Beloved 70-Year-Old ‘BGT’ Rapper Passes Away

Jill O'Rourke
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BGT and AGT have seen several few rappers grace their stages, but none of them were quite like Norma Clarke. She was 70 years old when she auditioned for the first season of Britain’s Got Talent back in 2007.


Norma sadly passed away in 2019. Check out her audition below, and read on to find out what the judges thought of her performance. Spoiler alert: Simon wasn’t impressed.

Rapper Norma Clark Auditions For ‘BGT’

Norma said she’d been rapping for seven to eight years at the time of her audition, and she shared that she wanted to “bridge the gap between the young and the old.” She wrote her own raps, and hoped to be “one of the oldest rappers in the world.”

“Forget about my age, it’s what the body does,” Norma said before her performance, thrusting her hips. The audience cheered her on, but Simon didn’t look amused. He wasn’t any more entertained by her rap, as he pushed his red buzzer.


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However, fellow BGT judges Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan enjoyed the performance. Amanda said she was impressed that Norma remembered all the words, to which Norma said, “I should remember them, sweetheart. I wrote them.”

Simon didn’t hold back in his critique. “I think there are certain things ladies of your age shouldn’t be doing,” he said. He said the Royal Family would be “upset” to have Norma perform for them.


Norma Passed Away In 2019

Norma received two “yes” votes to move forward, but didn’t make it to the BGT semifinals. Years later, at age 78, she went viral for a video in which she raps in the back of an ambulance.

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Sadly, Norma passed away of a heart attack and kidney failure in August 2019 after a long illness. Her daughter Amanda Clarke said at the time, “She was just an incredible mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.”

She also shared that her mother wanted to win the BGT prize money to pay for a new community center for the young people on her estate. Amanda said Norma was “always thinking of others.”

Norma apparently did community work in Castle Vale for decades, including setting up a rock ‘n’ roll school for young people in the 1970s. She previously sang in pubs, where she was known as “the female Elvis.”

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