Cowell’s praise for former Chichester Britain’s Got Talent finalist

Isaac Waddington  performing on the Britain's Got Talent semi-final on May 28, 2015,  he won and got through to the final
Isaac Waddington performing on the Britain's Got Talent semi-final on May 28, 2015, he won and got through to the final

FORMER Chichester schoolboy Isaac Waddington is celebrating a stunning performance on the ITV show Britain’s Got Talent last night (Thursday May 29).

The 15-year-old, who used to go to The Predendal School, wowed the audience on Saturday night with a poignant performance of Billy Joel’s She’s Always A Woman.

Isaac is a student at Portsmouth Grammar School and previously won BBC Young Chorister of the Year in 2012.

Judges on the popular talent show were stunned by Isaac’s rendition, with judge Simon Cowell saying ‘I think we’ve found somebody really truly special.’

He now faces the next round in the competition after receiving four yes votes from the judges.

Simon Cowell, one of the four judges, called him Jack by mistake but said: ‘That was just cool, great, real.

‘You’ve got a great voice, a great taste in music.

‘I love you behind the piano, you were really relaxed.

‘I wasn’t raving about your performance audition.

‘For me it was a big step up. When a room is totally silent it means you’ve got everyone’s attention.’

David Walliams, also on the panel, made light of Simon Cowell’s name slip up but praised Isaac.

He said: ‘It was incredible because you drew everyone in – that’s something great singers can do.’

He added: ‘That was a perfect version of it.’

Fellow judge Alesha Dixon added: ‘You are one of my favourites.’

The singer added: ‘It’s like you put me into a trance.

‘You have a beautiful voice, that was a perfect vocal.’

Amanda Holden added: ‘It’s mind blowing how you sing with such maturity.’

Isaac topped the public phone-in vote yesterday evening with 2m votes cast in total.

Popstar Olly Murs backed him with a Twitter post.

He said: ‘ISAAC WADDINGTON wow sir!! What a voice... Cool as.’

Speaking on the show before he performed he said: ‘I really want to make my family proud.

‘Getting to the final for me is really important because it gets me one step closer to what I want to do.’

Talented Isaac sang George Michael’s I Can’t Make You Love Me.

The Portsmouth Grammar School pupil was stunned when presenters Ant and Dec announced he was through.

Asked how he felt he said: ‘Buzzing, yeah, it’s hard to put into words.’

Twitter and Facebook users voiced their support for the youngster along with thousands who voted for him.

Isaac now faces a tough challenge in the final on Sunday with The Neales, a father and son singing group and fellow winner from last night.