Teen Told He Can't Sing, Performs 'Hallelujah' On TV Anyway
Joshua Patton 10/31/2017
When you have a dream you want to achieve, overcoming adversity is part of the path you have to walk. Teenager Kyle Tomlinson knows this firsthand and learned that with persistence, those obstacles can be overcome.
When he was 12 years old, Kyle auditioned for the reality show Britain's Got Talent as a singer. He bombed, earning four no votes from the judges. David Williams was particularly harsh, glibly telling the young man he needed singing lessons.
This might be enough to scare off anyone from performing again, but Kyle took the audition stage again three years later.
"I'm a big lad so I've always been bullied in school. People picked on me for singing and said I was rubbish. They [made fun] of me and took advantage. I once got smashed across the face with a metal scooter. But, you know, that's life - sometimes you have to literally take it on chin."
Kyle took his own advice and went back on the stage to deliver his version of the classic Leonard Cohen song "Hallelujah".
The first time Kyle stood on that stage, the judges' harsh critiques prompted a round of jeers. When he finished his performance this time, however, Kyle wasn't greeted with "boos" but uproarious applause.
He broke down in tears as the audience leapt to their feet applauding. However, it wasn't just the crowd who gave him a standing ovation. The judges stood for him as well, including David Williams.
This buzzer can be pressed by each judge a single time during the audition phase of the program. What this does is send the performer straight to the show's semi-finals, a huge honor for anyone but especially meaningful to Kyle.
Kyle's mother and father rushed the stage amid a shower of sparkling gold confetti, hugging the weeping teenager. His dad even planted a little kiss on his son's forehead. David also took to the stage, hugging Kyle and all but apologizing for how he treated the young singer earlier.
You can watch the entire drama play out in the video below: