It seems we are contractually bound to call Edward Reid “the new Susan Boyle” in writing about him, because, well, everyone else is.
The 35-year-old Scotsman brought the house down on “Britain’s Got Talent” over the weekend with his audition in Glasgow — by singing a soulful mashup of several kids songs. The judges and the audience were giggling at first as he broke into “Old MacDonald Had a Farm,” but by the time he segued from that into “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” and then closed with “If You’re Happy and You Know It,” he earned a standing ovation.
The skeptical-to-rapturous response (and the fact that Reid’s audition, like Boyle’s, took place in Glasgow) has everyone comparing Reid to Boyle. But while we were just as delighted by Reid’s out-of-left-field song choice as everyone else, it doesn’t feel quite the same. That’s primarily because Reid has a more polished stage presence than Boyle did at first.
Although he’s done the nursery-rhyme mashup before, Reid doesn’t seem like a one-trick novelty-song pony. He has a somewhat sparsely populated YouTube channel that features a few videos of him singing along to a karaoke machine in his living room and one of him singing Lady Gaga’s “Pokerface” in front of a small crowd.
The “Pokerface” video was posted a year ago and is the last one Reid uploaded. Despite that, we expect his channel is in for a traffic spike following his “BGT” breakout. Take a look below:
Edward Reid Sings Nursery Rhymes to Run backing…