Britain's Got Talent 2018: Shameer Rayes through to live shows - but brother Shaquille isn't

Siblings face agonising result as judges keep dancer - but cut singer

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Brothers Shameer and Shaquille Rayes faced an agonising result on Britain's Got Talent 2018 tonight when one of them made it to the live semi-finals - but the other didn't.

The Manchester siblings - who, despite resembling twins, are a year apart in age - both appeared on the ITV show's last round of try-outs tonight.


However, they auditioned separately, with different talents.

First up was singer and piano player Shaquille, who performed 'Crescent', an original song he wrote about his dad.

Although the 20-year-old impressed the judges, they weren't quite sold on the song, or his delivery.

Britain's Got Talent 2018 - Shaquille Rayes
Shaquille Reyes

"You’re very charismatic, you look great, you’ve got a great personality," remarked Simon Cowell. "For me the song was a bit tentative, it could be nerves."

"You do need to work on your confidence, but that will come with experience," added Alesha Dixon.

He was followed by dancer Shameer, who draws inspiration from his mum's own dancing skills.

Shameer Rayes.
Shameer Rayes

The 19-year-old fared better, wowing the panel with a themed routine about a doll coming to life.

"For me it's not about what’s technically good, it’s, 'can you make a statement'," Simon commented.

"What you just did then was really special, I mean seriously, seriously good."

"Your music choices were fantastic," praised Alesha. "I love the fact that you’re a raw, natural, authentic talent, and a breath of fresh air."

Both brothers got four yesses, making them two of the 182 acts shortlisted for the live shows.

As Deliberation Day dawned, the judges faced the mammoth task of deciding which ones to keep.

Only 40 places were available, so the competition was tough - and the Rayes weren't confident they'd make it together.

"There's no question you're through," said Shaquille.


"I hope we've done enough to show what else we have," replied Shameer.

Their fears came true when the hopefuls were grouped together to discover their fates, and Shaquille found out he'd been cut.

"It's just one of those years, a lot of good people. The decision, I'm sorry to tell you, is a no," confirmed Simon.

Shameer was then called to the stage with comedy musician Robert White, daredevil Matt Johnson and magician Maddox Dixon.

Alesha gave them the good news that they'd all won spots in the semi-finals.

"All of you did super well in your auditions. We unanimously decided that you're all amazing, and it's a yes!" she exclaimed.


Though the moment was bittersweet, the brothers put on brave faces in the theatre foyer, giving each other a supportive hug.

The Britain's Got Talent 2018 live shows begin on Monday at 7.30pm on ITV.

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