is something that I enjoy doing so I might do it again in the future.

The South Sydney prop also used his suspension time to work on his second film role, in the movie Rising Wolf.

It follows his first role in the soon to be released Australian movie Locusts, while he has also appeared on the Australian version of The All New Monty, and performed the lead role of Prince Edward in the play Not So Enchanted in February.

Souths coach Wayne Bennett reportedly encouraged his players to pursue other interests outside of playing, and that has given Burgess time to develop another string to his bow.

Russell Crowe is among Burgess’ acting inspirations.

“I missed the three games at the start of the year [due to suspension] so I thought I would use that time to do some stuff in that space and it was a good distraction for me.

“Obviously it was unfortunate to get another suspension but I tried to use that time to do some more stuff again and it was a good way for me not to get too caught up in my own head about being suspended and this being my last year and all of that. I used it to take my mind off things.

“It is similar sort of adrenalin buzz [to playing] I suppose but it is a new thing for me going out onto a stage. I have been playing footy all my life,” he said.

“They are very similar in the way that you have to prepare and you have to do the disciplines.

“If you are going out on stage you have to learn all of your lines and it is the same if you are going out for a game you have to know what your job is and trust that you have done all the training during the week.”

Burgess’ acting career is unlikely to stop when he makes the move back to the UK with Wigan next year.

Wigan chairman Ian Lenegan is a successful theatre producer.

While he will no longer be working with award-winning actor Russell Crowe, he will be alongside successful theatre producer and Wigan chairman Ian Lenegan.

Lenegan has been involved with over 30 stage productions, including the West End version of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, which starred Christian Slater.

“If there are any opportunities over there I would be interested for sure,” said Burgess, who will join Wigan next season on a three-year deal.

“I am enjoying it so it is good for me and it will be a really cool thing to do after footy, if that is possible.”

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