HE IS the curly haired teenager who proved to Simon Cowell it is not all about first impressions
The music mogul looked less than impressed when Jonathan Antoine and singing partner Charlotte Jaconelli shuffled on to the Britain’s Got Talent stage last year.
But the “classical crossover” duo quickly proved him wrong. And after being beaten into second place by dancing dog Pudsey they are now set to perform with one of opera’s biggest names.
Jonathan and Charlotte have been unveiled as special guests for this year’s Lytham Proms’ festival, and will take to the stage with Russell Watson on the Saturday night.
The star-studded event – which will also see a host of 80s stars including Jason Donovan take to the stage for The 80s Strikes Back on the Friday night – is being organised by St Annes-based promoters Cuffe and Taylor.
And a spokesman for the firm said: “Like the rest of the country, when we first heard these two perform on Britain’s Got Talent, we were blown away.
“Sometimes on shows like X-Factor or Britain’s Got Talent, you can often guess what to expect, whether it is going to be for entertainment value or they actually have a talent, but with Jonathan and Charlotte, it was hard to predict what would happen next.
“They were totally amazing, and sounded just like professional classical singers.
“Since their rise to fame they have been fine-tuned by some of the industries most respected experts, making them the perfect accompaniment for Russell Watson on the Saturday night.”
The concert takes place on Saturday, August 3, and tickets are available from Ticketline on 0844 888 9991 or online at www.lythamproms.co.uk.
Guests can bring their own seating and picnics, and tickets are priced at £37.50 until May 14, £40 until July 27 and then £50 until the night.
Sunday night’s headliner is yet to be revealed.