Singer Aliki Chrysochou was one of the stand outs at the Britain's Got Talent 2013 auditions in London this week.
Try outs in the capital ended on a high yesterday, as the 27-year-old wowed Simon Cowell with her voice.
The half Greek, half British singer was brought up in Cyprus, and told the panel before her performance: “I am blessed that I’m here today.
“A few years ago I was diagnosed with encephalitis.
“Everything I learnt when I was a baby was all gone — all co-ordination and my speech. I couldn’t speak, read, write or walk. My mother had to do everything — feed me and bathe me. She was my voice when I couldn’t speak.
“When I was at the hospital one night she started singing to me. It was the first time I responded — by humming — after a very long time.”
She went on: “Everything happened in a matter of ten days.
“I couldn’t speak, walk or write. It was like a switch had turned off.
“Singing was the only thing I could do after I recovered. I can’t believe I’m here.”
After singing Evanescence’s Bring Me To Life, the crowd of the London Palladium were on their feet.
Amanda gushed: "I can’t imagine what your mum must be thinking. The words were so poignant — the song was for your mum.”
And Simon Cowell added: “There’s something very moving. Having heard your story, everyone wanted you to do well.”
Browse pictures of the Britain's Got Talent 2013 judges arriving for the last round of auditions below...