Singing
Nervous 12-year-old steals everyone’s heart singing difficult Whitney song
One of the best versions I've heard, she's a little powerhouse.
Eduardo Gaskell
05.02.22

Britain’s Got Talent experienced the incredible talent that is Maia Gough.

Maia brought her entire family along, with judge David Walliams saying she brought all of Wales with her. The singer from South Wales faced the four judges looking pretty in a nice dress.

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Maia performed her rendition of Houston’s “I Have Nothing”, telling everyone that she loves the late, great Whitney Houston. Not exactly an easy song to sing but she nailed it.

The 12-year-old began belting out the classic, which resulted in a standing ovation from the crowd and all four judges.

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“What a voice! This young lady is absolutely beautiful and I love her voice. She’s not trying to duplicate anybody else’s voice and that makes this super special.” says a viewer named Kathryn Miller.

As amazing as Maia was, she did not garner enough votes to make it through to the finals, thereby ending her journey on the talent show.

But that hasn’t stopped Maia.

The young singer has continued nurturing her singing skills by enrolling and studying at London’s Urdang performing arts school.

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Gough regularly takes part in musicals and showcases.

Maia has played Beauty in a production of Beauty and the Beast. And with a voice like hers, she’s definitely deserving of that role.

She now looks completely different to her BGT days, with Maia’s long, beautiful hair styled in a sophisticated layered style.

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Maia’s Instagram updates her fans on her journey while she shows them how she keeps her make-up fresh. She goes for stylish, pastel-coloured clothing too.

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Her Britain’s Got Talent journey isn’t known to many.

The 12-year-old from Skewen delivered another big performance of a Whitney Houston song in the next round, this time singing “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength”.

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Maia battled tonsillitis but still managed to impress all four judges.

That performance had Simon Cowell saying, “You got tonsillitis and you decide to sing one of the hardest Whitney songs. That takes guts and it worked. I liked the fact that I could actually hear you and I could hear the Welsh lilt. The control was terrific!”

Alesha Dixon went on to say, “You are such a pro, you wouldn’t know you didn’t have many rehearsals. You hit those big notes. For your age it is so impressive. You have got it.”

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Amanda Holden was just as impressed, she said, “I don’t think you do know your own strength. You are an ordinary little girl, with an ordinary family and then something extraordinary comes out of your mouth when you sing.”

David Walliams loved Maia saying, “Wow! Incredible. You have such a big voice for such a young girl. You did everyone in Wales proud. I am sure everyone is rooting for you.”

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What’s striking about this young lady is her drive to succeed.

Check out Maia’s stunning audition below!

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By Eduardo Gaskell
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Eduardo Gaskell is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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