Croydon rapper Flintz hits Britain’s Got Talent golden buzzer

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golden moment: Taylor Bennett, 17, hugs her rap partner Quacey Goodman (back to camera) as they are sent to the semi-finals live from England has an incredible talent

A 22-year-old dental technician from Croydon, paired with a music mate he met on Instagram during lockdown, received the latest ‘Golden Buzzer’ from the England has an incredible talent series on the ITV show last night.

Rapper Quacey Goodman, who goes by the name Flintz, and 17-year-old pianist Taylor Bennett, from Birmingham, wowed the judges with their impromptu, under-rehearsed number, which clearly emotionally affected many onlookers.

After performing their song, written by Flintz, to an audience of over 2,000 at the London Palladium during their audition, the duo were showered in golden confetti. Flintz and Taylor now have a guaranteed spot in this year’s live semi-finals.

The golden buzzer was triggered by judge Alesha Dixon.

“Nothing makes me happier than seeing young musicians, you had something to say,” Dixon said. “We haven’t had anyone on the show before like you, which is brilliant and they say in life, keep the best to last.”

“I can’t wait to see what you guys do on the live shows now.”

Two stars were born: Flintz (right) and Taylor had only met earlier in the day before their Palladium audition

Chief Justice Simon Cowell was equally admiring in his praise. “It was real, that’s what I loved. It was like a scene from a great movie. It shouldn’t have worked, considering you had never met before today, everything was just awesome.

“It was an absolutely perfect audition.”

Flintz’s rapping, he said, was his appeal to his younger brothers — both in the audience with their families — to do the right things and lead a decent life. The moving lyrics had a resonance that extends far beyond the often troubled streets of Croydon.

There was more than a showbiz fairy tale about how the act happened together, almost by accident. Or fate.

The duo only met for the first time on the day of their audition. The rapper/pianist duo never intended to become a double act, with a mix-up of microphones leading them to team up.

Flintz and Taylor pulled off a brief piano lyric run-through just before hitting one of the biggest stages in entertainment.

The couple initially connected via Instagram during the Covid-19 lockdown in 2020, when Goodman asked Bennett to create a melody to accompany his rap. Living about 100 miles apart, the musical bond remained virtual, until the big day of the BGT the auditions brought them together.

Reportedly, they only officially became a double act when the producers of the talent show accidentally offered them microphones before sending them on stage.

Flintz and Taylor were born.

“A week before the audition,” Flintz said, “I told Taylor to keep a low profile, but I asked if he could help me with the piano keys.

“He found a melody. We had a rehearsal to check the sound.

“Then the producer asked if we both wanted a microphone, it turns out we walked out and introduced ourselves and they thought we were a duo and it just worked out.”

The new act will have had some time to polish their performance ahead of the live shows, which have yet to be scheduled, in hopes of a place in the final where the top prize is £250,000 and a place on this year’s Royal Variety Performance.

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