Missing People Choir Brings ‘BGT’ Judges To Tears With Powerful Message

Jill O'Rourke | Talent Recap

One of the most emotional moments in BGT history came in 2017, when the Missing People Choir auditioned for the show and shared their powerful story with the world.

The audience and judges were in tears over the performance. But the most amazing part of it all is that the choir’s appearance on BGT led to several people being found and reunited with their loved ones.

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The missing people choir is made up of people who have missing loved ones, as well as people who work with or support the Missing People charity. One member of the group shared that his son had been missing since 1988. Another said her son walked away from home at 18 and was never seen again.

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“Having the support of each other makes us stronger,” one member shared. “Sitting here together makes us stronger. And singing together makes us super strong.”

The choir performed a stunning rendition of the song “I Miss You,” as photos and names of missing loved ones appeared on the screen behind them. “It only takes one person to recognize a face,” said one of the members. Another expressed the importance of hope.

As the group performed, several audience members — as well as BGT judges Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon, and host Ant McPartlin — were in tears. “I’m glad that you’ve turned such a dreadful thing into something so positive,” Amanda told the choir.

Several People Have Been Found Since The Performance

The Missing People Choir reached the final of BGT Season 11. But that wasn’t the only thing the choir accomplished during their time on the show. In June 2017, ITV announced that a missing child was reunited with his family after their appearance on the show.

“We are delighted to announce that a 13-year old missing child who we appealed for on Britain’s Got Talent during the Missing People Choir’s performance saw his appeal and called his mum. He is now home safe and well,” Clare Cook, co-founder of Missing People, said in a statement.

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And that’s not all. A woman named Ju Blencowe was also found after she saw the choir perform. “I just thought how easy it is to just become a lost person, a faceless person, someone without a story,” she said. “Without the work of the Missing People Choir, I wouldn’t be here.”

A couple was even reunited after the choir appeared on the show. “The catalyst for my coming home was you,” read an anonymous letter to Missing People. “I had heard your choir audition on Britain’s Got Talent, and when I had spoken in my despair to someone on the telephone was advised to find a safe person to tell and to give my missing person number to. I did just that and stopped running.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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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