A Britain’s Got Talent contestant said his unexpected audition gave him the confidence to return to music after 11 years without performing.
Ick Edwards, 36, was left in shock when his three and four daughters, Savannah and Cali, were brought onto the stage by his mother Tracey to persuade him to audition during Saturday’s show.
The Doncaster, South Yorkshire singer said he had “never been so terrified” in his life before performing, but his dream of taking his own songs to the public has now been rekindled.
Edwards told the PA news agency he was completely in the dark as he thought he was out with his wife for a day without the kids after his sister-in-law surprised her with free tickets to Britain’s Got Talent.
He said that when he first saw his mother and daughters take the stage he thought they were auditioning but felt instantly “petrified” when they revealed they were there to surprise him.
Ahead of his performance, he told the judges he’s “lost a lot of confidence” over the years and tends to only sing in the shower.
After a moment to gather himself, Edwards returned to sing Ernie Halter’s Daddy’s Little Girl and play guitar, which he dedicated to his daughters as the song had become part of “the soundtrack of their lives.”
His performance captured the hearts of the crowd as judge Amanda Holden and host Declan Donnelly were brought to tears.
Music mogul Simon Cowell added, “It was so sweet, you have a beautiful voice,” before David Walliams confirmed he had “4004 yes,” including the audience.
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Admitting the whole experience was an “emotional overload” but “amazing,” Edwards said the experience with his daughters is a memory they “will have forever.”
He added: “I feel like having this opportunity on Britain’s Got Talent definitely gave me the confidence I had lost and that’s also why it was so emotional because before I lacked the acceptance I needed to move forward .
“Whatever happens, I got my confidence back.”
He said he’s been performing in church choirs since he was 6 and by 15 he started writing songs and performing in bands with friends and as a solo artist in local venues and pubs.
However, after becoming a father to his first son Jack around 11 years ago at the age of 25, he said he “lost touch with music” as his priorities had to change.
He told PA: “Twenty years ago I would have done anything to be in music. It’s everything I wanted to do growing up, it was literally the only thing that mattered.
“And then when I became a parent, your life changes and your focus changes. My children are so important to me.”
Edwards added that Britain’s Got Talent had been a big part of his life growing up as an aspiring musician and he often wondered what Cowell would say if he ever auditioned for it.
He hopes to showcase his songwriting skills in future stages of the talent show and says he has “a couple of albums’ worth of material” on hand.
Reflecting on the chance to showcase his talent on stage, he added, “It was a dream of mine as a kid, and it still is a dream, and that’s reignited a desire to do it. “
Britain’s Got Talent continues on Sunday 17 April at 7.35pm on ITV.
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