Who is Gruffydd Wyn Roberts, Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist?

29 May 2018, 14:19

By Elizabeth Davis

Here’s everything you need to know about the 22-year-old Welsh tenor hoping to win Britain’s Got Talent 2018

Gruffydd Wyn Roberts is one of the lucky few who made it straight through to the semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent, thanks to the Golden Buzzer.

But it didn’t start out well for Gruffydd, who hails from Amlwch in Anglesey. When he first went on stage he was planning to sing Josh Groban’s ‘Un Giorno Per Noi’, but Simon Cowell stopped him and asked him to sing something else.

Luckily, Gruffydd had Puccini’s aria ‘Nessun Dorma’ prepared as well. And he impressed the judges so much that Amanda Holden hit the golden buzzer – meaning that Gruffydd automatically went through to this week’s semi-final.

Gruffydd Wyn Roberts performs in Britain's Got Talent 2018
Gruffydd Wyn Roberts performs in Britain's Got Talent 2018. Picture: Dymond/Thames/Syco/REX/Shutterstock

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Speaking to the Daily Post, Gruffydd said: “Although my nan wasn’t there on the day, I called her straight away once the audition was over.

“She was fast asleep but I had to wake her up and tell her the news. She was over the moon and she still is.

“She was crying her eyes out bless her on Saturday night when she watched it. She’s such a big support.”

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Amanda said the young Welshman reminded her of the first-ever winner of the series, Paul Potts, whose life was recently dramatized in a film starring James Corden called ‘One Chance'.

But this isn’t Gruffydd’s first brush with fame. Last year a video of him singing ‘Nessun dorma’ went viral. In the footage posted on social media he downed a pint before singing the notoriously tricky aria from Puccini’s opera Turandot.