Search

Upminster’s James Smith performs in BGT final tonight

09:00 07 June 2014

James Smith

James Smith

Archant

A teenager is well on the way to becoming a household name, as he prepares to perform in the Britain’s Got Talent’s grand final tonight.

James Smith, 15, from Upminster, was named the second semi-final winner of the nationwide TV talent contest last week, after he performed a version of Gnarls Barkley’s Crazy.

His mum, Della Smith, said: “It is absolutely fantastic news and just really phenomenal that he has got this far.”

James started singing at the age of nine, when he won the Essex Park Resorts karaoke competition at Valley Farm holiday park in Clacton, Essex, singing Devil in Disguise in an Elvis-inspired leather jacket.

James started learning guitar four years ago and expressed a love of old music.

He sang Nina Simone’s swing classic Feeling Good at his first audition.

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

He has been busy all this week – on top of practising his song for the final, James made an appearance on Time FM and was also on ITV’S This Morning programme on Thursday, along with the other Britain’s Got Talent finalists.

He also played at an assembly at his school, which was filmed by a Britain’s Got Talent camera crew, and has been asked to perform on YouTube music channel SBTV.

On top of all that, he appeared at his dad’s toiletries stall in Dagenham Market, where 200 people turned up after he announced the visit on Twitter.

James said: “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 final of Britain’s Got Talent is on ITV at 7pm tonight.

Tweet @romfordrecorder to tell us what you think about James’ performance.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Stories

22 minutes ago
Brentwood Eels under-13s celebrate winning their grand final

Under-13s win final to complete double

27 minutes ago
Latest news from pre-season

Friendly joy for Motormen

37 minutes ago
One of the men can be seen with a shotgun

This is the terrifying moment a masked gang armed with a shotgun and crowbars broke into a house in Gidea Park.

09:05
Ben Foden is an Emirates ambassador for Rugby (pic: Marcus Mays)

England star and airline looking for World Cup flag bearers

Most read

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Get your hands on some fresh trainers!

Need some new shoes to head to work or some new heels for a night on the cobbles? London24 has teamed up with online retailer Sole Trader to offer £100 worth of shoes to one lucky reader.

Take in the stunning sites of London from the summit of the O2!

Up at The O2 has teamed up with London24 to give one lucky reader the chance to experience urban mountaineering this summer with an exhilarating 90-minute climb across the roof of one of London’s most iconic landmarks.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder