Bristol youngster Ellis Chick had his dream of winning Britain’s Got Talent crushed when he was voted off the television contest last night.
The 12-year-old, from the Brislington area of Bristol failed to win enough votes from the public to progress to the final of the ITV1 competition earlier last night - despite putting in a performance which drew strong praise from the celebrity judges.
In the live semi final in London, the precocious singing talent’s powerful performance of Michael Buble’s version of Cry Me a River was not enough to earn him a place in the top two of the nine varied acts.
Ellis was eliminated along with seven other acts as singer Lucy Kay and French dancers Yanis Marshall, Arnaud and Medhi progressed to join four other acts who have already booked their place in the grand final.
Dressed in a sparkly black suit and bow tie, Ellis belted out Buble’s big-band jazz version of the song penned by American songwriter Arthur Hamilton in the 1950s.
The audience gave him a standing ovation following the performance, which also drew positive feedback from the judges.
Comedian David Walliams, who after Ellis’ first live television appearance on Sunday jokingly described the schoolboy as a miniature version of him, said: “You did brilliantly tonight and are a great entertainer. You will be a huge star, whatever you go on to do.”
Simon Cowell described the 12-year-old as a ‘a born entertainer’, saying: “You came from the auditions to the semi-finals with a better song and it was a great performance.”
Amanda Holden praised Ellis for his ‘big entrance’ to the stage, adding: “I loved it. You looked amazing with all those sparkles on.”
The only judge critical of the performance was Alesha Dixon, who said Ellis could improve his ‘mic control’ and should to try to bring ‘light and shade’ to his performance rather than starting and ending at full pelt. But she added: “You’re on your way to becoming a big star.”
Before his performance, Ellis praised his nan Diane Gray for setting him on the road to stardom by buying him a karaoke machine.
He said: “I was on it every day and it drove her a bit mad!”
Of meeting Walliams on stage during his previous appearance, he said: “Being on stage with David Walliams was amazing - I absolutely love him.”