Posts Tagged ‘Britain’s Got Talent’

Top Ten Singing Auditions!

October 28, 2013

I love watching total unknowns come out of nowhere on TV talent shows and blow everyone away with their vocal prowess. Here are my top ten favorite auditions from The X Factor, America’s Got Talent and Britain’s Got Talent. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

The X Factor (USA) (2013)

Lillie McCloud

Lillie McCloud

Lillie is what Whitney Houston could have been. She’s the epitome of authenticity. You can literally see the joy bubbling up from her soul to pour itself out in every note and every expression. I can’t stop watching her performances over and over.

Click here to see more performances from Lillie.

The X Factor (UK) (2012)

Jahmene Douglas

Jahmene Douglas

I love me some Jahmene! He disappears so completely in his music that he becomes a pure instrument of soulful expression. Music literally saved Jahmene’s life (more…)

A Dancing Dog Wins “Britain’s Got Talent”

May 19, 2012


Sixteen-year-old Ashleigh was a fan of Britain’s Got Talent since the first episode aired five years ago. Coincidentally, that was also about the time she received her mutt Pudsey as a gift for her eleventh birthday. It’s fun imagining eleven-year-old Ashleigh announcing to her parents that she was going to win Britain’s Got Talent someday. Well, not only did she do just that, but it only took her five years and a dancing dog to do it! The dynamic duo took the top prize over singing sensation Charlotte and Jonathan on May 12, 2012.

Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome . . . Ashleigh and Pudsey!!!!!

Ashleigh unwraps a present on her eleventh birthday . . . Pudsey!


Silence Is Golden for Sam Kelly

March 29, 2012

Sam Kelly

After Sam Kelly sang Bob Dylan’s To Make You Feel My Love for his Britain’s Got Talent audition on Saturday, March 24, 2012, judge Simon Cowell commented, “I’ve got to tell you, Sam. When you’ve got absolute silence in a room like this, you’ve nailed it.”

Nail it he did. The nineteen-year-old son of dairy farmers told the judges before he sang that he “never really (more…)

Razy Gogonea: Matrix Man!

April 25, 2011


Razy Gogonea

I found Razy Gogonea‘s April 23, 2011 audition for Britain’s Got Talent enjoyable not simply because of his ability, but because he wasn’t afraid to go after his dream. It’s guys like Razy who inspire others to work hard and dream big. You could tell (more…)

Steven Hall Gets a Standing O!

April 24, 2011

Steven Hall, a fifty-three-year-old telecommunications engineer, (more…)

Olivia Archbold: In the Arms of the Angels

October 4, 2010

Only fourteen years old, Olivia Archbold mesmerized the crowd at her 2010 Britain’s Got Talent audition with her lovely rendition of Sarah McLachlin‘s haunting song, In the Arms of the Angels.

Here is Olivia singing Kate WInslets (more…)

Janey Cutler SIngs Up a Storm in Glasgow

May 12, 2010

Janey Cutler

On May 8, 2010, one year after Susan Boyle took Britain’s Got Talent—and indeed the whole world—by storm, eighty-year-old Janey Cutler, a mother of seven, grandmother of thirteen, and great-grandmother of four, auditioned for the show, as Boyle did, in Glasgow, Scotland. Before walking on stage, Janey (more…)

The Infectious Joy of Callum Francis

June 3, 2009

Callum Francis’ captivating smile is matched only by his joyous spirit. Here is the twelve-year-old’s May 2, 2009 audition on Britain’s Got Talent. His natural charisma and stage presence are nothing short of preternatural!

I love Callum’s brilliant semifinal routine. It’s perfectly suited for his talents and expertly staged. Even though the judges loved him, he (more…)

Dance, Aidan, Dance!

June 1, 2009

Eleven-year-old Aidan Davis blew the roof off during his May 16, 2009 audition for Britain’s Got Talent. It’s both astonishing and inspiring to see a kid who’s had no formal training or lessons who instinctively knows how to put together a show-stopping act all by himself.

