BGT: Viewers ‘in floods of TEARS’ after singer Mark McMullan dedicates audition to his sick brother

Britain’s Got Talent viewers struggled to hide their tears on Saturday, after auditionee Mark McMullan delivered an emotional tribute to his sick brother Declan.

Fans took to Twitter to praise the Irishman after his stellar rendition of Bring Him Home from Les Misérables, which earned him four yeses from the judging panel.

Before his audition, Mark explained that music had been a ‘great comfort’ to his brother Declan, who suffers from Locked-In Syndrome.

Sweet: Britain's Got Talent viewers struggled to hide their tears on Saturday, after auditionee Mark McMullan delivered an emotional tribute to his sick brother Declan

Sweet: Britain's Got Talent viewers struggled to hide their tears on Saturday, after auditionee Mark McMullan delivered an emotional tribute to his sick brother Declan

Sweet: Britain’s Got Talent viewers struggled to hide their tears on Saturday, after auditionee Mark McMullan delivered an emotional tribute to his sick brother Declan

Upon taking to the stage, Mark explained: ‘Bring Him Home is a very, very personal song for me and my family. ‘Nearly six years ago, my older brother took sick from a brain injury. 

‘He’s here today, but he was left with a condition called Locked-In syndrome, which means he’s trapped inside his own body. The only thing he can really do is hear. My music became a big comfort for him.’

As he began to sing, much of the audience were moved to tears by Mark’s incredible vocals. 

Sad: Before his performance, Mark explained that he had chosen the song in honour of his brother Declan (above) who suffers from Locked-In Syndrome

Sad: Before his performance, Mark explained that he had chosen the song in honour of his brother Declan (above) who suffers from Locked-In Syndrome

Sad: Before his performance, Mark explained that he had chosen the song in honour of his brother Declan (above) who suffers from Locked-In Syndrome

Lovely: As he began to sing, much of the audience were moved to tears by Mark's incredible vocals

Lovely: As he began to sing, much of the audience were moved to tears by Mark's incredible vocals

Lovely: As he began to sing, much of the audience were moved to tears by Mark’s incredible vocals

Sweet: Mark also explained that his brother had been left with the condition after a brain injury six years ago, but still found music a great comfort

Sweet: Mark also explained that his brother had been left with the condition after a brain injury six years ago, but still found music a great comfort

Sweet: Mark also explained that his brother had been left with the condition after a brain injury six years ago, but still found music a great comfort

WHAT IS LOCKED-IN SYNDROME?

Locked-in syndrome is a rare brain disorder that causes complete paralysis of all voluntary muscles except the ones that control eye movements.

Sufferers are conscious but cannot speak or move. Their cognitive function is usually affected.

Locked-in syndrome is caused by damage to the brainstem that contains nerves that transmit information to other parts of the body.

Such damage usually occurs due to a lack of blood flow or bleeding following trauma.

Patients are unable to chew, swallow, speak or move, aside from their eyes, however, they can see and hear. 

Most sufferers are bedridden and dependent on their carers.

Treatment focuses on relieving the underlying disorder, such as bleeding, if possible.

Patients may need tubes to help them breathe.

Small tubes are also inserted in their stomachs for eating and drinking.

Sufferers can be taught to communicate via their eyes.

Source: National Organization for Rare Disorders 

Amanda Holden gushed: ‘You have the most gorgeous tone and quality to your voice, when you listen to the words and you know the background to your story it was beautifully done.’

But it was Simon’s words that proved the most poignant, as he said: ‘He’s lucky to have a brother like you 

‘You brought meaning to that song, you managed to combine a real tenderness and then went into the strengths and I wouldn’t be surprised if off the back of this if you start getting calls from West End producers, I really like you.’

Many viewers were also left in tears by the emotional audition, and took to Twitter in droves to brand Mark a star in the making.

Elated: Many viewers were also left in tears by the emotional audition, and took to Twitter in droves to brand Mark a star in the making

Elated: Many viewers were also left in tears by the emotional audition, and took to Twitter in droves to brand Mark a star in the making

Elated: Many viewers were also left in tears by the emotional audition, and took to Twitter in droves to brand Mark a star in the making

One posted: ‘I have cried at least once at every #BritainsGotTalent episode this season,’ while another added: ‘I had to make my excuses to leave the living room, then blubbed like a baby, in bathroom!’

A third also posted: ‘Wow how beautiful and poignant was that!’

‘Tugging on the old heart strings… Mark McMullan… absolutely fantastic… 100% Golden Buzzer for me,’ another posted.

Amazing: After revealing he was auditioning to honour his late friend Martyn Hett, Rob King also wowed the panel with his incredible rendition of a Eurovision classic

Amazing: After revealing he was auditioning to honour his late friend Martyn Hett, Rob King also wowed the panel with his incredible rendition of a Eurovision classic

Amazing: After revealing he was auditioning to honour his late friend Martyn Hett, Rob King also wowed the panel with his incredible rendition of a Eurovision classic

And After revealing he was auditioning to honour his late friend Martyn Hett, Rob King also wowed the panel with his incredible rendition of a Eurovision classic.

Singing Rise Like A Phoenix, the theatre worker was branded a future star by Simon, who added: ‘It’s like we’re in a movie now, where the guy has been backstage, has through OK I’m gonna take a risk. 

‘I think it’s a huge compliment for me to say you should be in the West End because you’ve got this amazing charisma and energy.’

