Military children's choir impresses Simon Cowell

Britain's Got Talent success for singing youngsters.

A choir made up of children from military families has wowed the judges of the country's biggest talent competition. 

Voices of Armed Forces Children Choir took to the stage in front of four very important onlookers and millions of TV viewers on Saturday night during ITV's Britain's Got Talent.

Showering the kids with praise, head judge Simon Cowell led Aleshia Dixon, Amanda Holden and funny-man and author David Walliams in bestowing four yeses on the choir.

Simon Cowell led fellow judges Aleshia Dixon, Amanda Holden and David Walliams in praising the children for their efforts (Picture: ITV).

The choir performed a special song called Welcome Home, written by two of the Forces children. It details the feelings of joy they experience when their military parents return home after long and sometimes dangerous deployments. 

Co-writer Emily Rawlins' father is a member of the Royal Navy.

Speaking to Forces News, the schoolgirl, 11, from Plymouth, said: "It's about families who have someone going away, and then the feeling of them coming back and how happy you are."

Walliams branded their appearance "the perfect audition". At the same time, Holden described how emotional she felt when images of the children with their uninformed mothers and fathers appeared on a large screen behind the singers. 

Amanda Holden said afterwards she became emotional when pictures of the children alongside their families appeared on a large screen on the stage (Picture: ITV).

The Voices of Armed Forces Children Choir comprises 49 members from across England and Scotland, with their families spanning all the Armed Forces. 

Some of those military family members watched on in the crowd as the children sang, as did two red-coated Chelsea Pensioners. 

The retired veterans were singled out by Cowell and given long applause by the audience. 

Two members of the Royal Hospital Chelsea looked on as the military children sang Welcome Home (Picture: ITV).

The choir will now aim to make the live semi-finals, which is due to hit our screens later this month.


Cover image: ITV.