The Pensionalities, formerly known as The Pensionaires competed on season 11 of ‘BGT’ in 2017. The duo comprised of 84-year-old Henry Hall and 75-year-old Malcolm Sykes who had two huge voices that the judges and viewers at home absolutely fell in love with. Henry sadly passed away two years after his incredible ‘BGT’ journey.
Henry Hall Performed In A Popular Singing Duo On ‘BGT’
For their ‘BGT’ audition, the pair performed “You Make Me Feel So Young” by Frank Sinatra. They marveled at the chance of winning the competition and performing in front of the royal family as one of the prizes of the show. Their audition was totally adorable and clearly showed that the pair have a great friendship. Their matching caps and Henry’s trench coat only added to their charming appeal.
They received a standing ovation from the judges and the audience. Alesha Dixon called the performance “warm and funny” and Simon Cowell hilariously compared them to hosts Ant & Dec in 10 years’ time. Amanda Holden said it would be an act that she could seriously picture performing at the Royal Variety Show which lit a smile on Henry’s face.
They made it into the Semi-Finals where they performed their version of “History” by One Direction while wearing tuxedos. They added their own little jokes and quirky moments throughout the performance that made everyone fall in love with them even more. It was clear that the audience was totally obsessed with them and they received the majority of the votes that night.
The Pensionalities advanced to the Finals where they sang “When You’re Smiling” by Dean Martin. They ended up placing fifth in the competition and certainly showed that age does not matter and should never halt you from reaching for your dreams.
Henry Passed Away Two Years After Appearing On The Show
On April 28, 2019, Henry peacefully passed away at his home in Doncaster at the age of 86. His obituary said: “In both life and death, Henry definitely did it ‘his way!’ He died peacefully at home, as he wished, with his family. He lived an extraordinary life and was known to a great many people as H from Cusworth’s Motorcycles and latterly half of The Pensionalities from Britain’s Got Talent.”
A spokesperson for ITV told MailOnline: “We are saddened to hear of the passing of Henry Hall. The Pensionalities were a much-loved part of Britain’s Got Talent and we send our deepest sympathies to Malcolm and all of Henry’s friends and family.”
Henry got to live out his dreams before his death and was such a bright light on ‘BGT.’ He is one of the contestants featured in the What’s Hot Video below as we pay tribute to these incredible contestants. Make sure to read the updates in the comments for some corrections on the video.
Henry was definitely a part of one of the most memorable ‘BGT’ acts of all time and his memory certainly lives on.