Some people were born for the spotlight – exuding boldness, confidence, and fearlessness no matter the life situation. These are the people who take on life’s challenges with strength, letting nothing stand in their way. And then you have those who lack that assertiveness and courage, happily living their lives “behind the scenes.” Meet 23-year-old Emma Jones. Emma, although lovely and undoubtedly talented, does not exude confidence and courage. As Emma makes her way nervously onto the stage of Britain’s Got Talent, she swallows hard and peers out into the large crowd. It is obvious to the judges that Emma is painfully afraid.
After asking the normal pre-audition questions, Simon asks, “Why have you entered the show?” To which Emma sweetly responds, “I just um, want to just give it a try and see if you like my voice.” Simon, knowing that this timid young woman is having an incredibly difficult time standing on stage in front of such a large crowd, asks if she is nervous. Emma is so uncomfortable in fact, that she can’t even answer Simon’s question. She simply nods, lowers her head, and brushes the hair back from her face. At this moment, Emma doesn’t seem to be “born for the spotlight.”
However, any first impressions that the judges and viewers have formed of this contestant up until this very moment – change instantly during the beginning seconds of Emma’s performance. Before Emma finishes singing the first lyrics of “Ava Maria,” the crowd erupts in gasps and responds with enthusiastic cheering. The reactions are priceless. Although Emma’s hands are trembling with fear as she tries to steady her microphone, she courageously continues on with her performance – ultimately bringing the crowd and judges to their feet. This unforgettable performance is certain to warm your soul and bring tears to your eyes: