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Bruno Tonioli reduced to floods of tears over ‘gift from God’ child act

Claire Reid

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Britain’s Got Talent judge Bruno Tonioli became emotional during a performance by a 13-year-old - branding the teen a ‘gift from God’.

Malakai Bayoh sailed through to tomorrow’s final after performing a show-stopping rendition of aria ‘O mio babbino caro’ by Puccini and winning the public vote.

Despite being just 13, Malakai blew the judges - and audience - away, earning himself a standing ovation.

The schoolboy was given the Golden Buzzer by Simon Cowell during his first performance, with the impressed judge telling him: “One of the best voices I think I’ve ever heard.” Praise doesn’t come much higher than that, does it?

Bruno was in tears over the performance. Credit: ITV
Bruno was in tears over the performance. Credit: ITV

Fellow judge Amanda Holden said after his first audition: “That was a stunning performance. Totally flawless and very composed."

With the semi-finals underway, Malakai was back and this time, it was Tonioli’s turn to heap praise on the singer.

“You’re a gift from God. You sang one of my favourite arias from Puccini,” he said while wiping away tears.


“It is incredible to have a boy like you producing this divine sound.”

Cowell told the teen: "God has given you such an amazing talent. You're not just good, you're spectacular."

While Holden added: “Pitch perfect. It’s one of my favourite pieces of music.”

Viewers were equally as blown away by Malakai’s voice - posting on Twitter, one said: “Amazing Malakai. The angelic voice! Well done young man.”


Another wrote: “Wow! Amazing performance by @malakai_music! Can't wait to see what you've got in store for the final.”

Malakai Bayoh got a standing ovation from the judges. Credit: ITV
Malakai Bayoh got a standing ovation from the judges. Credit: ITV

Someone else commented: “Malakai: #BGT I'm feeling so emotional hearing Malakai sing again. That is one of my favourite opera songs. really does have so much purity and power in his voice. He sings like an angel so crisp and beautiful. Well done Malakai you're a gifted talent.”

While a fourth wrote: "Take a bow son, absolutely outstanding. What a great talent Malakai is #bgt."


An equally as impressed viewer wrote: "Goose bumps all the way through! Insane it was really amazing never heard a voice like this I'm not a opera fan personally but wow amazing! You got my 5 votes."

Speaking after it was revealed he’d be in the final - set to take place tomorrow (Sunday 4 June) - Malakai said: “I’m so buzzed. It makes me feel very happy.”

The final will see Malakai and his fellow finalists battle it out for a £250k cash prize and a place at the Royal Variety Performance later this year.

Topics: Britains Got Talent, TV and Film

Claire Reid
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