Britain's Got Talent Contestant Compared To Susan Boyle With Shock Performance
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Britain’s Got Talent returned at the weekend and one contestant was compared to the iconic Susan Boyle audition after shocking the judges and viewers at home with their performance.
Watch the performance below:
Tom Ball, 23, took to the stage in front of Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams and with the support of his dad and fiancé in the audience.
The judges were charmed by the teacher’s happy attitude and he blew them away with a sombre and dramatic performance of Sam Smith’s Bond theme Writing’s on the Wall.
As soon as Mr. Ball started singing and hit all the high notes, the audience at the London Palladium cheered and applauded and it was clear that the judges were also impressed.
Viewers at home were left stunned and compared the teacher to Susan Boyle, who similarly wowed the judges when she auditioned for the ITV show back in 2009.
One Britain’s Got Talent viewer said: “Tom Ball is like the male version of Susan Boyle!”
Similarly, another Twitter user shared: “First weep at #BGT well done Tom Ball. I can see him as the new Susan Boyle.”
Another person praised the performance, writing: “Tom Ball has an exquisite voice. Beautiful. Right up there with Josh Groban I would buy his first album tomorrow! #BGT And hugely likeable too! #Britainsgottalent."
After performing a rousing rendition of I Dreamed a Dream from the musical Les Misérables in her first audition, Susan went on to finish in second place behind dance troupe Diversity and has achieved worldwide success.
Boyle’s performance resonated with people because the audience initially judged her because of her appearance, with some assumptions that she might have been a joke act because of her demeanour and appearance.
Immediately after Boyle’s performance, Holden said she had been “very cynical” at first and that hearing her voice was the “biggest wake-up call ever.”
Piers Morgan, who was a judge at the time, appeared with Boyle on CNN’s Larry King Show and apologised for judging the singer on her appearance. He said: “I'm sorry because we did not give you anything like the respect we should have done when you first came out. We thought you were going to be a bit of a joke act, to be honest with you.”
Good luck, Tom!
Britain’s Got Talent continues on Saturday at 8pm on ITV.