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Bars & Melody show Port Talbot's Got Talent again

by James Crichton-Smith

Tomorrow night, it's the final of Britain's Got Talent Series 8 - and, once again, an act from Port Talbot is in the running for glory.

Leondre Devries, 13, is one half of rapping duo Bars and Melody, and the latest in a string of Port Talbot-born stars to make it big.

This report contains pictures from Syco / FremantleMedia

Before he was famous: BGT star Leondre on ITV Wales

13-year-old rapper Leondre Devries from Port Talbot is one half of Bars and Melody - the favourites to win the final of Britain's Got Talent 2014.

Here you can watch him - before he was famous - rapping and speaking to ITV Wales back in November 2012:

He and his brother Joseph were launching a campaign to fight bullying - and Leondre told our Correspondent Carl Edwards: "I just want to use my words and power to target bullying and stop it - that's my target."

Watch: Carl's report featuring Leondre and his brother's bullying campaign

Leondre and his friend Charlie Lenehan, from Bristol, wowed the judges in their first audition on the ITV talent show this year, with Leondre rapping about his experiences of bullying, and earning a golden buzzer from Simon Cowell.

That performance has now been watched 30 million times on YouTube.

Watch: Bars and Melody earn golden buzzer in Britain's Got Talent audition

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Bars and Melody praise 'friendly' Port Talbot

Bars and Melody member Leondre Devries, who is from Port Talbot, told ITV News the town is "a good environment" to grow up in, and praised it as a "friendly" place.

The pair will now compete in the final of this year's Britain's Got Talent after going through in last night's semi-final.

More: Bars and Melody reach Britain's Got Talent final

Dance troupe Pre Skool also come from Port Talbot, and singer Paul Potts lives there too.

Bars and Melody reach Britain's Got Talent final

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Congratulations, @barsandmelody!! You’ve won tonight’s semi-final and you’re in the Final!! #BGTlive http://t.co/wAFo8cLu53

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Leondre and Charlie - aka Bars and Melody - are through to the final of this year's Britain's Got Talent.

On Twitter, the duo thanked fans for their support.

"WE are so proud of you...thank you so much" they wrote.

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Thankyou @simoncowell for your support and golden buzzer press to get us here we couldn't Thankyou enough @gottalent http://t.co/dMyyieJPjr

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BGT semi-finalists Bars and Melody celebrate 1m views

Rapping teenagers Bars and Melody are celebrating after a YouTube video of their latest performance on Britain's Got Talent hit one million views.

Charlie Lenehan and Leondre Devries, from Port Talbot, tweeted: 'One million views! Thanks to everyone who has been retweeting and favouriting... love you all!'

They went straight through to the live semi-finals after Simon Cowell pressed his Golden Buzzer, selecting them as his star performance.

Simon described them as "really great kids", adding: "I like the fact that they wrote their own song based on life experiences.

"People are going to root for them and they've got this great friendship that is so obvious when you watch them together."

Read: Young rapper gets the bullying message across

Richard and Adam switch on Holywell Christmas lights

Singers Richard and Adam Johnson from Holywell in Flintshire started the year turning up to a Britain's Got Talent audition just on the off chance.

Since they finished third, they have topped the album charts for four weeks - and now they've got their eye on topping the christmas charts too.

But today they were bit closer to home, as they switched on the Christmas lights of Holywell. Our own Rob Shelley was there to meet them.

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Paul Potts 'Greatest Hits' tonight on ITV Wales News

Paul Potts, winner of the first series of Britain’s Got Talent, is releasing his greatest hits album. Paul from Bridgend won in 2007, with a performance of Puccini’s Nessun Dorma.

The tenor, who used to manage a phone store released the album ‘One Chance’ after the show and it soared to number one in thirteen countries. In recognition of Potts’ meteoric ‘rags to riches’ rise to fame, his life story has now been turned in to a movie, starring James Corden.

Catch up with Paul this evening when he joins us in the studio on ITV Cymru Wales at 1800 on ITV1.

Film about Port Talbot's Paul Potts released in cinemas

A film about the life of Port Talbot opera singer Paul Potts will be shown in cinemas from today.

One Chance is described as a 'rags-to-riches tale' of a mobile phone salesman who won the ITV show Britain's Got Talent.

James Corden plays Potts, with Julie Walters as his mother.

Watch the trailer for Paul Potts film One Chance

Paul Potts was on the red carpet last week for the UK premiere of the film about his life Credit: PA

Read More: UK premiere for film about Port Talbot's Paul Potts

Many scenes were filmed in Port Talbot, where Potts grew up and still lives.

He was working in a mobile phone shop in Bridgend, when he auditioned for Britain's Got Talent in 2007.

He stunned the judges with a performance of Nessun Dorma, and went on to win the first series of the ITV talent show.

He has since had been sang all over the world, and released several albums.

Watch ITV Cymru Wales' programme on Paul Potts - Time of Your Life

UK premiere for Port Talbot opera singer Paul Potts film

by Ruth Wignall

This report contains pictures from The Weinstein Company, and from Syco / FreemantleMedia

A film about the life of Paul Potts has its UK premiere in London this evening.

The opera signer from Port Talbot was the first winner of ITV's Britain's Got Talent.

James Corden plays Paul on his remarkable rise to fame - from a mobile phone salesman, to a world famous singer.

The film One Chance will be out in cinemas from 25 October.

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