Saturday 20 January 2018

'Fresh start' hope for Britain's Got Talent singers

Ant and Dec arrive at the Lowry Theatre in Salford for the Britain's Got Talent auditions.
Ant and Dec arrive at the Lowry Theatre in Salford for the Britain's Got Talent auditions.

A mother and daughter singing duo are hoping for a life-changing "fresh start" after fleeing a troubled domestic situation, as they take the stage on Britain's Got Talent.

In Saturday's episode, Ana, 43, and Fia, 18, will perform Barbra Streisand and Celine Dion's powerful duet Tell Him, after revealing to judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams that they had only been singing together for less than a year.

After Holden asks what her husband thinks of their singing, Ana admits: "I had a bad, difficult marriage and recently I had to take the kids out from home for good.

"It's our fresh start, I'm hoping for a better future for us."

The family, originally from Indonesia, moved to the UK in 2011 and now live in Essex along with Fia's brother Afi.

Viewers will have to wait until the end of episode to see if the judges give them the four yeses they need to see them a step closer to the £250,000 prize and a slot in the Royal Variety Show.

There is more family entertainment from husband and wife of 41 years Tony and Patsy, known as Topaz, who sing Ellie Goulding's How Long Will I Love You, ending their performance with a passionate kiss that has Ant and Dec urging them to "Steady on!" and the judges cringing.

Setting pulses racing is 28-year-old Saulo Sarmiento, an aerial pole dancer from the Canary Islands, who leaves Dixon and Walliams in a spin.

"It's a yes from me," The Little Britain comic says before the shirtless Saulo had even begun his dance routine to Muse's version of Feeling Good.

Cornish heart-throb Josh Curnow, who takes on Green Day's Basket Case, finds a kindred spirit in Cowell as he opens up about being told to abandon music when he was diagnosed as dyslexic at school.

He says: "The one thing I wanted to be was a musician, the age of 13,14, I was diagnosed as dyslexic and a teacher took me aside and said, 'Stop trying to be a musician and start aiming for working in a superstore doing shelves.'"

Cowell replies: "Someone said to me at school, 'Your mouth is going to get you into a lot of trouble, Simon.' So they don't know everything."

Dance acts have had plenty of success in the show and there is no lack of talent hoping their shapes can help them take home victory in the 10th anniversary year.

All-male contemporary dance group Khronos Agoria, made up of students from the famous Brit School, leave Holden saying she felt like she had just watched "a piece of theatre", while Flying Bebop, a futuristic act which incorporates drones, has the judges' jaws on the floor.

Forty-seven girl Glasgow dance group Deja Vu, ranging in age from 9-18, and Leeds schoolboy trio Mythical PSM are also hoping for four yeses with their energetic musical mash-ups.

:: Britain's Got Talent is broadcast on ITV at 8pm.

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