Bars and Melody singer Charlie Lenehan, from Frampton Cotterell, is through to Britain's Got Talent live finals

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A TEENAGER from Frampton Cotterell looks set to be signed by Simon Cowell after the media mogul sent his act sent straight through to the live finals of Britain’s Got Talent.

Singer Charlie Lenehan, 15, has been on daytime TV programmes and taken up countless column inches in the national press after he and rapper friend Leondre Devries won the hearts of the judging panel for their reworked version of Twista and Faith Evans’ hit Hope.

Charlie, from Frampton Cotterell, and Leondre, 13, from Wales, received a standing ovation from the audience before head judge Simon hit the golden buzzer, a new feature on the ITV show this year which allows each of the four celebrity judges to send one act to the live shows bypassing the next round.

Simon told the pair, who call themselves Bars and Melody, at their audition in Manchester: "I think that record could be a hit, I really do. I really really like you two."

He said afterwards: "I like the fact that they wrote their own song based on life experiences. People are going to root for them and they've got this great friendship that is so obvious when you watch them together."

The song was rewritten by the teenagers to tell the tale of Leondre’s experience of being bullied before he moved schools.

Charlie, a Year 10 pupil at Winterbourne International Academy, says he has always wanted to be a singer and had previously uploaded numerous covers of songs to You Tube generating thousands of hits.

The schoolboy was a finalist in last year’s Search for a Star talent contest in Bristol having performed a cover of Adele's Skyfall.

After Saturday’s show, he said: “We really want to help people with our music and show the positive as well as the negative.”

The live shows are expected to start on Monday, May 26.

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