ABOVE: Watch Bars and Melody perform “Hopeful” on Britain’s Got Talent.
TORONTO — A pair of young performers pulled at the heartstrings of the Britain’s Got Talent judges and audience members last Saturday with a rap about being bullied.
The duo Bars and Melody — made up of Charlie Lenehan, 15, and Leondre Devries, 13 — performed a version of “Hopeful” by Twista and Faith Evans with lyrics of their own.
Leondre, who was bullied in school, rapped: “Please help me God / I feel so alone / I’m just a kid / How can I take it on my own? / I cried too many tears writing this song / Trying to fit in / Where do I belong?”
During the performance, BGT judge Alesha Dixon and Leondre’s mother both wiped tears from their faces.
“What I wear is all I have / We lost our home / I’m living from a bag / Mr. Bully help me please / I’m flesh and blood / Accept me please,” the rap continued.
It didn’t take long for audience members to rise to their feet and cheer for the two boys from Wales.
All four judges also gave the boys a standing ovation.
Judge Simon Cowell rewarded the duo by hitting the golden buzzer, which sends the act through to the live shows.
“I think that record could be a hit, I really do,” Cowell said. “I really, really like you two.”
The performance has been viewed more than 1.3 million times since it was posted on YouTube.
Bars and Melody are managed by Blair Dreelan (former lead singer of UK boy band East 17) and have collected nearly 58,000 Twitter followers since the end of 2011.
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