A nurse singing to children with cancer at Great Ormond Street Hospital impresses Britain’s Got Talent audience tonight.
And hero Beth Porch said it was more difficult to impress two-year-olds in his room than the show’s boss Simon Cowell.
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Beth, 25, is back at work in her London hospital after her own battle with the coronavirus.
She was inspired to participate in the ITV show after a movie went viral last year when she played a ukulele and sang the hit McFly All About You to three-year-old patient Artie Vickerage.
She auditioned in January, singing a song she wrote herself. And she has had to keep her appearance secret from most of her young fan club – so far.
Speaking to the Sun after a grueling 12:30 pm night shift, Beth said, “I might have done well with the judges and put some people up, but honestly, there are two-year-olds who will cry their eyes as soon as I start to sing.
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“So yes, it’s really more difficult to impress them than Simon! “
Her touching song, You Taught Me What Love Is, was inspired by the ups and downs she’s had in cancer service.
Beth, who has been on Great Ormond Street for five years, added: “Obviously, this is very emotionally demanding work.
“This song was just a way for me to manage my feelings in a difficult time.
“It is a tribute to all my patients, their families and what they have to endure.
“Many of these children come to us for an initial diagnosis, but for many of them, they relapse and begin to lack options.”
Beth, from Devon, spoke to a handful of kids about her BGT performance to cheer them up.
She said, “There are a few who are going through a particularly difficult time. Most of the time, they don’t have much to do.
“We have reduced visits and the playrooms have been locked, so the children are bored.
“Being hospitalized for a long time can be very destructive for anyone, regardless of age.
“For them it’s super exciting to know someone who’s participating in Britain’s Got Talent, so I had to keep it a secret.
“As we got closer to the show, I was able to reveal a little more. And to see the smile on their faces is incredible. “
Beth waited almost 1 p.m. for her hearing at the London Palladium before judges Simon, David Walliams, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden.
And she said all the nerves were gone by the time it was her turn.
She said, “It was a crazy day, really long. There is always so much more filming than what people see on television. Some friends came to support us.
“Regarding my hearing, which was late in the day, I was pretty relaxed and really excited to play. My constant state is probably just tired all the time.
“I don’t get tired like a normal person because my body is so used to cutting and changing with every hour. “
Beth recently took a few weeks off work after testing positive for Covid-19. She said, “I knew I had it as soon as I started coughing.
“A hospital tested me because I am on the front line. Fortunately, my symptoms were mild. I felt like I had the flu so I was not too bad.
“I was able to drive him home without having to go to the hospital. Now I have returned to normal and happy to return to work to help take care of everyone. “
Beth was overwhelmed by the national outpouring of support for the NHS.
And she wants to win Britain’s Got Talent, her £ 250,000 prize and a spot at the Royal Variety Performance, to give a voice to those who work on the front lines every day.
Beth added, “The country really likes the NHS right now and rightly so. But there are adult nurses, intensive care nurses, who work a lot harder than I do.
“And I just don’t think that we, as front-line staff, get the recognition we deserve.
“Even hospital cleaners are not recognized, but they are so important every day. So it would be amazing if I could be a representative or advocate for the NHS and our hospitals.
“Just being another voice for the voiceless would be amazing. So yes, I’m a little hungry for victory now. “
Beth added, “There is something really powerful about the recognition we get. A lot of people say what is the point of applauding NHS workers when we should be getting more money from the government, which I totally agree with.
“But at the same time – when my colleagues and I hear the applause every Thursday night, it makes us cry because we feel this love.
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“We have felt so neglected for so long. It’s really wonderful that everyone comes together in times of crisis. While music and nursing are the two loves of Beth’s life, she would jump at the chance of a career in singing.
She added, “I have my dream job. I love my job so much but I think a part of me is still wondering what would happen if I continued the music a bit.
“I was just thinking, oh, you know, maybe I should try and Britain’s Got Talent seems like a perfect opportunity as a path to a potential musical career. “
- BGT’s song BETH will be available for download and all proceeds will go to its chosen causes – NHS Charities Together and Great Ormond Street Hospital, a children’s charity. To download or broadcast the track in audio and for more charity, details go to itv.com/bgt
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