#480 With a little help from a friend

Charlotte Jaconelli and Jonathan Antoine during photo shoot for Together

Charlotte Jaconelli and Jonathan Antoine during photo shoot for their first album, from video below

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.

The duo came in second in the competition but walked away with a £1million contract on Simon Cowell’s record label, Syco. Their first release has the appropriate title, Together.

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.

Jonathan and Charlotte are both on Twitter. You can follow their career on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Britain’s Got Talent is also on Twitter.

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2 comments for “#480 With a little help from a friend

  1. November 20, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Love these kids! these young people show how friendship really works!!

    • November 20, 2012 at 8:29 pm

      The moment when Jonathan refused to abandon Charlotte will stay with me for a long time.

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