SuBoy: Susan Boyle Redux?
Unassuming teen opera singer wows 'Britain's Got Talent'
Let's see. Where have we seen this one before?
Here's how the story goes: Unassuming, shabby social misfit-type hits the "Britain's Got Talent" stage, the audience takes one look -- and witnesses judge Simon Cowell's skeptical reaction -- and figures that the apparent schlub is headed for disaster. And then the music cue strikes, the vocal cords start firing and all of a sudden we have some sort of singing savant on our hands.
If you were thinking Susan Boyle, you've got the right idea. However, this time around, it's Jonathan Antoine, a 17-year-old opera singer, making the headlines.
After suffering through some not entirely unfamiliar sneers of derision from Simon, who mumbled, "Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse," Antoine and partner Charlotte Jaconelli, 16, served up an unexpectedly powerful rendition of Andrea Bocelli's and Celine Dion's "The Prayer," which left the judges and audience with mouths agape.
The performance snagged thumbs up from all four judges and drew strong praise from Simon, who told Jonathan, "You're a future star."
The teenager is hoping the show will help him build confidence. "I had a nervous breakdown back in October. At that point I left the school I was at and rejoined the school I was at previously in the New Year," he said. "But then I couldn't handle at either, so I'm currently not at school but still enrolled. Me and school just don't get on. That's just the way it has always been. I've never felt right there. Ever since I was quite small I've had weight problems, and the bullying was related to that. People would be nasty about my weight and say nasty words."
The comparisons to Susan Boyle are coming fast for the young singer already dubbed "SuBoy." Watch this video and check it out for yourself.
What do you think? Do we have another global pop star on our hands?