Jasmine Elcock from Dagenham makes Britain's Got Talent final
PUBLISHED: 11:08 27 May 2016 | UPDATED: 11:51 27 May 2016
Teenage singer Jasmine Elcock from Dagenham became a Britain's Got Talent finalist last night, with judge Simon Cowell praising her "incredible delicate control".
The 14-year-old went straight through to last night’s semi-final on ITV after presenters Ant and Dec used their Golden Buzzer to fast-track her after her audition.
Jasmine, who crafted her vocal skills with the choir of St Vincent’s Church in Waldegrave, Dagenham, will compete in tomorrow’s final at 7.30pm on ITV, with 53-year-old mum Helen Elcock saying she’s overcome with excitement for her daughter.
“It’s been an overwhelming and amazing experience,” she said. “From a very young age we noticed she had something special.
“She loved singing competitions – I remember once she won a competition and gave half her winnings to charity.”
Helen, who was in the semi-final audience to see Jasmine perform Wings by Birdy last night, said she’s still not used to seeing her daughter on television.
“It’s quite surreal,” she said. “It’s been absolutely crazy the last couple of months.”
Joining her in the audience for the semi-final was Clare Scott, who taught Jasmine in year two at St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School in Burnside Road, Dagenham.
Clare, now headteacher at the school, is one of her former pupil’s biggest fans and said it was an “honour” to join her family at the semi-final.
“I’ve got my Team Jasmine T-shirt on today and I’ve been at the school gates telling people to vote for her,” she said. “I remember saying to her parents at parents’ evenings that we’d be seeing her in the future.”
She said what sets Jasmine apart is her humility, adding she was very supportive of dog act Trip Hazard, who she beat in last night’s semi-final.
“The thing that’s quite unique about Jasmine is she has no ego whatsoever and is very modest,” she said. “When she got through she was elated, but she would’ve been smiling even if she hadn’t.”