Connie Talbot has melted the hearts of Asia and has proved Simon Cowell wrong in the process. Simon was very enthusiastic about Connie at first and promised to make her a big star, but scuffled the deal at the last moment. Since then she’s gone on to capture Asia by storm and is looking at the landscape in America next.
Connie first melted the hearts of the nation after appearing on the first series of Britain’s Got Talent as a gap-toothed six-year-old in 2007.
Despite Simon Cowell’s promise he would make her £1million after her rendition of Somewhere Over The Rainbow his record company pulled out of the deal at the last minute because of her age.
But since then Connie had gone from strength to strength, performing in front of sell-out crowds to an army of fans across the globe.
Now a 13-year-old girl, she is preparing to tour Asia again in the summer in front of thousands in South Korea, Malaysia and China.
She has attracted over a billion views on her Youtube channel and has over 600,000 subscribers – more than X-Factor winners such as Leona Lewis and Joe McElderry.
Connie still lives with her family in Streetly, where she attends a local school and only performs during Christmas, Easter and summer holidays.
Incredibly, she has no management company behind her with mum Sharon, 44, and 46-year-old dad Gavin still handling all of her bookings.
Sharon, a full-time mum, said: “She’s come a long way – she’s a teenage girl now but she’s remained so grounded.
“She can now play the piano and the guitar and her dedication has paid off – she is massive in Asia, we just cannot believe it.
“Her school life is still important and she is doing really well. We only perform in holiday times and she’s never been in such demand.
“She’s a megastar in Asia but over half of her Youtube views, which are well over a billion now, come from the US.
“Maybe that’s what is next for her – you just never know she might crack America. I’m so proud of her.
“Hopefully Simon Cowell realises now that he perhaps shouldn’t have let her go. But we’re not bitter, it was probably the right decision at the time.
“We are very thankful and amazed how far she has made it just by herself and we want her to keep her feet on the ground.
“She is turning into a teenager but doesn’t really show an interest in boys yet – well not that she’s telling me anyway.”
Connie has more than 158,000 Twitter followers and most recently played to sell-out crowds in South Korea.
Forthcoming concerts will be in Indonesia and Taiwan this summer, and she has met a string of famous faces from George Clooney and Carly Rae Jepson to The Wanted.
Connie, who has a brother Joshua, 20, and a sister Mollie, 19, said: “Hopefully in the future I will be doing my own songs and I’m practising my instruments all the time.
“My friends at school are just normal, they treat me the same as everyone else, I don’t really know if I’m famous or not.
“I think it (Simon Cowell axing her) was the right choice, I was too young to do a lot of stuff at that time.
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Connie Talbot is a total smash in Asia, but Simon Cowell missed that one. No doubt he’s amused but with his portfolio, I doubt he really cares that much. Perhaps a bit of an embarrassment to him, but who doesn’t make mistakes? The music business is sometimes very unpredictable.