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08/04/2020 06:45 BST

Britain's Got Talent' Kids: Where Are The Former Child Contestants Now?

Connie Talbot, Faryl Smith, Stavros Flatley, Ronan Parke and more: they're all grown up.

Whilst the likes of Susan Boyle, Paul Potts and Diversity have gone on to become household names since shooting to fame on Britain’s Got Talent, we haven’t heard quite so much from some of the show’s younger talent.

That’s not to say that many of the junior stars of BGT didn’t make a big impression when they appeared on the show.

Who could forget Connie Talbot’s gap-toothed rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow? Or father-and-son duo Stavros Flatley’s hilarious take on Riverdance, featuring a then 12-year-old Lagi?

With school out of the way, many are now looking to reclaim their spot in the limelight and are, of course, looking rather different these days.

Time for a catch-up...

Connie Talbot, 2007

Then: The gap-toothed six-year-old won the nation’s collective hearts back in 2007 with her rendition of Somewhere Over The Rainbow.

 

Now: Now into her late teens, Connie now has five studio albums under her belt, after her debut shifted 250,000 copies.

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Connie Talbot

Faryl Smith, 2008

Then: After stunning the judges with her beautiful voice, the 13-year-old signed a record deal and ended up outselling the likes of Charlotte Church and Andrea Bocelli with her classical debut album

 

Now: Faryl has put her recording career on hold for the time being to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Dance.

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Faryl Smith

Stavros Flatley, 2009

Then: The father and son dance act are one of the most memorable acts ever to grace the BGT stage thanks to their unique take on Riverdance.

 

Now: Lagi is working as a barber by day but still performs as one half of Stavros Flatley. According to dad Demi, they had as many as 100 bookings in just one year and made something in the region of £500,000 since their BGT appearance in 2009.

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Stavros Flatley

Hollie Steel, 2009

Then: A 10-year-old Hollie famously (and unfortunately) ended up in tears on stage after making the live shows back in 2009, which prompted many viewers to call for an age restriction being introduced (it wasn’t).

 

Now: Eight years later, Hollie was studying at the Urdang Performing Arts Academy in London, via a stint playing one of the Von Trapp children in The Sound Of Music on the West End stage.

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Hollie Steel

Shaheen Jafargholi, 2009

Then: The Welsh 12-year-old ended up singing at Michael Jackson’s funeral after impressing Motown founder Berry Gordy with his rendition of the King of Pop’s Who’s Loving You on the show in 2009.

 

Now: The young star has enjoyed success on the small screen in the likes of Torchwood and Casualty, as well as on stage when he appeared in a production of Aladdin. He also joined the cast of EastEnders in Spring 2016.

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Shaheen Jafargholi

James Hobley, 2011

Then: There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when the 11-year-old, who has autism, explained how dancing helped him learn how to walk after having splints on both legs.

 

Now: The teenager was signed up by the English National Ballet School and big things are predicted for him in the dance world in the future.

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James Hobley

Ronan Parke, 2011

Then: All three judges were on their feet when 12-year-old Justin Bieber lookalike Ronan belted out Feeling Good, which saw him being snapped up by Simon Cowell’s record label.

 

Now: Now 21, Ronan has his own YouTube channel where he shares music with his ever-growing fanbase.

Molly Rainford, 2012

Then: The 11-year-old made the final after dazzling us all with her rendition of One Night Only, but was eventually beaten by Ashleigh and Pudsey.

 

Now: After completing her GCSEs in 2016, Molly signed to Sony, who are funding her through the famous Sylvia Young Theatre School, whose alumni include Amy Winehouse, Billie Piper, Emma Bunton and Rita Ora.

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