Monday, April 20, 2009

Move over Susan Boyle for 'Young Stevie Wonder' Shaheen Jafargholi

A week after Susan Boyle became a global sensation following a barnstorming audition on "Britain's Got Talent," a 12-year-old Welsh boy with a Motown voice has been hailed for his "life-changing" performance on the TV show after earning a standing ovation from Simon Cowell.

Shaheen Jafargholi had been the stand-out act of the show and a possible challenger to Boyle for the TV talent show's £100,000 ($146,000) prize.

Watch Shaheen Jafargholi perform on "Britain's Got Talent"

In an interview for the show, Jafargholi said he had been singing since he was two years old. "When I was a bit older my mum got me some singing lessons and my voice just got bigger and bigger," he said. "Hopefully this is going to be my big break."

Last week's performance by Boyle, the 47-year-old with a Broadway voice who claimed to have never been kissed, brought the show global attention, with her version of the Les Miserables' tune "I Dreamed a Dream" gaining more than 32 million hits on YouTube as well as earning her a string of U.S. media appearances, including on CNN's Larry King Live.

Jafargholi has some way to go to match Boyle's success. By Monday morning a YouTube link to his performance had been watched just 330,000 times.


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