Cambuslang family cheer on BGT singer

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A Cambuslang family was filled with pride when their nephew and cousin wowed judges on Britain’s Got Talent.

James Kerr, aged just 12, received a standing ovation from Amanda Holden, David Walliams, Simon Cowell and Alesha Dixon at the end of his performance at the London Palladium.

During his audition, which aired on ITV on Saturday night, he surprised the judges and audience with his version of Otis Redding’s Try a Little Tenderness, in a soulful voice that defies his age.

Julie Gibson is James’ aunt from Cambuslang and she beamed: “Myself and my daughter were there along with my mum dad and his sister.

“We were all in bits in the audience.

“We always knew that he was an outstanding singer for his age but watching the audience around us reacting was unbelievable.”

James has dreams of becoming as big as Freddie Mercury and took a step in the right direction at the audition as he succeeded in getting a yes from all four of the famous faces he was there to convince.

David said: “It was great! You were a great performer as well.”

Amanda added: “Your whole body was in that song, that really was an amazing performance.”

Simon even said: “You came out with this energy and optimism.

“You’re really good when you’re different and you stand out.”

Waiting in the wings with presenters Ant and Dec were James’s parents Robert and Kirsty, who call themselves “the oldest roadies in town” because they have to lug his keyboard around Scotland to gigs.

Presenter Ant said “he just becomes someone else when he sings”.

Kerr started his entertainment career
early.

He was just seven when he got the part of Oliver in an Apollo Players production at the Pavilion Theatre, and he did more musicals before learning the piano and realising he wanted to be a musician.

Having already played the Barrowlands and King Tut’s for charity shows, he also started busking on Buchanan Street a couple of years ago.





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