Britain's Got Talent's teenage opera singing sensation Jonathan Antoine wows the crowd and secures a place in Saturday's live Final.
Britain's Got Talent launched a week of live Semi Final shows in the UK on Sunday evening, and hoping for a place in Saturday's Final were Jonathan Antoine (17), and his singing partner Charlotte Jaconelli (16).
Hailed as 'The new Susan Boyle' after his stunning audition, there was concern over the weekend that a bad cold would force Jonathan out of the contest, but the pair performed on Monday night to a rapturous reception.
After a standing ovation from the crowd and all four Judges, Alesha Dixon raved, “You know what? There was a lot of pressure on you Charlotte. You held your own; you started the song so beautifully. When you sang Jonathan, I felt that in every bone of my body. It was incredible.”
Amanda Holden added: “I didn’t see you the first time, and in real life you literally blew me back into my seat."
After their first audition, Simon Cowell had urged Antoine to ditch Jaconelli but he'd refused; stating that he wouldn't even have been there if it weren't for her, and wouldn't be prepared to continue alone, so Cowell's comments after tonight's performance were of particular significance and satisfaction to the pair.
"I believed that you were holding him back," Cowell began, " ... And you made the decision to stay together Jonathan, and I have to tell you ... it's the best decision you ever made."
To wild cheering from the audience, he continued: "I understand your chemistry. I understand the support. Charlotte, you sang really, really well tonight, I've got to tell you. Gutsy. But the combination of the two ... one of my favorite EVER Britain's Got Talent performances," he grinned broadly.
David Walliams ended the Judges' comments with, "Well done for proving Simon wrong. I had no clue what you were singing about, but I wanted to cry. You could be winners on Saturday night."
The pair appeared overwhelmed and Anthony was only able to utter, " ... There are no words," and half an hour later in the results show the pair successfully booked their place in Saturday night's live Final.
After his first audition, Jonathan revealed he'd suffered a nervous breakdown last October (triggered by years of bullying over his size), and had left the school he was attending.
Jonathan had only discovered his singing potential four years ago (after his voice broke and he began taking singing lessons), and now attends the Royal College of Music in London one day a week, but is assured of a bright future - whatever the outcome of competition. Their first audition has already clocked-up nearly 13 million hits on YouTube.