A powerful anti-bullying song was performed by two teen boys and brought the Britain’s got Talent audience to tears, and then to their feet. The two young men, Charlie Lenehan and Leondre Devries wrote and performed a song that is near and dear to their hearts. The self-titled duo call themselves Bars and Melody and they brought the judges to their feet, and got Simon Cowell to push the golden button. This moves them directly into the live performance rounds of the popular show. Leondre explained that he had been bullied in the past, and felt strongly about bringing his message to the world. At just 15 and 13 these two young men have learned more than most about the importance of standing up against bullies. When Leondre was being bullied he said he would write rap songs to take him out of that terrible place, that bullying left inside of him. He ultimately changed schools, and as the song states, he loves school and just wanted to work. Charlie became his friend at his new school where there are no more hurtful events, and his confidence has grown tremendously according to his friend.
As seen in the video below, Charlie is the crooner and Leondre is the rapper, and putting the two together is magic. With lyrics expressing the confusion and the pain of being pursued by bullies leaves the audience in awe of the powerful words. These brave young men came out with a song that cuts right to the heart of the matter from the perspective of the victim. It is not just the words that brought them a standing ovation, these guys have real talent. Charlies voice is beautiful as he croons “be hopeful, I know it ain’t easy, but it’ll be okay’, and it leads right into Leondre’s rap. He speaks of the hurtful words that kids can say to each other, and their bullying of him for the simple the fact that he lives with his Mother and not his Dad. These two are so well spoken that it is hard not to love them even before they sing. Their interaction with the judges prior to singing is absolutely entertaining, and adorable. They speak of their passion for music and their families, as well as their challenging backgrounds.The song is heartfelt and the words are poignant as the crowd chants after the performance to hit the golden button. Watching the judges sit there and look at each other made the crowd chant even louder. The ever cynical and hardened Simon Cowell stands up and does just that, and goes on to tell them that he can see their song being recorded and become a huge hit. As the golden glitter falls from the eaves, you can see the raw emotion on these two talented young men. The judges have no critique just inspiring words for the duo, sending the two young teens praise on their powerful anti-bullying song, as the audience wipes away their tears. The video ends with the boys heads on each others shoulders, and the moment could not have been more perfect.
Opinons by Kristi Cereska
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