BGT defends Greatest Showman singer after audience reaction

England Has Talent bosses have supported the inclusion of contestant Loren Allred on the show after the singer received a backlash over her history in the music industry.

Loren won the first Golden Buzzer of the series on Saturday (April 16) when judge Amanda Holden voted to ring the bell to send the singer straight to the semi-finals.

However, during his audition, the contestant introduced himself as the singer behind ‘Never Enough’ from greatest showman, where she provided vocals for a song sung by Rebecca Ferguson’s character Jenny Lind in the hit film, which left some viewers confused as to why an established singer had taken part.

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In response to criticism surrounding Loren’s audition, a BGT said the spokesperson (via Metro): “While most people will hear the famous The greatest showman track, Loren is not a household name, and he deserves his place on the BGT stage.

“We hope such an article will not harm someone who deserves this opportunity. It’s fantastic that Loren can now step out and stand in his own right to be the face, and not just the voice, of one of the most famous tracks of all time.”

Allred also commented on the situation and defended his decision to participate in the event, adding: “Even though I’ve spent many years in the music industry, people don’t know who I am.

“For years I’ve been fighting for my chance to be known and make it.”

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She continued: “The opportunity to sing ‘Never Enough’ progressed from being a session singer in a choir, and even though the song was a huge hit, people still think that the actress sang it. That story never happened to me.

“I’m an independent, unsigned artist still trying to make a name for myself.”

Loren isn’t the only participant this year who has drawn backlash. Contestant Nick Edwards also responded to claims his audition was staged after his family entered him in the competition.

England Has Talent aired on ITV.

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