Sarah Ikumu from Milton Keynes wowed the Britain’s Got Talent judges over the weekend as she stole the show with her knock-out voice which made Simon Cowell press his Golden Buzzer.
From humble beginnings of singing in church as a child from the age of five, the 15-year-old has been encouraged every step of the way by her pastor father Alex Gatoto and her mother who is a carer.
Sarah, whose parents are Kenyan immigrants, performed Jennifer Hudson’s And I Am Telling You from Dreamgirls, receiving a standing ovation from the talent show judges.
The Year 11 starlet is currently studying for her GCSEs but with the help of her parents she has taken part in a string of singing competitions including the Milton Keynes’ Young Musician of the Year, an under-18s ‘Youngstars’ showcase in London and various other competitions in both Kenya and the UK.
At the age of 14 she won the talent show at her school Hazeley Academy called ‘H-Factor’, and for two-and-a-half years relocated with her parents to Kenya where she continued her passion for singing while attending Riara Springs Primary School at Imara Daima off Mombasa Road.
Her performance on Saturday convinced Simon Cowell to press the golden buzzer explaining: “It’s like you were possessed! I have heard that song loads, but you nailed it, you made it yours!”
Each judge is only allowed to press the golden buzzer once, and this sends the auditionee straight through to the live semi-finals regardless of the opinions of the other three judges.
Co-judge Amanda Holden added: “I am thrilled for you! It was mind blowing… I can’t believe it!”, while Little Britain star David Walliams nonchalantly joked: “It was alright!”, before adding: “It was fantastic, well done!”