Seeing so much talent in a child gives us hope and courage, that if one so young can touch the stars, surely we too can tap into our natural ability and, though it be known just to us, know what it’s like to soar toward the heavens.

Here is Aidan’s semifinal performance, which earned him a trip to the finals on May 30. His performance, along with his innovative use of mirrors, is both breathtaking and (more…)

Diversity Triumphs Over Susan Boyle

May 31, 2009

I was blown away by Diversity’s performance in the finals of Britain’s Got Talent on May 30, 2009. Internet darling Susan Boyle, who graciously accepted second place, said it perfectly: “The best people won.” Yep, Diversity absolutely deserved the top spot. Your heart will soar with joy at watching human potential fulfilled!

Here is their triumphant final performance . . .

. . . and the announcement of the winner!

Here is Diversity’s semifinal (more…)

A Granddad’s Tender Duet With His Grandgirl

May 30, 2009

This is me, wiping away tears after watching 2 Grand’s performances in Britain’s Got Talent. Here is the May 16, 2009  audition of John, a 76-year-old grandfather, and Sally, his 12-year-old granddaughter, singing a duet. It’s not the quality of the singing that touched me, it’s just seeing this elderly man and his grandgirl making a very special memory together. It made me think of my own daughter’s relationship with her beloved Poppa Kent and how she would have loved to have done something special with him like this.

Here is their semifinal performance, which earned (more…)

Natalie Okri Charms the Judges

May 29, 2009

Ten-year-old Natalie Okri is the latest adorable little kid to emerge as a contender on Britain’s Got Talent after singing No One by Alicia Keys on May 16, 2009.

Eight days later, Natalie sang Superstar in (more…)

Jamie Pugh Faces His Fears, Gets Three Yesses

May 28, 2009

I love this audition by 37-year-old Jamie Pugh for Britain’s Got Talent. He’s a regular Joe,  driving a van for a warehouse three days a week and delivering pizza at night. His singing didn’t do that much for me, but what impressed me and touched me was his courage in facing his “crippling stage fright” and performing in front of a live audience and the three judges.

I got teary-eyed watching (more…)

Hollie Steel Makes Three!

April 30, 2009

Shaheen Jafargholi isn’t the only youngster capable of giving Susan Boyle a run for the money on Britain’s Got Talent. Ten-year-old Hollie Steel brought down the house on Saturday, April 25, when she broke from a nondescript ballet performance—just as it appeared that Simon was about to buzz her—and burst into song.

The best thing about these three talented contestants is (more…)

Shaheen Jafargholi Wows the Judges

April 21, 2009

Looks like twelve-year-old Shaheen Jafargholi of Wales will be giving Susan Boyle some competition on Britain’s Got Talent. His April 18, 2009 audition didn’t start well. In fact, it was awful. I’ve never seen Simon Cowell do this before, but he stopped Shaheen just a few lines into the song Valerie by Amy Winehouse, telling the boy that he got it wrong and asking if he had another song to sing.

And that’s when (more…)

Susan Boyle Goes Legend

April 14, 2009

Susan Boyle of Blackburn, West Lothian, Scotland,  is forty-seven. She’s frumpy, unemployed, lives alone with her cat and has never even been kissed. And . . . she . . . just . . . blew . . . away . . . the judges and crowd in her audition for Britain’s Got Talent on Saturday, April 11, 2009.

Wow. Be prepared to be moved. Big time.


Susan Boyle stuns the crowd on "Britain's Got Talent"

The judges and crowd had dismissed her—and were openly mocking her—before she sang a note. The looks on their faces when she started singing I Dreamed A Dream from Les Miserables are priceless. They were on their feet before she finished the first stanza. Incredible.

What made Susan’s performance even more touching was the song itself, a song she has essentially lived, a song that cries out to the lonely and unwanted, a song that offers not comfort, but salt in the wounds of dreams unfulfilled.

Yes, there are (more…)