Britain's Got Talent's Harry Gardner opens up about his nan's tragic death

Harry Gardner.

Harry Gardner has opened up about the sad passing of his nan ahead of tonight's Britain's Got Talent.

This year's auditions saw 16 year old student Harry, a singer from Essex who has been writing songs and playing the piano since he was eight years old, sing for the judges.

Harry performed his original song “Not Alone”, which he wrote after his grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

Speaking before his original audition, Harry said: "The biggest audience I've probably ever performed to as a school assembly so it's a big step up to be here today, it's quite scary."

He went on to tell the judges: "I just want to share my music with other people and see if they can relate."

Explaining his song choice - an original song called Not Alone - Harry told the panel: "It's a song for my nan. My nan was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s three years ago an this song is a tribute for her.

"I did play it to her but she wasn't really aware of what was going on, she looked happy which was nice."

Taking to the piano, Harry's performance had the judges in tears and saw him get four yeses through to the next round.

A tearful Amanda Holden told Harry: "Harry, that really moved me. I really just wished your grandma could see what you've done today because I'm sure she'd be so proud of you."

Tragically, Harry's nan passed away just before the audition made it to TV.

"She was really special, we had such a good relationship, it's something I will always remember," he said today in a candid chat on ITV's Good Morning Britain. "As I say in the song, I never knew it could happen.

"It was really unexpected, but it really brought my family together, which was quite nice. It was very sad."

Harry Gardner.
Harry Gardner.

Harry - who will sing again in tonight's live semi-final - went on to reveal: "I’m hoping to sing my song for her at her funeral. I think my grandad was hoping that I would sing my Britain’s Got Talent song.

“To be honest that’s probably going to be the most difficult performance for me because that’s where it’s going to mean so much and I’m going to be able to connect with that song so much.”

Britain's Got Talent continues nightly on ITV with the live semi-finals.

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