Amanda Holden breaks down in tears after ‘perfect audition’ from BGT Armed Forces Children’s Choir


Amanda Holden, 51, was left in tears during Saturday night’s episode of Britain’s Got Talent, after an emotional performance from the Voices of Armed Forces Children’s Choir.

The choir was made up of the children of people who have or are currently serving in the armed forces, with the act paying an heartfelt tribute to their families.

The act had an emotive impact on the four judges, with Amanda saying she was ‘a mess’ as she wiped away tears from her cheeks.

Teary: Amanda Holden breaks down in tears after ‘perfect audition’ from Armed Forces Children’s Choir on Britain’s Got Talent on Saturday evening

The choir, which consists of members aged six to 18, performed a song that they had written during lockdown.

The song, titled Welcome Home, aimed to bring families together whose parents were out on deployment. 

Before their act, a video showed Simon Cowell going to the choir’s church and inviting them to perform on the talent show, leaving the children shocked.

Alongside the performance, the choir displayed a collection of pictures featuring members of the armed forces returning home to their families.

Armed forces: The choir was made up of the children of people who have or are currently serving in the armed forces, with the act paying an heartfelt tribute to their families

Armed forces: The choir was made up of the children of people who have or are currently serving in the armed forces, with the act paying an heartfelt tribute to their families

Original song: The choir, which consists of members aged six to 18, performed a song that they had written during lockdown

Original song: The choir, which consists of members aged six to 18, performed a song that they had written during lockdown

Positive: The act received a standing ovation from the four judges, who were blown away

Positive: The act received a standing ovation from the four judges, who were blown away

And it seemed to tug the heartstrings of both the judges and the audience, as the choir received a standing ovation from both – without a dry eye in the house.

Wiping away her tears, Amanda gushed over the performance and showed her admiration for the children, saying: ‘I’m a mess, when the pictures came up of you with your mums and your dads, that’s when I just fell apart.

‘I just think how strong you all are to have to do without them when they’re doing something so extraordinary for us.

‘That’s incredibly unselfish of you to lend them to us for our own safety – so thank you,’ she continued.

Tear jerker: Amanda gushed over the performance and showed her admiration for the children, saying: 'I¿m a mess, when the pictures came up of you with your mums and your dads, that's when I just fell apart

Tear jerker: Amanda gushed over the performance and showed her admiration for the children, saying: ‘I’m a mess, when the pictures came up of you with your mums and your dads, that’s when I just fell apart

Grateful: 'I just think how strong you all are to have to do without them when they¿re doing something so extraordinary for us,' she continued

Grateful: ‘I just think how strong you all are to have to do without them when they’re doing something so extraordinary for us,’ she continued

It wasn’t just Amanda who was impressed, as David Walliams dubbed the performance a ‘perfect audition’ and quipped: ‘It made me want to join the army, I would love for someone to miss me this much.’

While Simon described the audition as ‘something i’ll never forget’, before going on to give the act their fourth yes.

The choir were overwhelmed with the performance, as they all broke down in tears after the performance.

It seemed to be a hit all round, with viewers taking to social media to share their own emotional reactions, as one wrote: ‘I’m a blubbering wreck’.

Centre stage: The choir seemed overwhelmed with the performance, as they received such a massive reaction from the crowd and judges

Centre stage: The choir seemed overwhelmed with the performance, as they received such a massive reaction from the crowd and judges 

Sweet: The children all broke down in tears after the performance

Sweet: The children all broke down in tears after the performance

Crowd: There wasn't a dry eye in the house as the crowd had their tissues out too

Crowd: There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as the crowd had their tissues out too 

Presenters: Ant and Dec watched admiringly at the choir as they performed

Presenters: Ant and Dec watched admiringly at the choir as they performed

While another described it as ‘so touching’, as some insisted they should’ve received the golden buzzer. 

The Voices of Armed Forces Children’s Choir weren’t the only act who had Amanda in tears during the evening, as contemporary dance group 5 Star Boys put on a poignant display.

The group of children opened up about being bullied, before telling a beautiful story through their dance performance.

Pleased: The act seemed to be a hit all round, with viewers taking to social media to share their own emotional reactions, as one wrote: 'I'm a blubbering wreck'

Pleased: The act seemed to be a hit all round, with viewers taking to social media to share their own emotional reactions, as one wrote: ‘I’m a blubbering wreck’

They went down a hit with the judges too, as Amanda said they had ‘reduced me to tears’, while Simon described it as ‘the best audition we have seen all day’.

But it wasn’t just heartwarming acts that took the stage on Saturday evening, as the judges were left on the edge of their seats during a gripping performance from acrobatic group The Freaks.

The group took their act to new heights with a range of daring stunts, including using some members as human skipping ropes.

Impressed: Simon smiled throughout the impressive performance, before standing up to clap at the end

Impressed: Simon smiled throughout the impressive performance, before standing up to clap at the end

Dance act: The Voices of Armed Forces Children's Choir weren't the only act who had Amanda in tears during the evening, as contemporary dance group 5 Star Boys put on a poignant display

Dance act: The Voices of Armed Forces Children’s Choir weren’t the only act who had Amanda in tears during the evening, as contemporary dance group 5 Star Boys put on a poignant display

While another girl was catapulted into the air before being dropped down again, leaving Amanda and Alesha Dixon shaking in their seats.

The group had the two women covering their eyes in fear as they whispered: ‘Imagine that was your daughter’.

But after successfully pulling it out of the bag, they received a standing ovation as David named it ‘one of the most extraordinary things we’ve seen on Britain’s got talent’. 

Heart racing: Later, the judges were left on the edge of their seats during a gripping performance from acrobatic group The Freaks

Heart racing: Later, the judges were left on the edge of their seats during a gripping performance from acrobatic group The Freaks

Oh no! One trick- in which they made a human ladder and made to throw one girl to the top of it - was a step too far for the judges, with the routine leaving them shaking with fear

Oh no! One trick- in which they made a human ladder and made to throw one girl to the top of it – was a step too far for the judges, with the routine leaving them shaking with fear

Terrifying: While others were used as human skipping ropes, leaving Amanda in shock

Terrifying: While others were used as human skipping ropes, leaving Amanda in shock

Afterwards, a spooky act took things to new heights as they smashed a cockroach-filled apple into Amanda’s hand – leaving her and Alesha shrieking and running away from the panel.

The Witch act had made each judge choose an apple and bite into it, before cracking open the final apple on Amanda and unleashing the insects across the panel. 

Scary: Afterwards, a spooky act took things to new heights as they smashed a cockroach-filled apple into Amanda's hand

Scary: Afterwards, a spooky act took things to new heights as they smashed a cockroach-filled apple into Amanda’s hand

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