Saturday, May 1, 2010

Britain's Got Talent: 14-year-old Olivia leaves judges speechless with 'spellbinding' performance
By Georgina Littlejohn

Spellbinding: Olivia Archibald leaves the judges in awe after her flawless performance of Sarah McLachlan's In The Arms Of The Angels

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Only three weeks into the show and she has been tipped as one of the favourites to win.

And after her performance on Britain's Got Talent tonight that wowed all three judges, 14-year-old Olivia Archibald has winner written all over her.

The teenager was a bundle of nerves as she stepped out onto the stage at the Manchester Opera House in front of Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden.

Speaking quietly into her microphone, she introduced herself and told the panel she was there to sing Sarah McLachlan's In The Arms Of The Angels, as Simon leaned into Amanda and whispered: 'This is a hard song to sing.'

But he needn't have been worried after Olivia launched into a flawless, note-perfect version of the song, which got judges and the audience on their feet to give her a standing ovation - and earned a 'wow' from Simon.

Earlier she had told the show: 'I walk downstairs singing, maybe sometimes daydream whilst in maths class. I wonder if in 5 years time I could be an actual star singing in front of millions of people.'

Lost in music: Putting her nerves aside, Olivia proved her worth as she put her heart and soul into her performance

Delighted: Olivia is thrilled at the judges' comments as she is voted through to the next round

And she got one step further to her dream after all three judges unanimously voted her through to the next round.

Simon told her: 'You sang that so well, you really made that song your own. I am so so impressed with you, Olivia, that I can't even tell you.'

Amanda added: 'Spellbinding. Such a lovely, professional and quality performance.'
And Piers added: 'I don't think you know just how good you are.'

Here come the girls: Dance troupe AKA got three yeses from the panel after their routine to Proud Mary

Olivia was one of the few successes on last night's show, which saw auditions held in Manchester and Newcastle.

Another act that impressed the judges was the first audition in Newcastle by all-girl dance troupe AKA - even though Simon had trouble with their accents.

As the 19 girls trotted on to the stage in their matching sequinned gold outfits, they introduced themselves as 'AKA' - which he misunderstood as 'EKE'.

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Language barrier aside, they launched into a routine to Tina Turner's Proud Mary, as their families watched backstage.

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