Search

Upminster teen James Smith makes it to BGT final

PUBLISHED: 09:12 28 May 2014 | UPDATED: 12:52 28 May 2014

James Smith

James Smith

Archant

A star is born as a teen makes it to the final of Britain’s Got Talent.

James Smith, 15, from Upminster, was declared the winner of the second semi finals last night, as he entertained audiences not only singing but with his Essex charm.

At his audition, James put his own spin on Nina Simone’s swing classic, Feeling Good, with nothing on the stage apart from him and his guitar.

He said: “When I get nervous I get really cold. I don’t know why but I do and back stage before I went on to audition, I started jumping up and down so I probably looked a little strange.”

But despite his nerves, James sailed through to the next round when he received four big fat yeses.

Last night, the teen was the final act to perform in the semi finals, and they really did leave the best until last as he wowed the judges and even more importantly the audience at home, who then went on to vote him as the winner of the night.

James is a self confessed lover of old time singers such as Elvis and Marvin Gaye, and has been singing since he was nine-years-old, when he won a karaoke competition at a caravan park while on holiday and started playing guitar four years ago.

He said: “I always sung since I was a little kid and knew it would be my dream job. I auditioned for the show as I thought it would be a great platform to help me start my career.”

James added; “It has been a really great experience so far but I think the best bit of it is just the exposure and I have loved ever bit of it, as to sing in front of so many people is amazing.”

The Britain’s Got Talent final is on next Saturday so stay tuned to see how James does in the competition.

Related articles

Latest Romford Stories

19:14

Hampshire’s new-ball partners Kyle Abbott and Fidel Edwards gave Essex a champion’s hangover as the Specsavers County Championship Division One winners suffered a batting collapse at the Ageas Bowl.

17:00

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane will be rotating his squad for their Velocity Trophy round one clash with league rivals Aveley.

15:00

Daggers skipper Craig Robson admitted they still need to sharpen up at the back if they are to build on their solid start to the campaign, following a 3-1 home win over Halifax Town at the weekend.

14:00

London Raiders head coach Sean Easton believes there is more to come from his side after their opening weekend of the 2017/18 season.

17:21

Police are appealing for the public’s help to find a missing teenager who frequents Romford Ilford and Chigwell.

12:00

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane expects a tough test after being handed a long trip to Hereford in the third qualifying round of the FA Cup.

Havering’s brilliant young people have been rightly recognised at last night’s fantastic Jack Petchey Awards.

A young entrepreneur who started his console repair and modifying business at just 16 years old, says he’s “the best” at what he does.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now