Singing
Nervous teacher has judges saying “one of the best auditions in the last 16 years”
He's being compared to the humble and incredible talent of Susan Boyle.
Eduardo Gaskell
04.20.22

23-year-old secondary school teacher Tom Ball from West Sussex shocked the Britain’s Got Talent judges when he performed “Writing’s on the Wall” by Sam Smith.

Ball’s dad and fiance were in the audience, eagerly waiting for him to start singing but you can see the nervousness on Tom’s dad’s face.

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The usual introductions were made, the cheery fellow from West Sussex exchanging wit with Simon Cowell who misheard his name as ‘Tumble’. His unassuming attitude was winning the four judges over.

“I’m very excited, I’m really excited!” he shared.

Ball went on to say that his students didn’t know he was there to audition and that if it didn’t go well, he would just accept it and move on.

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What a great lad.

But Tom’s song choice was that little peek into his confidence, with Sam Smith’s James Bond theme not exactly being an easy song to sing. Not even during karaoke with friends.

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A curious silence fell over the audience at the London Palladium as that familiar intro began to play. But as soon as Ball hit that first verse, jaws dropped and eyes opened.

The cheers began to build and even the judges knew they were on to someone special.

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Ball does remind you of Susan Boyle. That sweet, charming demeanor as if he’s just some regular chap next door who goes about his day with not a worry in the world.

Apparently he’s got unbelievable pipes.

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Ball nailed the song, matching Sam Smith’s ridiculously high notes, even showing off his control through some parts of it. The man can sing, and wow can he sing!

A viewer said, “My daughter’s teacher, she says he’s as wonderful in person as he came across during the audition :) So many of his students watched it tonight, they even started a “fanclub” WhatsApp group, he was truly brilliant!”

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Do you think Ball deserved the golden buzzer? What did the four judges have to say regarding the teacher from West Sussex?

Amanda Holden had nothing but praises. “Who knew what a powerhouse you were?! That was an exceptional audition. One of the best singers we’ve had in the last sixteen years.”

Alesha Dixon said, “I really felt moved by that vocal and that performance. It was really, really special. It made for the perfect audition.”

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As for Simon, he had this to say. “There’s lots and lots of good singers out there, I believe your personality plays a huge part in these auditions and there’s something very likeable about you.

“I don’t think there’s a single person in this room who wanted you to fail.”

David Walliams showered him with love saying, “You never forget a good teacher, how lucky your kids are to have you teaching them.”

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“Tumble” may not have received the golden buzzer but he got 4004 “yeses” that night.

Not a bad start for such a charming young man who never once doubted himself. We hope to see and hear more of Tom Ball!

Watch Tom Ball stun the BGT crowd below!

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