South Africa's Belinda Davids takes on Britain's Got Talent!
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Belinda Davids wowed crowds at Britain’s Got Talent with “One Moment in Time”.


United Kingdom (31 May 2020) – Port Elizabeth singing sensation Belinda Davids’ performance at Britain’s Got Talent will leave you feeling proudly South African.

Belinda Davids channelled her inner Whitney Houston for the “Britain’s Got Talent” auditions. Singing the classic “One Moment In Time”, Davids effortlessly flew through the song. As the South African native concluded to a standing ovation, judge Simon Cowell praised the performance as “the moment we’ve been waiting for.”

Davids is through to the next round of Britain’s Got Talent 2020 although it is still unclear when the live shows will be, but we are sure we will be hearing more Whitney Houston as she has been a super fan of the global star her whole life.

“I think calling me a fan is an understatement. I idolised Whitney to the point that when I was a little girl, I would cut my hair like hers, cut my clothes… I was so desperate to be just like her. So when this came, I didn’t realise how much I’d have to step into her shoes, I didn’t realise how much I had to become her on stage. It’s more than just being a fan; I still idolise her. I still watch her videos, I still look at the footage. I still miss her.”

Belinda Davids was born in Port Elizabeth and began performing professionally at the age of 14. She has never had vocal training and is blessed with a four-octave vocal range, which allows her to sing any genre. Belinda’s inspirations as a child were Aretha Franklin, Anita Baker, Chaka Khan, Donny Hathaway, Michael Jackson and the one artist she honours in every show is Whitney Houston.

As a young girl, one of the very first LPs Davids owned was a song called Hold Me by Teddy Pendergrass and Whitney Houston. The quality and style Whitney portrayed in this song struck a cord, and Davids’ fascination with the icon grew. She sang Whitney’s music at every chance: at family gatherings, talent competitions and to friends while playing on the street. Like many young girls at that time, her bedroom walls were plastered with posters and magazine cut-outs Houston.

“I think it started when I was six years old. I remember my grandmother dressing me in white ribbons, a white dress. She dolled me up, and she said, ‘now you are going to sing for us’. I went into the church, and I remember there being a lot of people and I sang. The response made something click for me, that this was what I wanted to do. I didn’t quite understand it, but when I developed from age 8, I knew that this was what I wanted to do. I don’t think I realised how good I was until my friends started calling me Whitney.

The response from people when I started performing in clubs was incredible. For me it all comes back to this; I miss the feeling that I had when I was on stage. The feeling that I had was so bright for me, so light. It was just me in that moment. And it is still like that for me.

When I get on stage, there is nothing in the world that matters; there’s no pain, no sore ankles, no numb toes… There is nothing. It is just me in that moment which makes me fall in love with being on stage.”

Watch her performance on Britan’s Got Talent below:

Sources: Belinda Davids | Britain’s Got Talent 
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