Britain’s Got Talent’s rarely seen child star Malaki Paul is unrecognisable nine years after the show

MALAKI Paul left judges in awe when he appeared on Britain's Got Talent back in 2012.

Now nine years later, the child star is unrecognisable, carving out a career for himself in the music and television industry.

Back on the ITV show, the youngster – now aged 19 – gave an emotional rendition of Beyoncé's Listen but things came to an abrupt halt when nerves got the best of him and he broke down in tears.

There wasn't a dry eye in the house as his mother ran out on star to comfort her nine-year-old son.

Judge Alesha Dixon also rushed out from her seat and helped to calm Malaki's nerves before he started his audition again.

Once he'd finished singing there was praise all round as Alesha said he was "a natural raw talent", while David Walliams admitted his performance was a "really special audition".

In the semi-finals, Malaki sang the Alicia Keys hit No-One, with Simon Cowell commenting that "today, you went for a boy to a man".

However his time on the show came to an end when judges had to choose between him and dance troop Nu Sxool.

Shortly after his appearance on the show, Malaki bagged a role in West End musical The Bodyguard, starring alongside Heather Headley.

He has continued with his love of music and in 2019 released a single called SHY with the rapper FarrdaT.

He's also dabbled in some screen work with a regular spot on Idris Elba's Sky comedy drama series In the Long Run.

He's credited as 'Singing Boy' in several episodes, including a Christmas special in 2019.

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