I’m not even going to mention the rest of the garbage they showed on this show Saturday night - frankly, the stroppy bleeder of a girl at the beginning, the atrociously bad dancing Darth Jackson and the god-awful drag queen belly dancer just didn’t deserve to grace the same stage as these two.
Music teacher Julian Smith played West Side Story’s ‘Somewhere’ on his soprano saxophone; beautiful is an understatement, it was goosebump central. (And if you’ve been reading my blog a while you’ll know I’m quite partial to the saxophone!) And then we witnessed Shaheen Jafargholi stun the audience, but not with ‘Valerie’, which was sounding pretty ordinary - Simon, to his credit, stopped him and asked what else he could sing. The answer was Michael Jackson’s Who’s Loving You - Shaheen just launched into it, seemingly unfazed. Two fantastic, soulful, powerful performances to rival Susan Boyle.
It’s fun to laugh at the arrogant, awful acts, but give me a show full of Julians and Shaheens any day.