I don't expect any Britain's Got Talent favours from Simon Cowell - MckNasty


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DJ-ing drummer MckNasty says he expects no special favours on Britain's Got Talent, despite his chart-topping brother Labrinth being signed to Simon Cowell's label.

The 27-year-old was seen through to the next stage of the competition on Saturday night when he was given the backing of all four judges after he played along to Psy hit Gangnam Style.

MckNasty, real name Josh McKenzie, said today he got to this stage of his career on his own merit rather than through the help of his younger brother.

"The thing is we can't help who our mothers are - I didn't choose him as my brother and he didn't choose me, we're just brothers.

"Whether it's an advantage to me or not, I don't want it to be an advantage to me. I want to make my own way and try and do my thing.

"Obviously support from Labrinth is always a beautiful thing in the same way that he still wants my support."

Labrinth is signed to Cowell's firm Syco and has worked on hits by Tinie Tempah, while Emeli Sande featured on his number one single Beneath Your Beautiful.

MckNasty said: "In terms of where I am in my musical career, he's a lot bigger than me and is out there to the public. So him giving me advice like 'make sure you carry yourself well, make sure you speak well' - that kind of support is what I need from him and that's what I get from him.

"Having an advantage like, 'yeah, he's my brother so I should win' - no, it doesn't work like that. I want to be here on the merit of what I do and that's what I would want the audience and the nation to understand.

"That's what I'm about really, you don't get this by someone just putting all the food on the plate for you, I want to go out there and work for it."

He also insisted there was no rivalry in the family: "I'm his elder brother, he's my younger brother, he pushes me big time in terms of what I'm doing and he makes me feel like, 'he's doing that, I need to be better'.

"Or I'll do something and he'll come to a show and go, 'woah that's wicked man', and that'll push him to go and do something, so there's never any kind of rivalry, it's always very helpful.

"We just didn't grow up like that, we didn't have much. If we saw someone playing really good basketball then we'd have to step our game up. That's what it is when you come from a big family."