14-Year-Old Blind British-Pakistani Singer Moves Simon Cowell — Can She Win The Show?
Sirine Jahangir lost her sight at the age of 10. However, that didn’t stop her from impressing the judges with her singing and piano-playing during audition rounds for the reality show, Britain’s Got Talent.
Watch Sirine Jahangir on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ 2020 Auditions
The fourteen-year-old teenager, Sirine Jahangir has been completely blind since she was 9 years old. She was born in London and is of Pakistani descent.
She sang the song Salvation by Gabrielle Aplin while playing the piano on Britain’s Got Talent. She received a standing ovation from both the audience and the judges. Sirine was accompanied by her parents, brothers, grandfather, and her two aunts.
David commented ‘What you couldn’t see is the entire palladium on their feet applauding you, because they love you!’ Amanda went on to describe the entire audition as ‘Poignant.’
‘I only do school performances so this is something completely new and being able to sing right now is such a big opportunity and I don’t want to waste it’ said the teenager.
Andrea Bocelli is Sirine’s idol who is also blind. They met in October 2018, when the star was in Britain to perform at Princess Eugenie’s wedding and he wanted to meet Sirine.
In an interview with The News and Geo she said, “I never ever expected any of this. I started taking music seriously at 10. My friends asked why I didn’t perform and now I’m here and it’s so incredible. I went to watch BGT last year with my friends and they asked me to give it a go. I thought I only perform for school shows and BGT is such a huge platform. I am happy that I have been able to put smiles on the faces of people through my music. It’s incredible.”
Sirine Jehangir Is Proud Of Her Pakistani Roots And Wants To Use Her Platform To Spread Awareness
Sirine Jehangir is the granddaughter of the Sahibzada Jehangir, who is the spokesperson of Prime Minister Imran Khan on Trade and Investment in the UK and Europe. Pakistan’s late singing sensation Junaid Jamshed is also her uncle. Sirine said that Imran Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistan, visited her home near Hyde Park years ago and met her. At that time, Sirine could see from one eye and later her parents moved from Central London to North London to get her in a school which offered facilities for children who suffered from blindness.
“I want to follow the footsteps of Imran Khan for charitable work. He has done so much good work in the field of charity. I am not in BGT to become a celebrity but to use the platform to carry out work that could help others and help me shine a light on the difficulties faced by people who suffer from disadvantages in life,” she added.