By Aisha Jamil
The popular talent show, Britain’s Got Talent, the brainchild of Simon Cowell, was extra special in 2020, for Pakistan. Despite Covid-19, the show rocked on and this Saturday night, millions watched a jaw-dropping performance by Sirine Jehangir, who sang like an angel, a melodic and soulful rendition of ‘Carry You”.
There was not a dry eye in the house. The 15-year-old from London is of Pakistani heritage and is the granddaughter of Chico Jehangir, an old friend and Special Advisor to the Prime Minister Imran Khan on Trade and Investment. She is also the cousin of actor Alyy Khan and the late and great Junaid Jamshed.
So, there was already a sprinkling of stardust in her genes and Sirine cast a magical spell on the audience and judge’s, who in mesmerising silence, watched her sing on Saturday’s primetime TV spot.
The 15-year-old, who lost her sight when she was just 9 years old, sang from the heart and demonstrated her brilliant vocal range in perfectly delivered tones, as she played the piano and CGI butterflies fluttered past her piano which adorned the line, “you’re not alone.”
Sirine sang with sincerity and commanded pin-drop-silence as she owned the arena. The song choice was haunting and the lyrics poignant.
The judges looked emotional as the camera zoomed in on them and when Sirine came to the end of the performance, she broke down in tears, overcome with emotions and one of the judges, Alesha Dixon, could be heard saying, “Oh Sweetheart,” whilst another judge, Amanda Holden, raised her hands with concern.
Kafeal Jehangir, Sirine’s father, accompanied her from the piano, to centre stage, where she dazzled in a beautiful long dress and when Ant and Dec asked her if she was okay, Sirine laughed bravely and said she didn’t know why she had cried, with Ant and Dec admitting that everyone was crying after the performance.
Indeed, it was difficult to watch without getting tearful, but for the right reasons, as judge David Williams said that he hoped they were tears of joy.
It was the most outstanding performance of the night and there was a standing ovation from all four judges. Amanda Holden said it was the voice of an angel and the other judges told her that her performance was magical and perfect.
Whether Sirine now gets through to the finals is down to a public vote and many took to Twitter to express their support that she deserved to win.
Sirine has not only made her family proud, but the Pakistani community has also been voting for her and whether she makes it through to the finals or not, a very special star has risen.