Britain’s Got Talent child star turns down Love Island 17 years after finding fame

Britain’s Got Talent child star turns down Love Island 17 years after finding fame

Connie Talbot made her priorities clear when she was asked to take part in Love Island (Credits: Ken McKay/REX/Shutterstock)

Britain’s Got Talent star Connie Talbot was offered a place on Love Island 17 years after first finding fame but decided to reject the ITV show.

At just six years old, Connie bounded onto the stage and showed Simon Cowell, Piers Morgan, and Amanda Holden her beautiful voice.

Her rendition of Judy Gardland’s Over the Rainbow drove Amanda to tears, and she admitted to being a ‘complete mess’ after the performance.

Famously hard to impress Simon told the youngster she was ‘fantastic’, and the young hopeful sailed through to the next round. Her vocal talent, which was beyond her years, took her all the way to the final in 2007 before she eventually finished as a runner-up to Paul Potts.

That didn’t stop her from selling 250,000 copies of her debut album, which reached number one in three countries and made Connie the youngest-ever solo female artist to enter the UK charts.

Nearly two decades later, Connie, now 23, is still releasing music and she’s so focused on her goals that she even rejected Love Island.

Connie competed on Britain’s Got Talent in 2007 (Picture: Ken McKay/Shutterstock)

Connie is grateful to Britain’s Got Talent (Picture: Instagram/@officialconnietalbot)

‘I got asked to go on Love Island, which is completely alien to me. I’m just focused on music and television is like a whole different thing really,’ she told The Sun.

‘I respect it as a show, but it’s just not for me. I couldn’t do it, and it’s not my dream.’

After previously being signed to Rainbow Recording Company, she’s now releasing songs as an independent artist, including EP Growing Pains, and is enjoying the freedom it grants her.

Love Island isn’t Connie’s dream (Picture: Jonathan Hordle/ITV/Shutterstock)

Connie released her own albums after finding success on the ITV show (Picture: Nils Jorgensen/REX/Shutterstock)

Although she’s grateful to Britain’s Got Talent for the experience, it’s taken her a while to fully embrace that part of her life.

‘I think there was a time where I was like “I’m going to completely change the way I look, and just not talk about BGT, just totally blank it out of my life”,’ she honestly shared.

Connie added: ‘I sort of embrace it a little bit more and just appreciate that people will always sort of remember me as that little girl, which is fine.’

Britain’s Got Talent has helped Connie reach this place in her career (Picture: Instagram/@officialconnietalbot)

Connie returned to the franchise in 2019 and competed in Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions and then America’s Got Talent: The Champions the following year. Her various successes on the show have helped her to become the musician she wants to be now.

‘I feel quite privileged that all that work that was put in as a child is allowing me to still be an independent artist today and do something that I love every day,’ she stated.

Connie will be performing three intimate gigs in Birmingham, London, and Manchester during September.

Britain’s Got Talent is streaming on ITVX.

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