Where are Britain's Got Talent's child stars now?

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Britain's Got Talent has had a knack for finding some of the most talented child stars in the business.

While there's an age restriction for The X Factor, BGT has no such issue, and the show has managed to produce some truly global youngsters since it began.

Here we take a look at the show's most iconic younger stars and check out what they're up to now...

1. Hollie Steel

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The young singer appeared on the talent show at just 10 years of age, but went on become an immediate star with her first audition being watched more than a million times on YouTube in just 24 hours. She went on to make it through to the live finals, and ended up finishing in sixth place overall.

So where is she now? Well, in 2010, she released a self-titled album and has since even launched her own record label. She's got over 46,000 followers on YouTube, and in 2011 she toured with The Sound of Music.

2. George Sampson

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Arguably one of the most recognisable stars from the show, George's dancing wowed viewers and he ended up winning the series. He was flooded with sponsorship deals afterwards and even tried his hand at music, releasing his debut single 'Get Up On The Dance Floor'.

Since then, he's moved into acting and made appearances on Waterloo Road and Casualty. In 2016, he appeared in Emmerdale, and the following year he made headlines after revealing he had decided to get a hair transplant.

3. Connie Talbot

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Connie won the hearts of the nation when she made her first appearance on the talent contest, and ended up becoming one of the show's best-known stars.

Her debut album Over the Rainbow proved an immediate hit in 2007 and she followed it up with a Christmas record and Holiday Magic album. Then in 2014, Connie released an EP called Gravity, and a DVD of her Beautiful World tour was also released.

Her latest album, Matters To Me and lead single 'Shut Up (Move On)', were both released digitally in 2016.

4. Ronan Parke

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The runner-up in the show's fifth series struggled during his time on BGT when he battled against rumours he was groomed for the show by Simon Cowell himself.

After the series ended, he went on to sign a record deal with the music mogul, released a self-titled album of cover songs, and the single 'A Thousand Miles'. When it failed to make the impact on the charts that the label hoped, Ronan parted ways with Cowell and is now working with Rosen Music Group on new material.

He's working on a follow-up, and a message on his website states: "Ronan has so many exciting things coming up. Stay tuned at ronanparke.com to get an inside scoop with everything he is doing."

5. Shaheen Jafargholi

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The Welsh singer's version of Michael Jackson's 'Who's Loving You' won him acclaim around the world. So much so, in fact, that Shaheen was asked to perform at Michael Jackson's funeral when he was just 12 years old.

Motown founder Berry Gordy reportedly said after the performance: "I have no cotton pickin' idea who that is, but if I were still in the business, I would sign him tomorrow."

Shaheen has since recorded an album, and tried his hand at acting with appearances in shows such as Casualty, Torchwood and Grandpa in My Pocket.

In 2016, he joined the cast of EastEnders as Carmel Kazemi's (Bonnie Langford) son, Shakil, and in August 2018 it was announced he'd joined Casualty.

6. Jack Carroll

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Jack auditioned for Britain's Got Talent as a comedian at the age of 14, and blew the judges away. He finished as runner-up, but that didn't stop him landing television roles in David Walliams' comedy Big School and BBC show Doctors. He also got a stint on Live At The Apollo.

After that, he teamed up with Cowell to release an autobiography.

7. Aiden Davis

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Aidan appeared on the talent show aged 11 and stunned viewers with his dancing prowess. During his audition, Cowell told him: "I think you're better than any dancer I have ever seen. I think you are super, super, super talented."

Today, Aiden is still dancing, has become a black belt in karate and has a fondness for a shirtless selfie on social media.

He's also in the studio writing new material.

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