When British teen, Jamie Bell, auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent in 2016 he was nervous about having to sing in front of a live audience. He planned to audition as a solo act but what made him nervous is that he had broken his collarbone at a school sporting event and couldn’t hold his guitar.
When he reached out to his mother to accompany him, what happened next melted the hearts of the audience.
Jamie had auditioned on Britain’s Got Talent when he was only eight years old and plays the guitar and the piano. He became shy as he grew older and it was only at the age of 15 that he felt ready to give it another go.
A son’s plea
No mother can fail to respond to the plea of a son, even if his request means having to sing in front of some of the toughest critics in the world.
Fortunately, Melanie Bell had already been practicing with Jamie for a few weeks. Jamie planned to sing “Say Something” by Great Big World and Christina Aguilera. He pointed out the lyrics and asked his mother to memorize them so they could practice together.
The mother and son duet soon charmed the audience as they began harmonizing together, producing a rendition of the song that was raw and honest.
As a professional singer, Melanie’s voice might have been overwhelming but she proved herself as a good singer and a good mom. Her voice complemented Jamie’s, rather than overwhelming it, and their emotionally driven performance brought the audience to tears.
Even Simon Cowell, notoriously hard to please, enjoyed the performance saying he appreciated the way Melanie had let Jamie take the lead and allowed it to be his song and that the harmonies had actually made it stronger.
When the audience roared in the aftermath of the performance, the mother and son knew they had knocked it out of the ballpark.
Mel and Jamie went through to the semi-final round where they impressed the judges once again with their version of “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus. This was enough to send them through to the finals.
Love can build a bridge
For the finals, mother and son chose to sing a Cher song, “Love can build a bridge”, once again touching the audience. They may not have won, finishing up 12th in the finals, but they received many offers afterward.
They had thousands of messages on Facebook from people who wanted to see them perform live and encouraging them to make an album. A video of their time on the show went viral on YouTube, receiving over 52,000 likes and eight million views.
The only way you can feel the bond between this mother and son is to watch them yourself. You’ll see why everyone in the room needed a tissue while watching their performances and why everyone wants to hear more from them.