Simon Cowell has been known to stop singers mid-performance on shows like AGT and BGT. It may seem rude, but the contestants usually end up sounding better once they try again.
That was certainly the case when 22-year-old Gruffydd Wyn Roberts auditioned for BGT in 2018. The opera singer ended up earning the Golden Buzzer after his second try. Check it out below.
Gruffydd Wyn Roberts Auditions For ‘BGT’
Gruffydd shared that he lived with his grandmother in Wales, telling the BGT judges that he didn’t know his father until he was 16 years old. He said his dream was to sell out theaters like the one he was auditioning in.
The young singer launched into his first song, but it didn’t take long for Simon to hold up his hand and stop him. He said the performance was “cold and mechanical,” but he could sense there was more Gruffydd had to offer.
Gruffydd then performed “Nessun Dorma,” which previous winner Paul Potts performed in his own audition during the show’s first season. As he sang, Gruffydd’s friends cheered him on from the audience.
When Gruffydd’s performance was over, the judges gave him a standing ovation, and Amanda Holden hit her Golden Buzzer without saying a word. “I didn’t know I was gonna do that,” she admitted afterward.
How Far Did Gruffydd Get In The Competition?
Simon called the song Gruffydd chose “the ultimate underdog song,” saying he deserved the Golden Buzzer. While he called his original performance a 6, he said Gruffydd brought it up to 10.
Alesha Dixon teared up as she told Gruffydd, “There’s something special about you.” David Walliams said everyone felt “like we were flying” during his performance. Amanda compared him to Paul Potts, saying he also blew them away.
Gruffydd made it all the way to the BGT finals, and ended up placing fourth in the competition. Earlier this year, he released his first album, called Chapter One, which you can listen to on Spotify.