Jamie Lee Harrison talks "nice guy" Simon Cowell & performing for the Queen!
Jamie Lee Harrison has revealed it would be a total honour to perform for the Queen at the Royal Variety Performance, promising to push his vocals to the limits if he gets through to the next round.
On Saturday’s show (13th May), the singer from Newcastle blew our Judges away with his soulful rendition of the R.E.M. track Everybody Hurts, leaving Simon to state that Jamie was his favourite act in Blackpool.
Following his Audition, we quizzed Jamie about the reaction, to which he stated that he was “so surprised” to get a standing ovation: “When I’m singing, I sometimes get a bit lost in the song and for just a few short seconds, I kind of forgot I was on Britain’s Got Talent.
“At the end of the song, I opened my eyes and realised what was going on and a wave of emotion came over me. It was a lot to take in. I was excited, nervous and happy. I don’t even know what my face was doing. I was just shocked by the reaction.”
He continued: “You’ve got these four people in front of you who have got your future in their hands and that was the scary thing for me. I could hear the buzzers before I went on and it is so loud. If that was to happen to me, I would literally crumble, there would be no way I could continue with the song. It was really scary and such a different situation for me to be in.”
One person who Jamie was most scared to perform in front of was Simon, with Jamie explaining: “He’s always the guy to impress when it comes to music and sometimes he comes across as scary but he was honestly the most genuine and nicest guy.
“I tried not to look at him to be honest, there was like one second where I think I opened one of my eyes and I looked at him and he was smiling and I was like, ‘Thank God for that’. I got to shake his hand afterwards and he’s such a nice guy and I don’t know why I was so scared of him because he was just so lovely."
When it comes to his next performance, Jamie is hoping to “take it up to the next level”, confessing: “I feel that maybe I didn’t show my whole vocal range off in the first Audition, so I’d just love to show people my vocal range and pick another song that is close to my heart, that people can relate to and hopefully get the public on board."
And, if Jamie does manage to pull off the performance of a lifetime and be crowned this year’s winner, it would mean the world to him to sing at the Royal Variety Performance.
The 24-year old concluded: “To perform on stage in front of the Queen would mean the world. I just want to be on stage, that is my home and to do it in front of the Royal Family, would just be a total honour and if I got that opportunity, I would be forever grateful.”
Missed Jamie’s Audition? Head over to the ITV Hub to catch up! Britain’s Got Talent returns to ITV this Saturday (20th May) at 8pm, only on ITV!