We left Jonathan Antoine off our initial review of Saturday night’s premiere of “Britain’s Got Talent,” and like with Simon Cowell’s initial assessment of the 17-year old teenager, this was in many ways a dire mistakes. Antoine is one of the few reality TV auditions we have seen in the past decade that gets better upon every listen, and we understand the reason why he has become an internet sensation in the past 24 hours.
So who is this youngster driving the most attention to the show ever since Susan Boyle’s audition in 2009? Unlike the “I Dreamed a Dream” superstar, Antoine does not have the same sort of extensive life experience behind him. He is a teenager who teamed up with his singing partner Charlotte at the suggestion of his teacher, who thought that the two’s voice complimented each other perfectly. (Ironically, the one piece of criticism Simon Cowell offered the two parties was that Charlotte could eventually hold Jonathan back.)
Jonathan grew up feeling insecure about his weight, as some of the trouble he went through as a child led to him losing confidence in his ability and caused him to become closed-off and shy. The real question now is how he is going to be able to adapt to becoming a global superstar in a matter of days. Will he handle the attention from the British tabloids without a problem? (If you remember, Boyle checked herself into a clinic following the conclusion of her “BGT” season, citing exhaustion.)
Despite the hope that Antoine and Boyle would be viewed individually rather than in comparison to each other, it’s ultimately inevitable that every act on this show (particularly singers) will be looked at through Boyle’s lens. The good news for Antoine? For the first time since that fateful day three years ago, he may be the first act out of Britain capable of living up to the hype.
If you haven’t seen this audition yet (and you really should), head on over to this link.