The new series of the UK's 'Britain's Got Talent' uncovers an amazing new operatic voice. Have we found the next Susan Boyle or Paul Potts?
The new-look, new series of the UK's Britain's Got Talent show created quite a stir last week.
After losing viewers during the previous series, BGT had the added challenge of being screened 'head-to-head' with the very first Episode of the BBC's new talent show The Voice.
The line-up of judges included the Little Britain star, comedian David Walliams; actress Amanda Holden; singer Alesha Dixon and none-other than Simon Cowell himself, who'd returned in an attempt to underpin BGT's position as (excluding Soaps), ITV1's highest-rating show.
David Walliams brought a new dimension to the proceedings and wasted no time in teasing Simon with a host of gay references and quips; describing their relationship as a 'bromance', which clearly went down well with the audience and the UK media, if not perhaps quite so well with Simon himself.
Walliams quickly made himself at home on the panel, and from the usual assortment of weird and (not always) wonderful acts on view, voted-through - among others - a gay male couple who performed a ballroom dancing routine and a German singer who gave an unorthodox performance of Evanescence's 'Wake Me Up Inside' in a gold shower cap and cape - which opened to reveal gigantic gold wings.
It was the end of the show which provided the real surprise though, and as the last act literally lumbered onto the stage, Cowell looked disapprovingly at contestant Jonathan Antoine and his partner Charlotte Jaconelli and remarked, "Just when it couldn't get any worse," before grudgingly instructing them to begin.
Millions of people remember the moment Susan Boyle stunned the world with her performance of 'I dreamed a dream' in 2009. When this Opera/Pop duo began to sing, another such moment occurred and - within moments - the audience and judges were completely blown away by Jonathan's incredible talent.
When the clapping and cheering finally stopped, Simon's words said it all: “Charlotte I think you’re good, but Jonathan you are unbelievable. I mean seriously; you have an outstandingly good voice,” then added: “I mean that’s unbelievable, Jonathan: you are a future star.”
Cowell then went on to create controversy by suggesting that Jonathan continue as a solo act, but he refused, and the pair were unanimously voted-through to the next round.
Visibly moved, the pair left the stage to rapturous applause, and when the show's presenters, Ant & Dec told them that it was a 'life-changing' moment for them, Charlotte graciously whispered (with absolute sincerity), "For you," to Jonathan.
Jonathan (17), and Charlotte (16), are vocal school classmates who were paired-up by their singing teacher. The shy, overweight teenager Jonathan admitted to being self-conscious; bullied at school and needing his friend by his side to boost his confidence.
He is already being dubbed, 'SuBoy.' WATCH THE AUDITION HERE