Talented Pippa Langhorne revealed today she started singing to try and cheer up her mum after her granddad died. The songstress wowed the Britain's Got Talent audience and judges on last night's second audition show, performing Pie Jesu with her puppy Buddy at the Birmingham auditions.
The 21-year-old, who is unsurprisingly a former model, told News Of The World: "Until 18 months ago I never even knew I could sing, I never bothered with anything like that. But my granddad died suddenly and it affected everyone terribly. My mum was in the kitchen listening to songs that reminded her of him and I thought it'd be nice if I could try and learn one and sing it to her. I wanted to make her laugh.
"So I sang O Mio Babbino Caro, my mum's favourite song, which translates into 'Oh my dear papa'. As soon as she heard me, mum said, 'Where did that voice come from?' I just laughed and said, 'What are you talking about? There's nothing there.'
"But she said, 'No, seriously, that's quite clever.'"
Since, Pippa has gone on to make her singing into a full time job, even singing the national anthems at an England vs Italy rugby match.
But how did the dog get involved? "I was rehearsing for a wedding in my kitchen and Buddy put his paw on my knee, rocked his head back and let out a wail," Pippa tells the tabloid. "When I went loud he went loud, and when I went quiet he did. I couldn't stop laughing. I'm now trying to train him to do other songs than classical... but he doesn't like pop music."