Shaheen Jafargholi Britain’s Got Talent

July 7, 2009

Meet Shaheen Jafargholi, Britain’s Got Talent singing sensation. See photos, video and a biography here of the 12-year-old singer who brought audience and judges alike to their feet with his powerhouse rendition of the Michael Jackson classic, Who’s Loving You in the initial audition in Wales and wowed audiences again in the semi-final with the classic song from Dreamgirls, And I’m Telling You.

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UPDATE: Shaheen Jafargholi (picture above) is among those who performed at the Michael Jackson memorial service on July 7, 2009 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. See the video below.

According to Robert Phillips, headmaster of the Dylan Thomas Community School in Swansea, where Shaheen Jafargholi is a student, the late King of Pop had seen the 12-year-old’s performance of Who’s Loving You on YouTube and was impressed and had considered inviting him to perform at the London O2 concert series This Is It which would have kicked off on July 13, 2009.

“Shaheen was asked specifically by Michael Jackson’s closest family to sing at the service because they knew how impressed Michael had been with him. I got a call from Shaheen’s agent asking for him to be released from school and then we were told why.”

Reportedly, Michael Jackson had told his family he was “knocked out” by the youngster’s performance.


The Shaheen Jafargholi semi-final performance on May 26, 2009 in the BGT semi-final has enabled the young singer to advance to the final. He sang Who’s Loving You again on the Finals on May 30, 2009. Both videos have been added below.

Simon Cowell, in a recent interview, discouraging people from thinking that Scottish singing sensation and overnight star Susan Boyle was a shoe in for winning Britain’s Got Talent, saying,

‘There are some acts that you haven’t seen yet, it’s not quite the one horse race you are going to think this is.’

At the Cardiff, Wales audition for the ITV1 Britain’s Got Talent, the audience and judges and now the world, through YouTube, has just seen one of those acts, Shaheen Jafargholi Britain’s Got Talent.

The 12-year-old Shaheen Jafargholi began singing the Amy Winehouse song, Valerie, with the audience cheering the robust delivery and the vocal maturity of the young singer.

Simon Cowell waved his hand, stopping him. ‘You’ve got this really wrong,’ he said He then asked, what else he could sing.

Shaheen Jafargholi said, ‘Who’s Loving You,’ by Michael Jackson.

He showed tremendous resolve and courage to deliver such a powerful performance, after the abrupt interruption of his chosen audition song. It is notable that the song is more suited for showcasing his vocal range and abilities.

The audience did not wait till the song ended; they were on their feet and cheering throughout the amazing performance, with all three judges joining the standing ovation at the end.

Simon Cowell said, ‘This is how one song can change your life, and this may be the start of something special for you, young man.

Piers Morgan said, ‘You have just shown that Wales has got talent.’

Amanda Holden said, ”It doesn’t happen to me very often but I do the goosebump test. I got it with Paul Potts, I got it with George Sampson and I got it with you.’

Backstage, the young singer, Shaheen Jafargholi Britain’s Got Talent new superstar said, ‘Words can’t describe it. It was really good.’ when co-hosts Ant and Dec asked him how he felt about his standout audition.

Later in an interview, he shared what he went through in those tense moments on stage.

‘I couldn’t believe my luck when Simon gave me a second chance and asked for another song.
‘Luckily, I managed to hold it together and control my nerves. I just told myself that I had to do it, that it was now or never and that there was no room for mistakes. Simon had given me a second chance but I knew there wouldn’t be a third.”

Britain’s Got Talent auditions continue, and ultimately, the winner will receive prize money of £100,000 and perform for the Queen at the Royal Variety Performance.

As a biography, Shaheen Jafargholi was born in 1997. His age is 12. He is from Mount Pleasant, Swansea, Wales. His father is Iranian, and his mother, Karen Thomas split from him, amicable and ever since has raised him as a single mother.

He is a student at Dylan Thomas School and attends Mark Jermin Stage School in Swansea on Saturdays.

He has been singing since he was five years old, and already has considerable stage and TV experience. He has had minor roles in the BBC dramas Casualty and Torchwood.

He recently starred as Michael Jackson in the stage musical Thriller Live. The show had its initial run in Wales and and then went on tour in Germany, Holland and Ireland.

It was this most recent experience which convinced his mother that he he had attained the maturity to audition for Britain’s Got Talent. Previously, when he was ten, she had not allowed him to participate.

In an interview, conducted after the outstanding Shaheen Jafargholi Britain’s Got Talent audition, he said.

‘Since the day I was born I’ve had a passion for singing. People are born with a talent that carries them through, and this is mine. I would love to be a big recording artist and I’d love people to know who I am.’

Here are Shaheen Jafargholi photos. Watch Shaheen Jafargholi Britain’s Got Talent video below. May 26, 2009 in the BGT semi-final video and the May 30, 2009 final video has been added.

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(Click on each of the Shaheen Jafargholi photos to enlarge)

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9 Responses to “Shaheen Jafargholi Britain’s Got Talent”

  1. 1
    carl Says:

    Good luck to this lad, He and his MUM have the drive to make him a star even tho he aint won all the talent shows he’s entered. I’m proud to say My daughter beat him to become a local search for a star 3 years ago but singing isnt her 1st passion. If only eh !
    Good luck and hope you win Shaheen

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    Hosein Says:

    Good Luck Little Shaheen
    All Persian people are proud of you and wish you the best ;)

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    Russ Says:

    Im not sure he is too young. That is up to the parents individually. His school, stage school, and previous stage accomplishments might make it the perfect time to go public with what should be an outstanding career. My only advise is not to allow your passion Shasheen to be over run by others greed. Enjoy your gift, accept reward, and be yourself.
    God Bless you.

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    Syed Qamar Abbas Says:

    I heard this innocent lad you cant imagin about my passion I love him very much God bless him

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    Andre Cusson Says:

    Shaheen has made me cry and sent shivers down my spine…and at such a young age…I will be the first to buy his cd whenever it comes out…I cannot wait to hear him again…he has an amazing stage presence…as well.
    May God bless him in his life and his career!

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    Jeanie Says:

    A lot of things happen in 3 years. This kid has improved. He has a great voice. I think now that he would be hard to beat locally. I love his attitude and personality. It is important to have a supportive MUM and Shaheen has got it. GOOD LUCK, Shaheen. You are known internationally!!!

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    charliz Says:

    This smarmy little boy is no differewnt from 1000’s of other school kids whose parents push them for the money the parents want.

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    PHOEBE Says:

    i luv u shaheen i think u r soooo cutee and fittt x luvs u x i’d luv 2 go out wid u im 11

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    cipriano geraldine Says:

    singer for the audition in london. date and adress.