Young 'Talent' star 'can match Susan Boyle'
Published Apr 18 2009, 18:00 BST | By Daniel Kilkelly
Simon Cowell has reportedly predicted that a young Britain's Got Talent
star could challenge Susan Boyle's chances of winning the show.Shaheen Jafargholi
, 12, received
a standing ovation from the audience and praise from the judges when he auditioned for the ITV1
Jafargholi originally attempted to impress the panel with a performance of The Zutons' song 'Valerie', but switched to Michael Jackson's 'Who's Loving You' following encouragement from Cowell. The scenes will be broadcast in tonight's episode.
Cowell has already publicly dismissed
claims that this year's result is a foregone conclusion following Boyle's international exposure
An insider told the Daily Star
: "Everyone is obsessed with Susan, but this lad is great and Simon thinks he could be her rival. It's not a one-horse race just yet."
The source added: "The Jacko song was perfect and Shaheen is another act who could make the final."Britain's Got Talent
continues at 7.55pm tonight on ITV1.