Friday 9 October 2020 7:06 AM UTC
By A Staff Reporter
LONDON Oct 9: After ten months in the making and now it’s time for one act to triumph as the Britain’s Got Talent 2020 Champion. The Britain’s Got Talent 2020 final will air this Saturday, October 10 from 7.30pm on ITV.
Performing will be the five finalists chosen by the judges after each semi-final as well as the five acts put through by the public vote across the series. Ant and Dec will host with Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon, David Walliams and Ashley Banjo – sitting in for Simon Cowell – back at the judges’ desk.
The currently confirmed five finalists are variety act Steve Royle; dancing duo, Aaron and Jasmine; magician, Magical Bones; comedy singer and performer, Jon Courtenay; and stand-up comedian, Nabil Abdulrashid. The remaining finalists, as chosen by the public from the five semi-finals, will be revealed on Saturday.
Indian origin girl Souparnika Nair, who vowed the judges in the initial round, is also among acts that have made through to the semi finals and awaiting an outcome from the five acts put through by the public vote across the series.
All ten acts will pre-record their final performances the night before the show for safety reasons. While the performances will be pre-recorded, the results will still be live as viewers at home take full control in deciding which of the ten finalists will take home the prize at the end of the night.
The winner will receive £250,000 plus a coveted spot on the bill of the Royal Variety Performance.
Alongside the performances from the finalists, there will be an epic guest performance from the casts of West End shows Les Misérables – The Staged Concert, The Phantom of the Opera and Mary Poppins.
After seven months of total shutdown, 60 performers have come together to conjure up the dazzling lights of the West End including. Tune in to the final of Britain’s Got Talent on Saturday at 7.30pm on ITV.
In the first round of the competition, Simon Cowell asked Souparnika Nair to sing The Greatest Showman song. Souparnika from Bury St Edmonds then proceeded to sing Never Enough by Loren Allred, from The Greatest Showman. The mind-boggling performance made the judges shower praises so much that just with this show a new era has dawned for Souparnika who is a budding talent from the Keralite community in the UK.
In response to the song judge David Walliams told her: “That is a mountain of a song, and you conquered it”. Meanwhile, the other judge Alesha Dixon quipped that she couldnt get her head around the fact that she is only 10 years old who is standing up there like a little professional.
International musician AR Rahman had tweeted after listening to Souparnika. In his Tweet he said: “Nice to wake up to this”. Noted Indian actor Mohanlal and legendary singer KS Chithra showered praise on Souparnika for such an achievement at a very young age.
Sourparnika, or as she likes to be called Sou, has been a normal girl who liked to hum songs and rhymes from early age. Soon her parents noticed that she has got the natural interest in music when they found that she was able to sing full length compositions with rhyme and rhythm. It was her primary school teacher at the Reception class in Stockton-on-Tees who spotted her singing interest and was asked if she could sing for the school talent competition which led to her starting music lessons from Dr Robin Harrison from a small town called Yarm in North Yorkshire.
Sou’s father Dr Binu Nair, had to move jobs, and the family therefore moved to Bury St Edmunds and there was a pause in her singing lessons. However, the parents Binu and mother Renjitha Chandran kept her motivated and gave her the opportunity to listen to different genres of music and never forced anything on her to follow. She was let to blossom on her own with her being exposed to all kinds of music. The parents soon realised that Sou needed a guide and they secured her another teacher at Bury St Edmunds.
Serious learning and hard work soon paved way with new avenues opening up for Sou when she was surprised by Michael McIntyre, an English comedian, writer, and television presenter, who arrived in her hometown Bury with a crew from BBC and revealed to her that she will be the youngest ever ‘Unexpected Star’ of Michael McIntyre’s Big Show.
Sou is grounded and matured for a 10 year old as her replies gives you a hint of being a professional. Just like her exceptional singing talent she is reported by her teachers as an all-rounder, who also excels at ballet, musical theatre and academic studies.
Appearing on Michael McIntyre show and performing at the London Palladium at such an early age is something every artiste would dream off. Sou was lucky and very excited when she realised that world famous singers Ellie Goulding and Andrea Bocelli were also performing on the same day for the Michael McIntyre show at the Palladium, which was very inspiring for her. She summed it up at the end of the conclusion of her performance: “Its a dream come true”.
Sou received enormous numbers of positive responses after the show, which was aired on national TV and receive numerous comments and congratulatory messages from different parts of the country especially from musicians. It was heartening and overwhelming for Sou and her parents.
Within a short span of time Sou has also been able to perform Live on BBC Radio Suffolk, at the Art Eat Festival in Ipswich, at the Bury Christmas Fayre, which is one of the biggest Christmas Fayre in the UK where she has been doing concert on the opening day of the Fayre for the last two years, at the Colchester Rotary Music festival, at the noted musical competition in East Anglia where Sou performed and bagged the ‘Singer of the Year 2019’ title.
Due to Covid, Sou listens and learns lots of music of various genres and also sings on her social media platforms on her Facebook page and YouTube channel, which has over 40,000 subscribers and her videos have attracted more than 5 million views. Her other main passion is reading and she has her library at home and she is known for her reading interest at school as equally as her singing.
Sou attends the Sebert Wood Primary School in Bury St Edmunds where she has a very supportive Head Teacher Mr Dewhurst who didn’t miss Sou’s performance at the Michael McIntyre show at the Palladium.
Sou’s parents Binu Nair and Renjitha Chandran are from Kollam district in Kerala and currently reside at Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk. Binu works as a doctor at the Oncology department at Cambridge University Hospital. Binu and Renjitha comes from a background of talented artistes where Binu has given several concerts back home and Renjitha is an accomplished dancer.
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