Let It Shine: Hunky Hercules Smith breaks down after emotional audition

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A hunky singer called Hercules gave a heartbreaking performance on Let It Shine tonight.

33-year-old Hercules Smith from South Africa is a "better singer than Gary Barlow"... according his own daughter, at least.


He revealed before his audition: "As a young kid I was the tiniest and smallest boy in school with such a big name."

An he said: "I love your work, Gary."

Hercules went on to perform a unique cover of Iris by Goo Goo Dolls for the judges and walked away with 16 stars, enough to see him through to the next round.

Amber Riley gushed: "What that performance did not lack was passion you blew me away with your voice and I absolutely loved you."

Gary Barlow declared: "You have an amazing talent there sir, the passion is absolutely beautiful."

Awarding a perfect 5 points, Gary added: "You're perfect for this business."

Martin Kemp concluded: "There's s saying about lifting the roof off the house and that's what you did, it was a great performance, you should be so proud."

A touched Hercules broke down in tears and sobbed: "I've been chasing my dream for a long time so it's kind of nice to get the recognition."


Graham Norton comforted: "Well done, you did it Sir, you did a great job."

Let It Shine continues Saturday nights on BBC One.

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