Connie Talbot Has Dream Career 14 Years On From Britain's Got Talent Appearance
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Many of you may remember Britain's Got Talent star Connie Talbot as the pint-sized singer who won the nation over with her moving rendition of 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow'.
Talbot, who was just six years old when she appeared on the first series of the entertainment contest, became an instant hit with Simon Cowell, who referred to her as 'pure magic' and promised to make her more than £1 million that year.
She ended up losing out on the top spot to Paul Potts, but was signed by Cowell's own label Sony BMG - only to be dropped after recording just two songs, with the label citing her young age as a factor.
A spokesperson said in a statement at the time: "The decision not to proceed was made with the best intentions for Connie, taking into consideration her age and that it would not be right to do so at this time."
Talbot - who is now 20 - eventually went on to sign with Rainbow Recording Company to release her debut album, Over the Rainbow, in 2007, and has since released another four albums, including a number of Christmas releases.
To this day, she still works as a singer, and has even joined Boyce Avenue on their European tour.
In 2019, she returned to the BGT franchise when she competed in Britain's Got Talent: The Champions, performing her original song 'Never Give Up On Us', which reached number eight on the UK iTunes chart.
"When I look back it is like it's a different person, I was so small and had no teeth," she said on the show, remembering her audition as a youngster.
"I still can't believe I made it to the final. It didn't upset me that I didn't win, I was happy to be there.
"It is a risk to put yourself back in front of the judges, but winning Britain's Got Talent: The Champions would be the perfect ending."
Simon then said: "Connie, you have teeth! I will remember that first audition for the rest of my life."
The following year, she also starred in America's Got Talent: The Champions, playing her original track 'I Would' on the piano.
Talbot now also has a strong following on social media, including Instagram and TikTok, and also boasts 1.88 million subscribers on YouTube.
"I love singing and writing my own songs (and covering other people's songs), and learning to play a different instrument," her YouTube page says.
In July, Talbot revealed she was working on a new EP - her 'first as an adult' - saying on YouTube: "This year has been tough for us all, so being able to be in the studio and be excited about releasing music is such a relief and I feel so lucky to do something I love and have you with me along the way."
In a message to her fans, she added: "Thank you for still being here, listening and honestly just being the most loyal friends, I don't know what I did to deserve you... I still have some work to do, and more songs to write, I'll keep you updated!
"Thank you for being on this journey with me, I hope I can make you proud."