Northampton mum who revealed she was taking part to make her children proud wins through to Britain’s Got Talent semi-finals

Becky O'Brien wowed judges on ITV's premier talent competition  this week,  with her rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Photograph by Tom Dymond, courtesty of ITV.
Becky O'Brien wowed judges on ITV's premier talent competition this week, with her rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Photograph by Tom Dymond, courtesty of ITV.
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  • Mum-of-five from Northampton stunned judges of Britain’s Got Talent with performance
  • Singer says she wants to win the show and make her children proud
  • Mum reveals pride in providing inspiration to other women

A mum-of-five from Northampton, who left Simon Cowell speechless after her Britain’s Got Talent performance, has been given a place in the semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent.

Becky O’Brien was one of the 40 acts chosen from a shortlist of 200 in Saturday Night’s show on ITV1. She will now perform on one of the semi-final live shows next week in a bid to win a place in the final.

During the programme Becky told presenters Ant and Dec that she was nervous that “four people are going to decide what is going to happen to my life”.

She was one of the last acts to hear her fate. Simon Cowell delivered the news telling Becky and other acts “it’s a big, fat yes”. She told the cameras it was “really, really amazing” before telephoning her children to give them the news.

It is not yet known which night Becky will be appearing.

Becky wowed the judges in the audtion stage when more than 11 million people tuned in to watch Becky O’Brien’s rendition of the Wizard of Oz classic Somewhere Over the Rainbow on Saturday night’s show.

The performance was made even more poignant after the 34-year-old spoke about her marriage issues shortly after giving birth to premature twins.

Speaking after the audition, the English teacher, buoyed by the ‘overwhelming’ response to her singing, said she was dreaming of a place in the final of the talent competition.

She said: “I would like to think that I could take it all the way.

“To get the chance to go on the Royal Variety performance would be amazing.

Becky O’Brien

I always think that if something else goes wrong in life, it means something else is going to go right

“With everything that has happened over the last few years it would be amazing to do this for the kids and to be able to support them financially too.”

Miss O’Brien, who lived in Northampton until 2012, comes from a performing family as her father was a comedian and singer and her mother was an actress.

But despite having sung and acted since the age of seven, Miss O’Brien said her height – just 4ft 9 inches – had stopped her from getting parts in the shows.

“I used to go for a lot of auditions when I was younger,” she said.

“But the one thing that kept me back was being small. “

Then when she had her first child, Jack 11, Miss O’Brien said she started 
to move her focus to parenthood.

Her dreams of stardom lay dormant until her ‘star’ Jack prompted her to go on Britain’s Got Talent to ‘show Simon Cowell how it’s done’.

“I just thought, why not?” She said. “I always think if something else goes wrong in life, it means something else is going to go right.

“This was my chance to show my kids that their mum can take a risk.

“They had never even all seen me perform before the Britain’s Got Talent audition,” she said.

Since her show-stopping performance on Britain’s Got Talent, Becky O ‘Brien says she has been inundated with supportive words from other people after she spoke about her marriage.

“I didn’t say what I said for a sob story.

“I was asked why my marriage had broken down and a I guess I just explained it.

“It’s really, really nice to feel I have given people hope and confidence to talk about their situation.

“That has made it worthwhile for me.”