Antonio Banderas is one of the best actors of his time. Having been in at least 82 movies, he has proven his skills as an excellent and versatile actor. However, what people don’t know is that he can actually sing and he’s great at it.
In one particular performance with Sarah Brightman, Antonio sang “The Phantom of the Opera.” It was a bit surprising given that he has a really strong Spanish accent. Despite that, he was able to pull it off and he did an excellent job.
The performance started with the stage’s lights turning on and off to a piece of intensifying music. It made the overall feel of the venue a lot more mystifying. And just as the lights on the stage went steady, you can see the Phantom, with his black cape and hat, playing the organ.
After a while, Sarah appeared at the left side of the stage. With a spotlight on her, it was mesmerizing to see her walk towards the center. Wearing a black dress, there’s no denying how beautiful and elegant she looked.
Antonio, meanwhile, appeared after her. He was wearing a black suit which totally matched Sarah’s dress. Slowly, he walked towards her before they made strong eye contact. At that moment, anyone wouldn’t be able to deny the chemistry they had.
Sarah is a professional singer who underwent vocal training with the industry’s finest artists. She’s known to possess two types of voices – a contemporary sound and classical voice. She has a really impressive vocal range and in the ending song of The Phantom of the Opera, the highest note she was able to belt out was an E6. Personally, however, she believes that her voice can reach an F6.
Antonio, on the other hand, also has an impressive range which is a bit surprising since he does action films more. And while he wasn’t really a cast for the actual musical play, he starred in a couple of Broadway revivals, such as Nine. He also appeared in Evita in 1996.
The Phantom of the Opera is actually a novel written by Gaston Leroux, a famous French writer. From the first time it was published in 1909, it caught people’s attention. Because of that, it was adapted into different film and stage adaptations which included the 1986 Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical. In its operatic setting, the piece utilized music for foreshadowing and Antonio’s performance captured that perfectly.
Every note on that particular performance was just mesmerizing.
As she returns to the series nine years later, this time on America’s Got Talent, she’s even more fabulous. With her black glittering gown, it wasn’t just her looks that changed dramatically from her first audition. She has clearly honed her talent further.
Susan performed the iconic tune “Wild Horses.” It was one of the songs on her I Dreamed a Dream album and the same song she performed on the 4th season of AGT in 2009. It marked her first ever appearance on US television.
As expected, everyone was so happy to see her back on stage. Simon looked surprised to see her enter the competition. Howie and Heidi stood up from their seats, along with everybody else, to give Susan a really warm welcome.
It turns out that they weren’t the only ones excited for the competition. Susan was also eager to step on the stage and show how much her talent has grown over the years, particularly to Simon.
Before her performance, she shared:
“[I’m] excited to show Simon how much I’ve grown since the last time he saw me. It’s my golden opportunity to have that promise fulfilled.”
And she did not disappoint as she delivered a really outstanding performance. She was able to hit the notes with precision and the emotion she poured into her performance was truly captivating. Everyone in the audience, as well as the judges, were amazed. It’s as if it’s the first time they’ve heard Susan perform.
And with that, Mel B pushed the Golden Buzzer for her, believing that she’s giving Susan something she deserves. She felt really honored to sit down in front of Susan and just listen to her voice.
Back in 2009, Susan made it to the finals of Britain’s Got Talent. However, she was beaten by the dance troupe Diversity, despite being the clear favorite.
Even after what happened, Susan continued to work hard for her dreams. After her loss, she was able to release her debut studio album, “I Dreamed a Dream,” which became UK’s best selling debut album in history. She has also been nominated twice for the Grammy Awards. She appeared in a lot of shows and performed in several events after the competition. She put a lot of effort into becoming a champion for those people who don’t have a voice and those people who are often ignored.
Truly, Susan isn’t just an inspiration but she’s also a champion for all of us.