Upminster teen James Smith makes it to BGT final

09:12 28 May 2014

James Smith

James Smith


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.

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