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Special education teacher gives BGT golden buzzer with ‘unique’ voice

A teacher who uses music to help pupils with special educational needs has secured Bruno Tonioli’s coveted golden buzzer on Britain’s Got Talent with her ‘unique’ voice.

Taryn Charles, 39, dazzled the judges with her rendition of Aretha Franklin’s classic song (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman during Saturday’s episode of the ITV entertainment show

The performance received a standing ovation from the audience and all four judges, with Tonioli describing her as a “very special person”.

After taking to the stage, Charles, from Egham in Surrey, said she wanted to audition because she likes to “make people laugh” and she thinks her voice is “fine”.

She also said that one of her students came to support her and that she uses music to help her students who have special educational needs.

When the crowd was on its feet for the second time after her powerful performance, they encouraged Tonioli to give her the golden buzzer.

As the gold confetti fell on a shocked Charles, she fell to her knees as her student, their mother and Tonioli took to the stage to congratulate her.

Tonioli said he was initially concerned about her song choice, comparing it to Carole King’s version, who co-wrote the song.

He added: “You made me forget her version. You have made it so your own, with so much feeling, and the color of your voice is unique and you are a very, very special person, my dear.

Fellow judge Simon Cowell said he could tell she was nervous and that someone might have told her in the past she wasn’t good enough, which she said was true.

He continued: “Boy, did you prove that person wrong and that’s what that golden buzzer is about, you’re a little star.”


Saturday’s episode also featured a joyful routine from dancing duo Abigail, seven, and Afronitaaa, 20, who blew the judges away with their energy and fast moves.

Before the performance, Afronitaa said she decided to mentor Abigail, who is deaf, after seeing her dance videos online.

They sailed through to the next round after receiving a standing ovation from the audience and judges for their performance, and Cowell said they were one of his “favorite auditions of the year”.

Amanda Holden called them “two of the most fantastic dancers we’ve ever had on Britain’s Got Talent”.

Elsewhere, Cowell got a shock when a huge choir took to the stage, dressed in white shirts, black wigs and dark sunglasses, to imitate him.

The group, called Simply Simon, performed a rendition of Tina Turner’s classic song The Best, which left the music mogul saying he felt “very overwhelmed” and “embarrassed”.

After taking the stage to meet the choir, Cowell outshone all the other judges and gave them four yeses.

The episode started with 29-year-old content creator Danny Platinum surprising the judges by starting his audition outside so he could interact with the audience for his Britain’s Got Talent themed freestyle rap.

His catchy chorus had Tonioli and Alesha Dixon singing along, while Holden and Cowell later joined them to give him a standing ovation and give him four yeses.

Dixon said he was “fire” and he told her it wasn’t pre-prepared as he joked he didn’t have the budget to bring in spectators, while Cowell praised him for doing something memorable.

A young song and dance group called DVRS amped up the energy with their powerful routine to a medley of Bruno Mars songs with coordinated movements and backflips.

Former Strictly Come Dancing judge Tonioli said he felt every member of the group, aged eight to 17, “could be a star” before securing four yes votes.


Student Duncan Murray, 22, from Canada, opted for a less traditional performance as he bounced around the stage on a pogo stick.

After performing a backflip, he upped the ante even further by jumping over the heads of hosts Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, earning him a spot in the next round.

Magician Arron Jones added a touch of rockstar flare to his routine as he played Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’ on his keytar while performing a magic trick.

While accurately guessing the correct card that Cowell had chosen, the judge said the routine “didn’t do anything for me”.

An acrobatic trio called Serbat Troupe had its heart pounding when one performer tried to climb a ladder while the other balanced on his head in a handstand.

One member of the group fell onto the stage in a particularly difficult move while trying to balance on one hand.

However, they were determined to try the move again and succeeded on the second attempt, receiving four yeses from the judges for their efforts.

The judges have already handed out four golden buzzers in this series, including two in the first episode, to singer Sydnie Christmas, 28, and a South Korean martial arts group.

An eight-year-old boy with a brain tumor and his choir also provided the coveted buzzer, and a Japanese dance troupe traveled to Britain’s Got Talent out of love for Simon Cowell.

Britain’s Got Talent continues on ITV.