These ‘BGT’ Child Stars Were All Grown Up On ‘Champions’

Jill O'Rourke | Talent Recap

BGT: The Champions featured memorable acts from both Britain’s Got Talent and other Got Talent franchises around the world. Some of the returning BGT acts were children when they appeared on the show, and have since done some growing up.

The BGT YouTube account shared a video compilation of these young stars, from singer Connie Talbot to dancer George Sampson. If you watched them during their original run on the show, you might not recognize them now.

Watch the stars’ Champions performances above, and then check out their original appearances on the show in the videos below, along with some information about each of them.

‘BGT’ Child Stars All Grown Up!

Connie Talbot

Connie was only six years old when she auditioned for BGT in 2007. She performed a sweet rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” which brought judge Amanda Holden to tears. Simon Cowell told her she was “fantastic.” She ended up placing third in the competition. Connie is now 18, and has released several albums. During Champions, she performed her own song “Never Give Up on Us.”

Jack Carroll

This young comedian was a runner-up in Season 7 of BGT, when he was 14 years old. Jack has cerebral palsy, and often talks about it as part of his act. “Every joke was a winner,” judge David Walliams told him after his audition. Jack is now 20, and has appeared in several television series. He updated his routine for Champions with jokes about clubbing and being a football fan.

George Sampson

This dancer won the second season of BGT when he was just 14 years old. His semifinals performance was a “Singin’ in the Rain” homage, which he referenced in his Champions performance, along with his former busking experience. Now 26, George has appeared in several television shows since his time on BGT.

Issy Simpson

This young magician hasn’t grown up completely since she was on the show in 2017, but she is older now. Issy was runner-up in Season 11, when she was 8 years old. She compared herself to Hermione Granger from Harry Potter. Now 10, Issy returned to the show with a card trick and a positive message.

Bars & Melody

This singing and rapping duo finished in third place in Season 8 of BGT. They’re made up of Leondre “Bars” Devries and Charlie “Melody” Lenehan. In their audition, they sent an anti-bullying message and earned the Golden Buzzer from Simon Cowell. Now 19 and 20, they made it to the finale of BGT: The Champions with a performance of original song “Waiting for the Sun.”

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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