ITV Britain's Got Talent act gets first 2024 Golden Buzzer after 'rare' reaction

Britain's Got Talent judges Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon, Bruno Tonioli, and Amanda Holden were left blown away by singer Sydnie Christmas during the first episode of the 2024 series. So much so that Amanda pressed her Golden Buzzer after watching the contestant, who sang Tomorrow from the musical Annie.

Annie told the panel she worked front of house at a gym, but dreamt of being in the West End. With her grandmother in the audience, Sydnie revealed her song choice, which got an eye roll from music mogul Simon, who said he despised the tune.

But despite seemingly writing her off before she'd started, Sydnie blew the judges, audience, and viewers at home away. The 28-year-old had the whole room in the palm of her hand as she showed off her incredible vocals and unique version of the popular song.

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Sydnie received a standing ovation, with many calling for the judges to press their Golden Buzzer. While Bruno said it was too early, Amanda felt differently.

She told the singer: "What struck me so much about you is how naturally funny, how warm and how brilliant your presence was the moment you walked on the stage. And how you were entertaining everyone but then brought us the most beautiful, heartfelt version of that song and that was the best version I ever heard in my life so I'm going to do this."

Sydnie fell to the floor in shock as Amanda gave her a big hug, but before Sydnie left the stage Simon stopped her and said: "Sydnie I want to say something, that reaction we just heard in the room is rare."

"Thank you so much, thank you for screaming for me," she told the audience. Simon then continued: "Everyone's aware, it's tough to get that break, for something which you really love, you so deserve what you just got. Your control was amazing and I used to hate that song but now I absolutely love it. Good for you that was brilliant, absolutely brilliant."

"What just happened there?" Ant and Dec said as they met Sydnie backstage. Viewers at home were also blown away, with many taking to X, formerly known as Twitter, as one wrote: "Haven't watched #BGT in ages, but just happened to turn the TV on right as a girl called #Sydnie was singing, what a brilliant performance full of emotion but also control, nailed it!"

While another added: "Wow! Get Sydnie on the west end stage NOW!!! Never heard 'Tomorrow' like that before. I thought she was gonna do comedy cos she's naturally funny as well. She'll make it."

And a third said: "Yes! Well deserved Sydnie! Absolute goosebumps and never heard that song performed better than that." You can keep up to date with the latest TV and showbiz news by signing up to the newsletter here.