Talented little boy’s ‘magic’ vocals make Simon Cowell choke up

Living out one of his many dreams, an eight-year-old boy with a brain tumor took the stage of Britain’s Got Talent and sang ‘A Million Dreams‘ from the film The Greatest Showman, originally performed by Hugh Jackman.

Prior to his performance, that moved the judges and audience to tears, the lifelong fan of the show said, “I’m here to show no matter what life throws at you, you can still achieve your dreams.”

Backed by a choir that includes family and “other amazing children from the brain tumor community,” little Ravi Adelekan melted the hardest of hearts, namely the savage judge Simon Cowell, who was choked up after the emotional performance. Keep reading to learn more about the golden buzzer moment that left the house in tears!

Several hopeful contestants of Britain’s Got Talent (BGT) have heard from Simon Cowell they are the worst singers ever, who “sound like three cats being dragged up the motorway.”

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The music boss, known as a sniper of brutal honesty, holds back no punches when destroying the dreams of tone-deaf contestants.

At the same time, when someone gets it right, the 64-year-old father showers them with praise.

That’s what happened on April 21.

Ravi’s Dream Team

Fans watched an eight-year-old boy with an infectious smile walk onto the BGT stage with “Ravi’s Dream Team,” a large choir of people, ranging in age from five to 78.

Explaining that he was diagnosed with a brain tumor two years ago, the well-spoken Ravi Adelekan shared that he’s stable “but still living with the day-to-day effects.”

“So, you’ve had a really tough time, haven’t you?” Cowell asks.

“Yeah,” Ravi replied, next introducing his choir, which includes teachers, medical professionals, his mom Bethan, dad, five-year-old sister Maya, and “other amazing children from the brain tumor community.”

Before the group performed the song ‘A Million Dreams‘ from the hit film The Greatest Showman, Ravi explained his reason for being on the show.

“I’ve watched BGT all my life and always wanted to audition for it,” Ravi explains to the judges. “Two years ago I was diagnosed with a brain tumour and I’m here to show no matter what life throws you can still achieve your dreams.”

Not a dry eye in the house

After his mom kissed him on the cheek, the team started singing and the tears started falling.

But tears weren’t the only thing falling in the studio that day.

At the end of the song, Cowell was grinning ear-to-ear and judge Alesha Dixon, tears streaming down her cheeks, showered Ravi and his dream team with confetti after hitting the golden buzzer.

At first, Ravi explains he hadn’t realized what happened.

“I didn’t see Alesha pressing her golden buzzer because we were bowing!” He continued, “There was all this confetti, but it took all of our brains a long time to draw the connection to the buzzer.”

Once the group understood they were heading off to the semifinals, Ravi held his sister, the pair jumping for joy.  

Choking back his emotions and trying to keep his cool, Cowell told Ravi and the team, “I think you are very talented, very brave, [a] very special person. I’m so happy you’ve had this moment because you deserve it, all of you by the way. That’s what I call magic.”

“The golden buzzer is such a personal thing and I always say I can only press it when it feels right and you’re such a remarkable young man,” a tearful Dixon said.

Seconds later, Cowell embraced Dixon, who was leaving the panel to head to the stage for a hug with the young performer.

“Good for you,” he can be heard saying about her decision to hit the buzzer.

Later, speaking with The Sun, Ravi said, “I’ve met famous people before, but in the moment it felt different to that – like they believed in what we were trying to do.”

Ravi, the face of Ravi’s Dream – a charity organization that helps children with brain tumors “get the help they need”– shares his plans for the prize money, if they win: “If we won it would help us reach our fundraising goal, but also winning would just bring so much more awareness of brain tumours.”

Let us know what you think of this brave little boy and then please share the story so we can hear what others have to say!


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