Portsmouth star Isaac Waddington has finished fifth in tonight’s Britain’s Got Talent final, despite a stunning performance.
The 15-year-old delivered his version of Billy Joel’s She’s Always a Woman, and his fantastic vocals and talent on the piano earned him a shining review from the judges on the ITV show.
Once the cheers and applause died down, Simon Cowell told the Portsmouth Grammar School pupil: ‘Oh my God, that was fantastic. You gave a great performance.
‘What I love about it was you were in complete control of the song. You knew when to stop it and when to pick it up again.
‘You have improved so much since we first met you.
‘I thought I knew who was going to win this show - I might have changed my mind now.
‘You have got this incredible ability to draw us all in.’
Simon even went as far as telling Isaac exactly how far he thinks the teenager could go in the music business.
‘I think you could have a big career as a recording artist,’ he added. ‘I think you have a big future.’
Alesha Dixon was also blown away by Isaac, and even compared him to singer-songwriter James Morrison.
She said: ‘I really hope people pick up the phone for you, Isaac.
‘You are a star.’
Finally, Amanda Holden told the young star from Portchester he had delivered ‘an incredible performance.’
Isaac impressed the judges and public with his previous performances, including a piano-accompanied version of Bonnie Raitt’s I Can’t Make You Love Me in the semi-final, and was rated highly by the bookies going into the final.
After performing She’s Always a Woman, Isaac gave a very honest account of his appearance on the big stage.
‘I was bricking it,’ he said. ‘It really was great, I was buzzing for it.
‘I have been really excited for it all day.’
Isaac has been staying in a hotel in London over the weekend to prepare for the final.
His dad Scott, mum Imogen, sister Martha, nine, and brother Jack, 12, were all in the audience to cheer him on.
Isaac started singing at a young age and his talent was discovered at his dad’s boatyard at WicorMarine Yacht Haven.
A customer heard him singing under his boat and told his father.
After successfully auditioning for Prebendal choir school in Chichester, Isaac has never looked back.
He was head chorister for services at Chichester Cathedral and was named BBC Radio 2’s young chorister of the year in 2012.
His talent has been honed through years of practice – sometimes up to 30 hours a week.