They are two quiet young people with extraordinary talent. Fortunately, their singing teacher thought they would sound good together. They did, good enough they decided to audition for Britain’s Got Talent. When they walked onstage to compete in the sixth series, the judges exchanged “the look” that meant expectations were not high. Audience members showed similar skepticism.
Then 17-year-old Jonathan Antoine and 16-year-old Charlotte Jaconelli from Essex began to sing. They filled the room with glorious music. They also turned judge and audience skepticism into surprise and delight, earning an enthusiastic standing ovation.
After that first performance, Simon Cowell suggested Jonathan dump Charlotte and compete on his own. He refused, and in the semi-finals Cowell congratulated him on a wise decision.
What gives me hope about these two young people is not just their angelic voices. It is also the strength of their friendship. Jonathan could have accepted Simon Cowell’s advice. Instead, he said, “Well, we’ve come on here as a duo. We’re gonna stay here as a duo.”
In a documentary about the rise of these two young stars, Cowell says:
I was really impressed with him and the fact that he stood up to me. His absolute first instinct was, “No, I’m not going to dump her. I’d be prepared to walk away.” I saw that in his eyes, and I really respected him for that.
With a first instinct like that, a solid friendship, and two soaring voices, this pair are inspiring a lot of people. They give me hope.