The sixteenth season of Britain’s Got Talent began last month, and there are already some strong contenders for the trophy. One of these is Welsh-born singer Travis George. He killed his audition when he performed Stars from Les Miserables and received a standing ovation from the judges and audience.
Appearing on that famous stage would be terrifying for anyone, but Travis had an extra challenge to contend with. Travis was diagnosed with autism as a child, and it added to his anxiety. When he walked out to face the judges, he was visibly shaking.
Later he explained, “You have your own process when you’re on the autistic spectrum. Mine to get through performances when the anxiety hits you is to create a character in my head.”
Clearly, the character he created was a tremendously accomplished and confident singer. The cheering and applause were deafening when he reached the end of the song. The judges had nothing but the highest praise for his performance, all putting him through to the next round.
Bruno Tonioli and Amanda Holden suggested that he could perform as a professional tomorrow. Amanda said, “I’ve seen Les Mis countless times and you knocked it out of the park…flawless!” Bruno agreed stating, “You could walk into a West End show or a Broadway show tomorrow”
These sentiments ended up being echoed in a controversy after the show. Some fans pointed out that they had seen Travis appear in a recent episode of the long-running BBC medical drama Casualty.
Travis took it in his stride, joking that he’d only been in the spotlight for two minutes and he was already embroiled in a controversy. Both he and his mum confirmed that he has never been trained as either a singer or an actor.
Most fans don’t consider an appearance on Casualty to be a professional career and are behind Travis 100%. Many of them are furious that his amazing performance didn’t earn him the coveted Golden Buzzer. It does seem strange, especially as Amanda and Bruno said he performed at a professional level and Simon told him it was “4000 yeses” to him going through.
It may not seem fair, but the silver lining is that viewers get to see more of him in the coming rounds. He seems to have a lot of support so it seems certain that he’ll do well and receive a lot of view votes as he moves forward. His audition has been viewed 695,000 times in just nine days, as well as the 6.5 million people who watched the show live. Unusually, people who have met Travis have left comments stating what a lovely person he is and how much he deserves his success. Let’s all stay tuned and see what this talented singer shows us in the future rounds, it’s sure to be epic.