Beau Dermott (12) shocks judges on Britain's Got Talent with stunning rendition of Defying Gravity
Twelve-year-old Beau Dermott was the stand-out star of last night's opening episode of Britain's Got Talent. She wowed the judges - and the public - with a cover of "Defying Gravity" from the musical Wicked. Judge Amanda Holden hit the golden buzzer, meaning Dermott has a free pass straight to the show's live semi-finals.
Despite being so young, she had a huge voice and never missed a note. She was palpably nervous and spoke quietly when she first came on stage, turning into a dramatic and confident stage performer as soon as she began singing.
Last night, Dermott got a standing ovation from the audience and all the judges.
Alesha Dixon said: "You are ready to be on stage, you are fantastic".
David Walliams agreed, saying: "Everyone else might as well just go home, because it was incredible."
Even the famously prickly Simon Cowell was shocked at Dermott’s performance, and enthusiastically told her: “We weren’t expecting that.”
X Factor winner Sam Bailey and the team behind Wicked, as well as members of the general public, have tweeted their support of the talented young girl.
The 12-year-old is no stranger to singing competitions - she won her local competition Halton’s Got Talent in July and came fifth out of 9,000 in the national final of Teenstar, a nationwide singing competition in the same week.
Her father, Ian Dermott, expressed his pride in her, telling their local paper: “The judges said she could give Kerry Ellis a run for her money in the West End show.
“She does get nervous before she goes on stage but once she is on, she just blows everyone away.”
Her family discovered her talent when she was eight.