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28 May 2019, 10:32 | Updated: 28 May 2019, 10:36
Faith Tucker impressed Britain's Got Talent judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, David Walliams and Alesha Dixon on Saturday night, with an operatic performance of ‘Granada’.
The 18-year-old sixth form student is already one of the favourites among this year’s BGT contestants, thanks to her amazingly mature voice.
In her first audition, the singer performed ‘Granada’, a 1932 song by Mexican composer Agustín Lara, which has been famously performed by the likes of José Carreras, Luciano Pavarotti and Frank Sinatra.
She easily went through to the second round of the ITV talent show, winning four yeses.
Faith is an 18-year-old sixth form student from Nottingham.
She has said that she began singing opera from a very young age, and used to sing along to her grandmother’s Maria Callas recordings in the car.
She told the Mirror: “My parents always knew I had a high voice – my dad used to say I would screech notes in his ear.”
Faith has also said that she sees herself as a classical/pop crossover artist: “I’d love to be a ‘popera Beyonce’. I love her and she is who I listen to and aspire to be like. I’d love to perform for her.”
Gregg asked her to perform after being moved when he heard her sing at a charity gig, aged just 16.
Faith said: “I sing for a charity called Rainbows Children’s Hospice and he introduced himself and said he’d been in the audience. I’m not a massive MasterChef fan but obviously still knew who he was.
“He asked me to sing at his wedding. I was overwhelmed but assumed he’d forget about it – but he didn’t. He asked me to sing ‘I Will Always Love You’ and three other songs he thought Anne-Marie would enjoy.”