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Britain's Got Talent stars prove Port Talbot definitely has got talent!

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 31, 2014

  • Main picture, Leondre Devries with Charlie Lenehan on the show, and, inset, right, Leondre during the performance; Left BGT winner Paul Potts; Below, Nu Sxool, left, and Preskool.

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IT'S a record that most towns certainly can't compete with.

Because for the third time in a row Port Talbot will be represented in the grand final of television's Britain's Got Talent. And that doesn't even include the talent show's first ever winner from 2007 — Paul Potts, who lives in the town.

Bars and Melody, which is made up of young Port Talbot rapper Leondre Devries, aged 13, along with South Gloucestershire singer Charlie Lenehan, aged 15, sailed through to next Saturday's final.

As well as Potts, the duo are following in the footsteps of popular groups Nu Sxool and Preskool, who both danced their way into grand finals over the past two years.

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Leondre's dad Antonio Devries said they were brilliant when they performed live for the fourth semi-final on Thursday night.

"I was speechless," he said. "The song was amazing as it spoke to everybody. I am so proud of him.

"Simon Cowell had tears in his eyes. He looked like he was emotional."

After taking to the stage with an adapted version of P Diddy hit I'll Be Missing You, the youngsters received a standing ovation from the judges.

Alesha Dixon said: "I think you guys are on your way to something really special."

Simon added: "I think they did amazing. The rap was amazing, the message was great. What I love about you two is that you're real. . .you're so likeable."

The audience agreed with the judges as the duo received the most amount of votes and are now in the running to win the show.

Their first audition, which gave an anti-bullying message, has been seen on YouTube by more than 27 million people.

But Mr Devries said Leondre was still taking it all in his stride. "He is just calm about it. I just spoke to him on the phone and he is just looking forward to the final," he said.

"They have got something prepared and are planning already."

His anti-bullying message is also getting through. "I am so proud," said Mr Devries. "He has helped so many children. They have had lots of messages from people who have had bullies approach them who have apologised. It is inspiring. People can relate to the songs."

Mr Devries said family and friends were all delighted for Leondre.

"Everyone is excited for him," he said. "He is just going to do what he can do and if the public like it he will be happy. It is more about expressing himself than winning."

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