Christmas is just around the corner and we thought this beautiful song (video below) might give some hope and courage to those going home planning to come out over the holidays. Stay strong, guys!
Calum Scott (31) from England won a talent competition put on by his local newspaper in 1913. Two years later he became known worldwide after competing on the popular television show Britain’s Got Talent.
He subsequently released his version of Robyn‘s hit “Dancing On My Own” as a single, which reached number two on the UK Singles Chart and became the best-selling song that summer in the UK. In 2018, he collaborated with Leona Lewis on the single “You Are the Reason”.
On 11 April 2015, Scott’s audition for the ninth series of Britain’s Got Talent was broadcast on ITV. Just before his audition, his sister Jade also auditioned, but was stopped early on both of her songs by Simon Cowell.
Jade received three “No” votes from Amanda Holden, David Walliams, and Simon Cowell (Alesha Dixon‘s vote was unannounced as it was not needed).
Despite obvious nerves at seeing his sister get rejected, Calum performed a cover of Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own”, which he had heard Kings of Leon performing on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge in 2013.
Following a standing ovation from the judging panel, Cowell pressed the Golden Buzzer giving Scott an automatic place in the live shows. Explaining his decision to send Scott straight to the semi-finals, Cowell said:
“I’ve never ever in all the years I’ve done this show heard a guy with the talent you’ve got. Seriously. And the version was sensational, and that shows to me that you’re more than a singer, you’re an artist and that’s why you got that (the buzzer).”
The video of his audition has been viewed over 262,000,000 times on YouTube. In the semi-final on 29 May, Scott performed “We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off” by Jermaine Stewart.
Walliams commented “You really sound like a recording artist”, whilst Alesha Dixon suggested that he could have “success around the world”. He won the semi-final with 25.6% of the vote, sending him straight through to the final.
In the final on 31 May, Scott performed “Diamonds” by Rihanna and finished sixth out of 12 contestants with 8.2% of the vote.
Scott released his cover of “Dancing On My Own” independently on 15 April 2016. It became a sleeper hit, first hitting number 40 in the charts in May and climbing into the top 40 despite little radio airplay.
In October 2018, Scott released a new single titled “No Matter What”. Upon release, Scott said “No Matter What” is without question the most personal song I have ever written and the one I am most proud of.
It’s a song born from loneliness, acceptance and the heart-breaking but liberating tale of my coming out experience. What I love about this song is that it isn’t just limited to a story of sexual identity, but about the relationship between parent and child and acceptance as a whole. This song didn’t make my debut album because I simply wasn’t ready at that time to give it to the world.”
Well, friends, fans and MGE family, the Christmas is just around the corner, and we think this song brings hopes for those waiting to come out.
Source: Wikipedia, Photo: Vevo