There was a surprise for musician Tokio Myers on tonight’s Britain’s Got Talent 2017 live show when he came face-to-face with his old teacher - for the first time in thirteen years.
At his audition, Tokio told how found music to be an escape during his rocky childhood.
The support of his school tutor Mr. Morgan helped him achieve his dream of attending the Royal College of Music in London.
Now 32, the pianist has become one of the most praised contestants on this year’s series of BGT.
Tonight he returned for his semi-final performance, playing another of his signature blends of modern and classical music.
It earned him a standing ovation from the audience and more rave reviews from the judges.
“You are one of the best contestants we’ve had,” said Simon Cowell. “You’re very unique. I think right now is your time. I’m really, really excited about what’s gonna happen in your life next.”
David Walliams commented: “You’re making this style of classical playing cool. You’ve got the potential to introduce this to a whole new audience.”
Amanda Holden added: “I feel like we’ve witnessed the birth of a brand new composer.”
Following their comments, Ant and Dec asked Tokio what he thought Mr. Morgan would have made of his performance.
“I hope he loved it, I hope he’s watching tonight,” he said.
The hosts then revealed that Mr. Morgan was in the audience, with the teacher standing up to applaud.
It came as a shock for Tokio, as it was the first time he’d seen his former mentor since 2004.
Britain’s Got Talent continues nightly on ITV.