Call to vote for Britain's Got Talent singer

Britain's Got Talent singer Reuben Gray, who has family in Scarborough, is performing on Thursday night in the live semi final. Credit: ITV
Britain's Got Talent singer Reuben Gray, who has family in Scarborough, is performing on Thursday night in the live semi final. Credit: ITV
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Scarborough residents are being encouraged to vote for a local lad who will be performing live at the Britain’s Got Talent semi finals this evening.

Singer and songwriter Reuben Gray wowed judges when he sang his own song ‘Lifeline’ while playing the piano in an emotional audition everyone.

The 16-year-old, who is currently studying for his GCSEs, admitted ahead of his performance that he wrote the song as an apology to his girlfriend.

Judges David Walliams, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and Simon Cowell were on their feet along with the crowd at the London Palladium.

Simon Cowell said: “That was a great audition, Reuben. You come on and be authentic, be original and take risks.

“I really, really like the song. You’ve got talent, you really have.”

Reuben, who lives with his family in Guildford, Surrey, received four yeses and then made the cut for the semi final lineup with him set to perform in tonight’s live show on ITV at 7.30pm.

Reuben’s mum, Andi Gray, said: “We were totally overwhelmed at the first audition. He absolutely smashed it and we are all so proud of him. He is so hard working and really deserves this.”

The musician is the grandson of former president of Scarborough RNLI and distinguished barrister Gilbert Gray QC and is the son of Lt Col Toby Gray.

Andi added: “Reuben’s father’s family have always been in Scarborough and it would be great if he got the seaside support.

“If he got the votes from the town then he’s that step closer to achieving a dream.”