BGT Singer already had hit single with Artful Dodger

Written by on 13th May 2018

Last night was time for the weekly dose of Britain’s Got Talent (BGT), and for one Judge, Alesha Dixon, it was also reunion time.

Lifford Shillingford, known for featuring on the popular Artful Dodger track ‘Please Don’t Turn Me On’ which was released in November 2000 appeared on the show in an attempt to win over the judges and audience members with his version of Sam Cooke’s ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’.

Lifford Shillingford with Alesha Dixon on Britain’s Got Talent (Syco/Thames)

The popular Artful Dodger track peaked at number four in the UK Charts and remained in the charts for ten weeks. Lifford revealed during his stint on BGT that he quit the music industry after suffering with anxiety and depression.

After his performance, both Liffords wife and Alesha Dixon ran to the stage to hug and congratulate Lifford on winning Judge Alesha’s golden buzzer.

Alesha later revealed that her former band Mis-Teeq used to perform on the same circuit as Shillingford when he was with Artful Dodger.

Dixon told him: “I feel it takes courage when you are in this industry and you get knocked down, and you then you come back with no ego.

Dixon’s words were echoed by fellow judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and David Walliams.

Shillingford thanked the judges and the audience and described the moment as “surreal” and “amazing”.

Britain’s Got Talent continues on Saturdays at 8pm on ITV.


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