Simon criticizes 12-year-old on stage until boy 'humiliates' judge with his next song

Cheryl Kahla
Oct 04, 2018
08:08 A.M.

Shaheen Jafargholi was only 12 years old when he auditioned for Britain's Got Talent back in 2012, but he almost didn't it make it through.


Jafargholi appeared on the second episode of the third season, bringing his mother along for moral support because he was nervous.

Read more on our Twitter account, @amomama_usa. A recording of his stellar audition can be seen below.

Jafargholi began singing Amy Winehouse's "Valerie," but Cowell rudely interrupted and stopped him at the start of the song.

Source: YouTube/LosGranosTV

Source: YouTube/LosGranosTV


Cowell said the song was completely wrong for him and asked if he wanted to perform anything else. Jafargholi chose Michael Jackson's "Who's Lovin' You."

Source: YouTube/LosGranosTV

Source: YouTube/LosGranosTV


The reaction from the audience and judges was instantaneous, they erupted in applause, and Cowell grinned, knowing he bought the best out in the boy.

Source: YouTube/LosGranosTV

Source: YouTube/LosGranosTV


The show hosts were hugging his mother backstage, also clearly impressed by the young boy's talent and extraordinary voice.

Jafargholi can even boast that he got a wink from Cowell. Not many contestants can say the same.

Source: YouTube/LosGranosTV

Source: YouTube/LosGranosTV


After his performance, Cowell told Jafargholi that one song just changed his life, and added it might be the start of something special of the pre-teen.

Judge Amanda that said she only got goosebumps with two other contestants, and all three judges agreed unanimously to send him forward.


He performed the same song during the finals, and while the judges loved his performance, Jafargholi didn't get enough votes to proceed.

Following his appearance on "Britain's Got Talent," Jafargholi presented a 1-hour show on Bay Radio alongside show host Andy Griffiths.

Later that year he also performed "I'll Be There For You" at a tribute show to the late Michael Jackson during the MOBO Awards.

Source: Wikimedia Commons

Source: Wikimedia Commons

His debut album was released the following year, and the 21-year-old Jafargholi has since tried his hand at acting as well.

He can be seen in 157 episodes of "EastEnders," and joined the cast of "Casualty" back in August. He will portray the role of Nurse Marty.

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