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Jonathan Antoine, a 17-year-old, astounded the judges of Britain's Got Talent during his audition.
At 17, could he be the next Luciano Pavarotti?
Dressed in a large t-shirt and baggy pants, Antoine was an unexpected talent for the judges. The act, titled "Charlotte and Jonathan," was composed of Antoine, an opera singer, and his friend Charlotte Jaconelli who sings pop music. Jaconelli has trained at the Arts Educational School in West London.
"Our singing teacher thought it would be good to try us out together," said Jaconelli during the audition. "And we both sounded quite good when we sang what we did."
Early on, the show highlights the difficulties Antoine has had with self image and his weight.
"I've always had problems with my size since I could remember. And when I was in primary school, it was back then' it kind of damaged my confidence quite a bit. When people would say something to me, it would take a little piece out of me in a sense."
Lucky for Antoine, he has Jaconelli, who is defensive of her partner's skills and has helped him improve in confidence and stage performance.
"Before you make a judgment on someone, you need to really get to know them," remarked Jaconelli. "It's clich?, but you can't judge a book by its cover'you've got to read what's inside."
With powerful vocals and passion to match, they shocked the judges with their moving performance of Andrea Bocelli's The Prayer. Upon hearing the rendition of the song, the crowd immediately got up on their feet to applaud the singers. Antoine was notably shaky in the performance, but made it through with a wide grin on his face and Jaconelli by his side.
"A pop voice and an opera voice together, it was incredible," praised judge David Walliams.
Even Simon Cowell cracked a smile during the performance.
"You are unbelievable. You have an outstandingly good voice," complimented Cowell. "Jonathan, you are a future star."
Antoine proved to be a loyal companion, choosing to stick by his singing partner even when Cowell recommended that he move on the competition as a solo performer.
"Well, we've come on her as a duo and we're going to stay here as a duo," stated Antoine.
The judging panel unanimously sent the duo to the next round. Stay tune to find out how Antoine and Jaconelli fare in their second performance on Britain's Got Talent. Until then, get updates on the two on Facebook and Twitter.
Connie k. Ho, Contributing Writer: Connie K. Ho is a writer who contributes to AOL Patch, Haute Living, HellaWella, Language Magazine, and Mochi Magazine. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a double major in English and International Studies as well as a minor in Spanish. She has interned in Washington D.C., studied abroad in Spain, taught English in Taiwan, and volunteered as a translator at a free legal clinic in Panama. On her free time, she likes to hone her skills in Spanish and Chinese, blog about... (more...)