Greatest Showman Singer Dazzles BGT Judges in Golden Buzzer Moment
The original singer of The Greatest Showman track Never Enough dazzled the Britain’s Got Talent judges and was awarded the coveted Golden Buzzer as the show launched its new series. Loren Allred, 32, from Brooklyn, New York, revealed during her audition on the show that she was the voice behind the hit song in the 2017 musical film, which judge Simon Cowell admitted was a big fan.
After performing a gripping rendition of the track, the audience and judges appeared in awe, especially Amanda Holden who awarded her the special buzzer that automatically grants her a spot in the live semi-finals. Allred explained before her performance that she was hired by the film to do the lead vocals for the actresses and that lead star Rebecca Ferguson, who plays Jenny Lind, insisted that she lip-synch so that the Allred’s voice be on the track.
When Cowell asked why she didn’t get her break after that song was released, Allred admitted that she was previously “more comfortable singing backstage.” She added, “But I feel like the song was meant for me and I’m ready to put a face to the song. So I’m here to do that.
As the audience and judges rose to a standing ovation for the singer after her performance, Holden pressed the Golden Buzzer before taking the stage to kiss Allred. Holden said: “I am absolutely shaking. I can’t believe I had this amazing opportunity to give you your moment to shine because that’s it.
Judge Alesha Dixon added that she felt like a “superstar” had arrived, while David Walliams noted that the crowd was in the palm of her hand from the first note. Music mogul Cowell, who created the show, revealed he thought it was “one of the most amazing audition moments” he had ever had.
He said: “It’s so deserved because to see someone else sing that song in that movie and not have the recognition of doing one of the most amazing voices of all time. And for you you were kind of revealing to the world, it was actually one of the most amazing audition moments I’ve ever had.
“I’m speechless. I’m so happy. Timing in life is everything and maybe now is your moment. Congratulations.”
After the audition, a shocked Allred said, “I can’t believe this just happened. I did not expect that.”
Before Allred, 62-year-old Ferdinand Rennie performed his own rendition of Never Enough. However, the Dunoon, Scotland singer didn’t get the same response and received a split decision with two no’s from Dixon and Cowell, who accused him of ‘murdering’ his favorite song.
The first episode also saw a man dressed as a robot named Titan sing Cry Me A River with added theatrics as water gushed out of his mechanical eyes, causing Holden and Dixon to hide under their desks, but they still got four yeses. Brother and sister Alex and Emily were also impressed with their quick-change illusion act named Matricks Illusion, which saw not only quick outfit changes, but also multiple people swapping. Among the characters to change was a Cowell lookalike dressed in the Judge’s classic white shirt and jeans combo with the glamorous assistant’s bright red tassel dress on top.
While an adorable group of four young boys aged 6 to 10, named the Scooter Boys, get hearts racing as they perform jumps and somersaults on their scooters up large ramps. However, disaster struck when one of them fell halfway through, but after checking he was uninjured, they returned to the stage to restart the performance, impressing the judges with their resilience and their camaraderie.
During this time, Holden was also forced into the act of The Phantom, who performed his illusionary tricks while remaining invisible, only being heard by a voiceover. The Phantom stunned the crowd after correctly guessing the secret item Holden had chosen, which turned out to be the real Walliams Keys that the Invisible Artist had previously stolen from his dressing room.
Nick Edwards, 35, also received a shock when his daughters, aged three and four, were brought on stage by their grandmother in a bid to convince him to audition. After the singer had a moment to compose himself, he returned to perform Ernie Halter’s Daddy’s Little Girl, which tugged at the heartstrings and brought Holden and host Declan Donnelly to tears.
The ITV series returned on Saturday for the first time since being suspended in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Britain’s Got Talent continues at 7.35pm on Sunday on ITV.
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