Despite another stunning performance, Britain and Britain’s Got Talent judges watched in shock and disbelief as favorite British born Kenyan teen Sarah Ikumu missed out of the final three slots on Wednesday night.
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With only two contestants moving on in Wednesday’s contest, Ikumu who goes by her full names Sarah Njoki Ikumu Gatoto finished in third place when fan votes were announced. She had was placed in top three along with eventual qualifiers Tokio Myers and comedian Ned Woodman.
Ikumu who is a daughter to Kenyan immigrants put up another powerful rendition of Prince’s Purple Rain prompting the judges to gush over the performance.
“You are fearless. What you do isn’t perfect but you put your stamp on something – making something individual,” Simon Cowell said. “I would say in all the years we’ve done Britain’s Got Talent, you are the best singer who has ever come on.”
The other judges in the show agreed with Simon Cowell.
David Walliams added: “That was so extraordinary. You took an iconic song by an iconic artist and put your spin on it. I think the competition might as well go home now.”
Alesha said: “I was literally about to say ‘game over’. Anyone who was asleep is awake now. It was stellar. I agree with Simon, you’re the best vocalist we’ve ever had on the show, period.”
Amanda Holden seemingly lost for words, said: “You were utterly phenomenal.”
However the voting public seemed to disagree voting her up to third place just enough to miss out on a slot at Saturday’s final.
Ikumu’s hopes are not completely over as she could still be picked as the wild card by the end of the week.
After the results were announced, Twitter went into a meltdown disagreeing strongly with the results.
SARAH IKUMU FOR THE WILDCARD. I’M SO SHOCKED #SarahIkumu #WildCard #bgt2017 #BGT
— Abbie Hill (@AbbieHill00x) May 31, 2017
#bgt2017 cant believe @sarahikumu didn’t get through
— claire jones (@curly010) May 31, 2017
#BGT. What’s he going to do? Slag the queen off in royal variety? Jokes aren’t funny. @sarahikumu should have gone through 100%.
— Kaylee Parsons (@KayParsonsXo) May 31, 2017
Seriously wrong result on #BGT @sarahikumu should have gone through with @tokiomyersworld – here’s hoping she gets the judges wildcard
— Christine Firby (@notseenlesmis) May 31, 2017
shocked that @sarahikumu is not through to the final and has to have the wildcard because her voice is so incredible #BGT
— Danielle Rice (@DanixRx) May 31, 2017
Absolutely astounded that @sarahikumu didn’t get through on #BritainsGotTalent tonight. Don’t think I’m gonna bother watching anymore.
— Jamie (@yelrah_quinn) May 31, 2017
The most anger I’ve ever felt about a public vote since Brexit #BGT #SarahIkumu pic.twitter.com/jqfp0vcZ22
— Shana Thomas (@ShanaDidIt) May 31, 2017
When #sarahikumu is the best singer to have ever existed but didn’t win tonight’s semi-final #BGT pic.twitter.com/OBONwuq3L3
— Alecsia (@Alecsia_T) May 31, 2017