Emotional Alesha Dixon sends former Artful Dodger star through to BGT semi-finals
Another Britain's Got Talent semi-finalist has been secured after a tearful Alesha Dixon pressed her Golden Buzzer for singer Lifford Shillingford.
Lifford impressed all of the panel with his emotional performance of A Change Is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke.
However some fans are questioning if Alesha was swayed because of their previous connection; He collaborated on Artful Dodger's 2000 hit Please Don’t Turn Me On and previously toured with Alesha's old band Mis-Teeq.
After an initial buzz from fame where he felt like a 'superstar', Lifford quit the industry because of mental health issues.
However the south Londoner admits he is now finally ready for a return.
He said: "We did Jools Holland, Top Of The Pops but that's when I started to get ill with anxiety and depression. It was one of the most painful things you can imagine'.
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Not sure Alesha should have pressed the golden buzzer ... as they knew each other previously— Keith Park (@diverkeith9) May 12, 2018
Taking nothing away from him but something wrong that the person who pressed the golden buzzer actually knows the guy.— Paul Fleming (@PAFCOYS) May 12, 2018
People saying it’s a fix because Alisha pressed the Golden Buzzer.. Lifford deserves it , sang really well & that’s what’s it’s about talent & he has it.. some people are very mean & cant be positive.. Well done Alesha Dixon— katie (@Catheri97355960) May 13, 2018
Alesha, who looked clearly emotional, said: "You came back with no ego. For you to be on that stage, raw, heart and soul on the stage, you deserve this moment."
Head judge Simon agreed, telling Lifford: "It takes guts, you put your soul on the line, you really deserve this, I'm really happy for you."