Ravi’s BGT Dream Comes to an End

Henley Youth Festival, co founder, Alfie Hay and his grandson Ravi’s dream of winning Britain’s Got Talent came to an end on Tuesday evening.

Ravi Adelekan was joined by his sister Maya, Alfie and his family and friends in Ravi’s Dream choir to sing Take That’s song Greatest Day in the semi-finals after judge Alesha Dixon gave them her golden buzzer at their audition in January.

Eight-year old Ravi was diagnosed with a brain tumour two years ago and in November 2022 he launched Ravi’s Dream a fundraising initiative for The Brain Tumour Charity and brainstrust charities.  The family agreed to go on BGT to get exposure for Ravi’s Dream and if they won the prize money it would go to the charities.

Alesha after the performance said, “I don’t even know where to start. I mean, the song choice was sensational, one of the best songs that makes everybody feel so good. And I just want to say I’m so proud of you, Ravi. I’m so proud of all of you [and] this wonderful support system you have around you. I felt the love and the power and the power of one person who is so determined with such a beautiful attitude to life. Thank you so much. Thank you. You’re superstars.”

After being announced as being in the top 3, the judges had a split decision between Ravi’s Dream and Haribow a Japanese double dutch skipping group the decision went back to the public vote with Ravi’s Dream missing out on a spot in the final on Sunday.

Alfie said, “We all had a fantastic time. The audience in the Apollo was breathtakingly enthusiastic. I will never forget the roar as we punched the air during the song and confetti fell, the audience leapt to their feet and you could hardly sing as the rush of emotion swept out and over us. Those moments are forever.”

After the decision, Ravi said, “We’ve done what we came here to, which is to raise awareness and make the brain tumour community proud of us.” His sister Maya was seen holding her eyes and crying.  Alfie explained, “Ravi was very sanguine and the words he uttered at the end were his alone. He is a remarkable boy who puts us all to shame with his balanced attitude. Maya, his sister, was as much upset by the incredibly loud noise that overwhelmed her. She covered her ears and that is why she started crying.”

Will they be given a wild card for Sunday’s final? Alfie commented, “It has been suggested that we might get a wild card.  We are however not a choir, so we don’t have a repertoire which we can simply dip into given the need at short notice.  We don’t think we would win based on the semi-final votes which means that we would not get the £250K for the charities which was our prime aim. We have given exposure to the charities, which was the main focus.”

The charity has raised £7,000+ since appearing on BGT this week.  If you would like to donate you can go to https://www.givewheel.com/fundraising/1614/ravis-dream/

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