The original singer of The Greatest Showman’s track Never Enough dazzled the Britain’s Got Talent jury and earned the coveted Golden Buzzer as the show launched its new series.
Oren Allred, 32, of Brooklyn, New York, revealed during her audition on the show that she was the voice behind the hit song from the 2018 musical film, which judge Simon Cowell admitted is a big fan.
After an impressive performance of the track, the audience and the jury were impressed, especially Amanda Holden, who presented her with the special buzzer that automatically granted her a place in the live semi-finals.
Allred explained ahead of her performance that she was hired by the 2018 film to do reference vocals for the actresses and lead actor Rebecca Ferguson, who plays Jenny Lind, insisted she lip sync so Allred’s vocals could be on the track would be.
When Cowell asked why she wasn’t given a break after releasing this song, Allred admitted that she used to “feel more comfortable singing behind the scenes.”
She added, “But I feel like the song was meant for me and I’m ready to put a face to the song. So I’m here to do that.”
As the audience and judges stood to give the singer a standing ovation after her performance, Holden hit the golden buzzer before taking to the stage to hug Allred.
Holden said: “I’m absolutely shaking. I can’t believe I had this incredible opportunity to give you your moment of glory because this is it.”
Colleague Alesha Dixon added that it felt like a “superstar” had arrived, while David Walliams noted that the audience was in her hands from the first note.
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Music mogul Cowell, who created the show, revealed he thought it was “one of the most incredible audition moments” he’s ever experienced.
He said: “This is so well deserved because someone else sees this song sing in this movie and doesn’t have the credit for doing one of the most incredible vocals of all time.
“And for you to reveal yourself to the world, it was actually one of the most incredible audition moments I’ve ever experienced.
“I’m speechless. I’m so happy. Timing in life is everything and maybe now is your moment. Congratulations.”
After the audition, a shocked Allred said: “I can’t believe that just happened. I was not expecting that.”
Before Allred entered Ferdinand Rennie, 62, who performed his own version of Never Enough.
However, the singer from Dunoon, Scotland, didn’t have the same reaction and received a split decision with two nos from Dixon and Cowell, who accused him of “murdering” his favorite song.
The first episode back also saw a man dressed as a robot named Titan singing Cry Me A River with added theatrics as water spurted from his mechanical eyes, causing Holden and Dixon to hide under her desk, but they still secured four yes.
Brothers and sisters Alex and Emily also impressed with their fast-changing illusion act called Matrick’s Illusion, which featured not only quick outfit changes, but multiple people as well.
Among the characters who had to change clothes was a Cowell look-a-like, dressed in the judge’s classic white shirt and jeans combo with the glamorous assistant’s bright red dress with tassels over it.
While an adorable group of four boys, aged six to ten, the Scooter Boys got hearts racing as they performed jumps and somersaults on their scooters down large ramps.
Disaster struck however when one of them fell midway through the routine but after making sure he wasn’t injured they returned to the stage to resume the performance and impressed the jury with their resilience and camaraderie.
Meanwhile, Holden was also cast in the role of The Phantom, who performed their illusionary tricks while remaining invisible and only heard through a voice-over.
The Phantom stunned the crowd after they correctly guessed the secret item Holden had chosen, which turned out to be real keys belonging to Walliams, which the unseen performer had previously stolen from his dressing room.
Nick Edwards, 35, also received a shock when his daughters, ages three and four, were brought on stage by their grandmother to talk him into auditioning.
After a moment to calm down, the singer returned to play Ernie Halter’s Daddy’s Little Girl, which touched hearts and left Holden and presenter Declan Donnelly in tears.
The ITV series returned on Saturday for the first time since it was canceled in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Britain’s Got Talent continues on Sunday at 7.35pm on ITV.
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