Meet Sue Son, Britain’s Got Talent virtuoso violinist who had an audition with a surprising turn of events. See photos, video and a biography here of the newest contender whose outstanding performance was the culmination of a compelling story.
UPDATE – Sue Son performed in the Britain’s Got Talent Semi-finals on May 24, 2009 but did not advance to the finals. That video has been added below.
Sue Son Britain’s Got Talent audition was an audition that almost wasn’t. She began as one half of the duo ironically named Addicted, with her best friend, keyboardist Janine Khalil; they are both 23 years old. Together they had high hopes of joining the contenders who must face the formidable talent of the now international star Scottish singer Susan Boyle.
But there was a remarkable turn of events.
The Addicted Britain’s Got Talent audition in Birmingham began with both the keyboardist and violinist on stage, performing a composition, ‘Chance” which Janine Khalil herself had composed. They had barely gotten through a few bars of music before buzzers began to sound and judges rendered their unsparing assessment.
BGT judges were not buying the Addicted duo of violinist Sue Son and keyboardist Janine Khalil.
Simon Cowell said, “I thought the song was dreary and indulgent and I don’t see where you are going with this.”
Amanda Holden said she thought that the two did not go together at all.
The judges talked amongst themselves. Clearly they had assessed the duo as not working as a synergy and realized the weaker talent of the two was the keyboardist. They asked Sue Son to return to the stage. Simon Cowell and asked her if she would come back the next day audition on her own.
The brilliant Britain’s Got Talent violinist said, ‘I’m speechless. I don’t know.’
Sue Son pictures herself as a solo artist, yes or no? And if so, is it a betrayal of her friend? These seemed to be the questions that she asked of herself. After some some deliberation and indecision she agreed to return the next day for her solo audition.
Sue Son Britain’s Got Talent audition was an impassioned and virtuoso performance of the technically demanding Vanessa Mae’s Storm. The piece is an Antonio Vivaldi cover and the title track of the classical-pop violinist’s 1998 album. The piece beautifully revealed Sue Son’s immense talent as the judges noted.
Amanda Holden: “I know it was a tough decision to leave your best friend. But that is going to be the best decision you ever made because that was phenomenal.”
Piers Morgan: “Miles better than the double act. On talent alone you’re one of the best.”
Simon Cowell: “That was an incredibly complex piece and I’ve got to tell you that was phenomenal.
Sue Son Britain’s Got Talent joins a growing list of contestants who have given notable BGT auditions. We have had a range of talent on display from a dance troupe called Diversity, to a 37-year-old pizza delivery man, Jamie Pugh singing ‘Bring Him Home’ from Les Miserables. Not least two exciting child singers; the 10-year-old Hollie Steel, Britain’s Got Talent audition, in which she sang ‘I Could Have Danced All Night’ and stunned judges and audiences with a grownup voice. And finally, the 12-year-old Shaheen Jafargholi from Wales who sang the Michael Jackson classic, Who’s Loving You.
Suspense builds as it will not be until May 23, 2009 that we hear again the Scottish singer, Susan Boyle, who sang I Dreamed A Dream. Meanwhile her competition continues to wow audiences week after week. At stake is a cash prize of £100,000 and the amazing opportunity to perform for the Queen at the Royal Variety Performance.
As a biography, Sue Son is 23 years old, as she stated in her BGT audition although variously Sue Son age is reported as 24.
She attended the Purcell Secondary School of Music; the oldest specialist music school in the UK and located in Bushey, Hertfordshire, England. It is where Sue Son met her best friend and duet partner Janine Khalil.
Reportedly, the decision Sue Son made to audition as a solo artist may have had consequences. In an interview, she discussed the strain on her seven-year friendship with Janine Khalil which may possibly have ended.
“She’s taken me off her Facebook friends. I think Janine was upset I didn’t tell her before that I was going back for a second chance.
“Instead of seeing her first, and telling her, I had to do it on the phone. I realised from my other friends she was really hurt.”
“I got some great compliments from the judges. But at the end of the day I lost my best friend.”
Here are Sue Son photos. Watch Sue Son Britain’s Got Talent video below. The Britain’s Got Talent Semi-finals on May 24, 2009 is also below.