Dancing man Tommy Franklin's 'Salty Rain' on to AGT finals

Tommy Franklin, the ‘dancing man’ of Byron Bay.
Tommy Franklin, the ‘dancing man’ of Byron Bay. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

"MAGIC" is how Byron Bay's 'dancing man', Tommy Franklin, describes making it through to the grand final of Australia's Got Talent.

"I was just over the moon - like the cow - when I found out," Tommy said.

The grand finalists were announced on the Channel Nine talent show on Monday night, and dancing Tommy is working on his next performance, the details of which he is keeping under wraps, except to say it will be "spectacular".

The exposure from the national television show has catapulted Tommy to celebrity status with everyone, from six-year-olds to grandmothers, asking for his autograph and has resulted in the dancing man being wooed by TV shows, festivals and record companies.

"It's beautiful having these people from all walks of life rocking up to me saying my video made them smile," Tommy said.

"But, when I first started dancing in Byron Bay I never did it for fame or celebrity.

"I nearly destroyed myself (with drugs and alcohol).

"I've been sober for 11 years and have gone from misery to make a complete 180-degree turn.

"I looked up to the stars and asked for this and my prayers have been answered.

 Tommy will be up against comedic mime artist Raymond Crowe in 'The Finals' episode of Australia's Got Talent


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