‘BGT’ Golden Buzzer Duo Returns 5 Years Later For ‘Champions’ [VIDEO]

Jill O'Rourke | Talent Recap

Music duo Bars and Melody warmed the BGT judges’ hearts when they auditioned for the show in 2014. Five years later, they returned to the stage to compete on BGT: The Champions.

The judges marveled at how grown-up the guys were in their new performance. Check it out below, and read on to find out more about their career and friendship.

Bars And Melody Get The ‘BGT’ Golden Buzzer

In 2014, Bars and Melody (real names Leondre Devries and Charlie Lenehan) auditioned for BGT Season 8 at age 13 and 15. The duo performed an anti-bullying song based on “Hope” by Twista and Faith Evans.

Leondre said it was inspired by his own experience being bullied in school. He described himself and Charlie as “brothers.” Charlie said music made Leondre more confident.


The judges were impressed by the passion the boys put into their performance, with Leondre rapping and Charlie singing. The duo hugged each other as they earned a standing ovation from the audience.

The crowd chanted for one of the judges to push the Golden Buzzer, and Simon Cowell answered the call. They went on to finish the competition in third place, and later released a single called “Shining Star.”

Bars And Melody Return For ‘The Champions’

Even though they didn’t win BGT, Bars and Melody signed a £500,000 record deal with Simon Cowell’s label Syco. They’ve since released four studio albums and two EPs, and have been on several tours.

In 2019, Bars and Melody returned to the BGT stage to compete in the first season of Champions. They were 18 and 20 at the time, and the judges couldn’t believe how much they had grown up. “Oh my God, they are men,” Amanda Holden remarked.


The duo performed their song “Waiting for the Sun,” and the crowd went wild for them. After the performance, as confetti rained down, the friends hugged each other. The judges went on to praise their performance.

“In my opinion, this was so much better than anything you did in the live shows when you were on the show,” Simon told them, saying they had a “real, real shot” to go to the final. That ended up happening, although they didn’t win. You can follow them on YouTube to see their music videos and vlogs.


Jill O'Rourke
Jill O'Rourke

Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit

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