Inside BGT star Akshat Singh’s past fame with appearances on Ellen and India’s Got Talent


BRITAIN’S Got Talent star Akshat Singh left viewers outraged last night when they learned that he already has a glittering showbiz career, with appearances on Ellen and India’s Got Talent, under his belt.

The 14-year-old dancer won Ant and Dec’s Golden Buzzer following his energetic audition, with Akshat’s routine leaving Simon Cowell speechless.

Akshat Singh won Ant and Dec’s Golden Buzzer in last night’s BGT
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However, this is far from Akshat’s first venture into stardom, previously shooting to fame in 2011 at the age of five after a video of him dancing in his underwear went viral online.

The dancer was filmed busting some moves in his family’s native Indian home – and three years later he received international fame when he auditioned for India’s Got Talent.

At just eight years old, Akshat left the celebrity judges stunned with his stand-out routine and over-expressive face.

Judge Karan Johar commented on the schoolboy’s weight, telling him: “I’m in shock. This agility, for this weight, is outstanding.”

Akshat’s India’s Got Talent audition secured him international fame
The young boy was invited onto Ellen in 2014

Malaika Arora Khan added: “Nobody else has this rhythm.”

His audition video soon generated a million views, and was covered on Good Morning America, CNN, and E! Online – to name a few.

As a result of his viral status, Akshat was invited onto Ellen, where he rode into the studio riding a toy motorbike and dressed in an Indian policeman outfit.

The little star delighted fans when he bust out some of his signature moves – including the pelvic-thrust.

Akshat was interviewed on the show


Speaking about India’s Got Talent’s upcoming semi-finals, Akshat told Ellen DeGeneres at the time: “I’ve gone to India’s Got Talent only to show my whole talent to India that ‘motu’ [chubby person] can also dance.

“I dance every day for three hours, and I eat more.”

He then added a Hindi phrase, which his interpreter translated as: “If there’s no gas in the car, how will the car run?”

The little boy later revealed that he didn’t know who Ellen was before he had been invited to the US to appear on her show, saying of his time on the programme: “I had a lot of fun.

Akshat appeared in a Japanese TV advert for Pari Pari Curry
The dancer on India’s version of Strictly Come Dancing

“I was so excited to go to America to celebrate Valentine’s day and I found a valentine… Ellen.”

Akshat has also appeared in a Vodafone advert, which was inspired by his favourite Bollywood actor, Salman Khan.

The schoolboy has previously said of his idol: “Salman and I have one thing in common: all girls are after us.”

He went on to star in a Japanese TV advert for Pari Pari Curry.

Akshat’s fame has even seen him go on shows in Australia
He performed on Little Big Shot in 2017

In addition to India’s Got Talent, Ellen, and TV commercials, Akshat has also appeared on dance reality show Dance Bangla Dance, as well as an appearance on India’s Strictly Come Dancing, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, in 2014 – where he won the golden shoes trophy.

In 2015, Akshat even made his acting debut in Malayalam romantic comedy Ayal Njanalla, playing Mottu, going on to play Arnold in 2018 film Lakshmi.

Britain’s Got Talent isn’t Akshat’s only dabble in international talent shows, with his viral fame seeing him get invited to perform on Australian show Little Big Shots in 2017, a popular talent show for young people.

Akshat made his film debut in 2015
The star in 2018 film Lakshmi

The young boy made his first BGT appearance last night, telling the judges: “I have two mottos in life – to make everyone happy and to show everyone that nothing is impossible.”

He received a standing ovation from Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon.

The hosts’ golden buzzer means that Akshat has now been fast-tracked to the ITV talent show’s live semi-finals, which will air later this year.

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