10-year-old Souparnika Nair looked a tiny thing on the big stage at Britain’s Got Talent, but her larger than life voice melted the hearts of everyone in the room. First up she sang an adorable version of Judy Garland’s “The Trolley Song”, but the old-time showtunes vibe was not up Simon Cowell’s alley and he called a stop to the song. Her next song is where everyone got to see Souparnika really shine, as she delivered a heartfelt version of “Never Enough” from The Greatest Showman.
Souparnika’s delicate opening verse captured the hearts of the audience as she showcased a vocal skill way beyond her years. The young singer then really let her voice soar to the stars in the dramatic chorus, ending the song with a vocal tour de force that got the entire room on their feet. You can see the audition yourself in the video below.
Souparnika’s opening performance of 1944 hit “The Trolley Song” was super cute, but perhaps Cowell was right to move her to the next track as it didn’t have the emotional impact of “Never Enough”, which was a real showstopper. Cowell commented “I love you but I didn’t love the song.” Never one to miss a chance to roast judge David Walliams, Cowell added that “it’s the sort of song I imagine, if David ever released a single, honestly that’s what’d be and I couldn’t get that out of my head.”
Souparnika gave a good-natured giggle at that and moved on to “Never Enough” after a little encouragement from her family in the wings. The judges’ reception was very different for the second song, with Walliams commenting “that is a mountain of a song and you conquered it.” You can watch Souparnika sing Zendaya’s “Neverland” in an impressive performance later in the series in the clip below.
Souparnika’s audition had obviously captured Alesha Dixon’s heart, and the judge said “I cannot get my head around the fact that you’re 10 years old, standing up there like a little professional.”
Amanda Holden also had warm words for the youngster, saying “it’s quite an old fashioned voice that you’ve got, which I love. And you hit every single note – well done.”
Cowell kept the audience in suspense with his closing comment, saying “ah, Souparnika, I’ve got to be honest with you… you absolutely nailed it. You’re a gutsy little thing – you really, really are.” The judges then gave the young singer four resounding yes votes, and the audience wouldn’t have it any other way.
Souparnika, who lives in Suffolk town Bury St Edmunds, progressed to the semi-finals in series 14 of Britain’s Got Talent, where she was eliminated after her performance of “Neverland”. After the series she continued to develop her music career, and regularly posts her covers and performances on her YouTube channel. She has also appeared on other television programs such as ITV’s Christmas Spectacular and made several appearances on BBC Radio as well as working in musicals. If you would like to see more from Souparnika Nair, you can subscribe to her YouTube channel or follow her on Instagram.