Having auditioned for this year’s Britain’s Got Talent, Souparnika Nair got great response from the judges for her rendition of Never Enough from The Greatest Showman and she made it through to the semi-finals where she performed Neverland by Zendaya. Previously, Souparnika made her first TV appearance when she was the youngest ever Unexpected Star on Michael McIntyre’s Big Show, where she got the chance to sing I Dreamed a Dream from Les Misérables at the London Palladium. Having started singing lessons at the age of six, Souparnika has been training more regularly over the last couple of years and she has made appearances on radio stations as well as at a number of festivals. Souparnika also runs her own YouTube channel where she often uploads musical content. Recently answering our questions, Souparnika speaks about her experience on Britain’s Got Talent, being the youngest ever Unexpected Star on Michael McIntyre’s Big Show and her plans for her YouTube channel.
How did you find the experience auditioning for this year’s Britain’s Got Talent and can you say how it felt being asked to perform Never Enough from The Greatest Showman and hearing the judges’ response after?
I had an interesting experience auditioning for this year’s Britain’s Got Talent at the London Palladium. I started off with The Trolley Song which was by Judy Garland. Then Simon (Cowell) stopped me and asked me to sing another song. I was definitely a bit nervous but then I sang the popular song Never Enough from The Greatest Showman. During my performance I got a standing ovation from the audience and the judges. I also got extremely good comments from the judges as well. It was one of the best moments in my life.
What was it like getting through to the semi-finals and how did you decide which song to sing?
It was so amazing! I had thought about so many songs for the semi-finals and also discussed with my parents, vocal coach and the BGT team. Finally decided on Neverland (Zendaya) and I believe it was a perfect song choice for me, I really enjoyed singing this beautiful song.
What was it like seeing the response on social media to your performances?
It was amazing to see such good response from people on social media. I got so many compliments and I’m very thankful to the people who supported me through this awesome journey. It is incredible to read messages from many different places across the globe, it wouldn’t have been possible for me without this show.
What are some of your favourite memories from your time on BGT and what inspired you to apply?
My favourite memories on BGT was when I saw the celebrity judges, Ant and Dec and when I got the standing ovation from the audience and judging panel. My favourite memory from the semi-finals was when I first saw the stage backdrop for my performance. It looked spectacular and so pretty.
From when I was four, I’ve been watching BGT, I had a dream to perform on that stage and sing.
You’d previously been the youngest ever Unexpected Star on Michael McIntyre’s Big Show, how was this?
It was a great feeling to be chosen to be the youngest ever Unexpected Star for Michael McIntyre’s Big Show. It was my first ever TV show appearance and I was very excited to perform and sing my song at the London Palladium. Michael McIntyre came to my town and surprised me. I had lots of fun that day and I really enjoyed doing the career day jobs during the surprise part of the show.
How did it feel singing I Dreamed a Dream from Les Misérables to a live audience?
I sang I Dreamed a Dream from Les Misérables on Michael McIntyre’s Big Show at the London Palladium. It was my first TV performance so I was very thrilled to sing, although I was a bit nervous. I Dreamed a Dream is a very famous song so I needed to perform it very well. When I sang the song, I got a big response and standing ovation from the Palladium audience. I was very happy to see the reaction.
Can you say about some of the events/radio shows you’ve performed at?
Singing on BBC Radio Suffolk as part of an Art Festival was so exciting, which was my first Radio live. I sang Patsy Cline’s Crazy which is one of my favourites.
I have performed for the local radio in my home town: Radio West Suffolk for this year’s Christmas Light Switch On event.
I have also performed at many music festivals and events of East of England during the last couple of years. Framlingham Gala Fest, Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre and Colchester Rotary Music festivals are some of those.
Have you always enjoyed singing and performing and when did you start?
I’ve always enjoyed singing and performing in front of people since I was five. Singing is a big passion for me and I have loved it always.
What do you enjoy most about performing?
What I enjoy most about performing is the applause at the end or during the performance and when I’m singing a song. Really, I like everything about performing in general.
Can you tell us about your training in singing and music and what instruments can you play?
I started singing lessons when I was six and more regularly during the last two years. I listen to lots of songs, spend time regularly to learn new songs and do vocal practice with the help of my vocal coach. I am also learning to play piano and guitar.
What music do you enjoy listening to?
I like all types of music, but if I had to choose it would be pop or country singing as some of my favourite singers sing these genres.
What do you enjoy doing away from music?
I have a lot of hobbies. I love reading and I do a lot of that every day. When you read a book you kind of get transported into the story that you’re reading which is what I like most about reading books. I also like playing the piano which is one of the things I do sometimes after school. Another one of my things I like to do is dancing ballet. Recently, I’ve also started playing the guitar which is an awesome instrument.
Can you tell us about your YouTube channel and what plans do you have for it?
My YouTube channel name is Souparnika Nair and I upload my singing videos and cover songs on my channel with the help of my parents. I am planning to do more songs regularly and also wish to do some travel videos when I can.
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