Simon Cowell and friends were deeply moved by Ian Bartholomew’s audition for Britain’s Got Talent. Ian played domestic abuser Geoff Metcalfe in Coronation Street until last year.
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Former Corrie actor Ian Bartholomew brought the Britain’s Got Talent judge to tears when he performed a song he wrote.
The 67-year-old is known for playing vile Geoff Metcalfe, who abused his wife Yasmeen Nazir, played by Shelley King, on the soap.
According to The Sun, he appeared at this year’s audition, where he performed a song he wrote for the Women’s Aid charity against domestic abuse.
He was inspired to raise money for charity after being appalled by the number of women killed by their partners while locking doors.
Introducing himself to the judges, Ian said: “I’m from Cheshire. I’m in Coronation Street. I play Geoff Metcalfe badly. He’s a terrible piece. I started in 2018 and I was fell off the roof on last year’s show I’m 67 years old.
“The song I’m singing was written by myself and used in Women’s Aid’s campaign to raise awareness about domestic abuse. I’m not here for me, I’m here for charity and its victims. abused”.
Ian also revealed: “The song came from the first batch of lockdown when domestic abuse cases were going on on the roof and three women died every two weeks. I was so angry and still am.
“The song just came out and I reached out to Women’s Aid and that’s why I’m standing here because this show has the most incredible reach.”
His beautiful voice impressed Amanda Holden, Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams – who all agreed to let him perform.
David was full of praise for Ian, adding: “You’ve done it brilliantly and it’s going to do a lot of good by reaching people on TV and it’s going to help the charity.” .
“The whole package was incredible and it was a surprise because you’re an actor from Coronation Street and it’s a very difficult subject. It worked out so well.”
Amanda gave him some advice, and said maybe he could sing with survivors of domestic abuse.
She said: “It’s going to have a much bigger and better impact. Maybe that’s what we can think of. I’ve seen a woman here and she’s really amazing and you’re home. champion for them.
“For me, it’s much better if you have some women with you and form some sort of choir if they’re brave enough to stand with you. That’s the weird concept of this man that all of them have. we all know when Corrie sings about the poor women.
“I think it needs some coming out behind you so we can turn it into something more powerful. Great song.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/britains-talent-judges-tears-after-26605401 Britain's Got Talent judge sheds tears after former Corrie star Ian Bartholomew's audition