David added: ‘Rob, I used to work in a theatre as well and everyone who worked there wanted to get on the stage, I’m so glad this show exists and you walked onto the stage today because my goodness me you deserve a chance.’

Stunning? Singing Rise Like A Phoenix, the theatre worker was branded a future star by Simon

Stunning? Singing Rise Like A Phoenix, the theatre worker was branded a future star by Simon

Stunning? Singing Rise Like A Phoenix, the theatre worker was branded a future star by Simon

Touching: According to The Mirror , Rob revealed that he was thinking of his late friend Martyn, who passed away after the 2017 Manchester Arena terrorist attack

Touching: According to The Mirror , Rob revealed that he was thinking of his late friend Martyn, who passed away after the 2017 Manchester Arena terrorist attack

Touching: According to The Mirror , Rob revealed that he was thinking of his late friend Martyn, who passed away after the 2017 Manchester Arena terrorist attack

According to The Mirror, Rob revealed that he was thinking of his late friend while he performed for the judges helped to calm his nerves.

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Martyn was a popular PR manager who passed away after the devastating Manchester Arena terrorist attack on May 22, 2017 after an Ariana Grande concert. 

He said: ‘His friendship, and loss, has been a vital life lesson. He never wasted a second and seized every opportunity.

‘After he was taken, the hashtag BeMoreMartyn inspired people to be more positive and go-ahead like him. I think of him every day.

‘Martyn’s the reason I applied for BGT. He was on my mind as I stood on stage trembling in front of Simon Cowell. He gave me that strength.’

Rob also said that Martyn would attend his pub gigs and sing the lyrics back to him from the audience.

Tough time: Irish duo Dance Dynamics sadly failed to win over the judging panel with their medley of hits

Tough time: Irish duo Dance Dynamics sadly failed to win over the judging panel with their medley of hits

Tough time: Irish duo Dance Dynamics sadly failed to win over the judging panel with their medley of hits

Daring: Jay Rawlings was next to take to the stage in a bid to break a Guinness World Record, by lifting more than nine chairs, and balancing them on his chin

Daring: Jay Rawlings was next to take to the stage in a bid to break a Guinness World Record, by lifting more than nine chairs, and balancing them on his chin

Daring: Jay Rawlings was next to take to the stage in a bid to break a Guinness World Record, by lifting more than nine chairs, and balancing them on his chin

After Irish duo Dance Dynamics failed to win over the panel, Jay Rawlings was next to take to the stage in a bid to break a Guinness World Record, by lifting eleven chairs, and balancing them on his chin for ten seconds.

With the official adjudicator Mark McKinley present, Jay eventually succeeded in breaking the record and earned a thunderous response from the audience.

Of course it now remains to be seen how Jay will top his audition, after earning four yeses from the panel.

Magician Graeme Mathews also won over the crowd with his comedic act, and after inviting Amanda onto the stage as a ‘glamorous assistant’, earned four yeses.

Hilarious: Magician Graeme Mathews also won over the crowd with his comedic act, after saying he'd always wanted to make children laugh

Hilarious: Magician Graeme Mathews also won over the crowd with his comedic act, after saying he'd always wanted to make children laugh

Hilarious: Magician Graeme Mathews also won over the crowd with his comedic act, after saying he’d always wanted to make children laugh

Great show: After inviting Amanda onto the stage as a 'glamorous assistant', the Essex native earned four yeses

Great show: After inviting Amanda onto the stage as a 'glamorous assistant', the Essex native earned four yeses

Great show: After inviting Amanda onto the stage as a ‘glamorous assistant’, the Essex native earned four yeses

Sizzling: And Dutch troupe Angels Inc also got the judges - and viewers - hot under the collar, as they were praised by the judges for their Girl Power performance of magic and dance

Sizzling: And Dutch troupe Angels Inc also got the judges - and viewers - hot under the collar, as they were praised by the judges for their Girl Power performance of magic and dance

Sizzling: And Dutch troupe Angels Inc also got the judges – and viewers – hot under the collar, as they were praised by the judges for their Girl Power performance of magic and dance

Jaw-dropping: As David joked the audition was 'one for the dads,' Alesha countered that it would also be inspiring for young girls

Jaw-dropping: As David joked the audition was 'one for the dads,' Alesha countered that it would also be inspiring for young girls

Jaw-dropping: As David joked the audition was ‘one for the dads,’ Alesha countered that it would also be inspiring for young girls

Non-stop: The girls delivered an incredibly energetic routine, that delighted the audience in the theatre and at home

Non-stop: The girls delivered an incredibly energetic routine, that delighted the audience in the theatre and at home

Non-stop: The girls delivered an incredibly energetic routine, that delighted the audience in the theatre and at home

And Dutch troupe Angels Inc. also got the judges – and viewers – hot under the collar, as they were praised by the judges for their Girl Power performance of magic and dance.

As David joked that it was ‘one for the dads,’ Alesha countered: ‘This is for girls as well, because little girls will be watching you on stage and cheering you on, it makes me proud to be a woman, that was a breath of fresh air.’ 

Simon added: ‘Normally on a magic act mainly it’s been guys with a girl pulling the rabbit out and that is boring. I think what this show is about is hopefully finding a star, and I think you have that.’

Sensational: But it was real-life couple Alex and Julia - or Duo A&J - who brought some drama to the auditions, with their dangerous acrobatic and contortion display

Sensational: But it was real-life couple Alex and Julia - or Duo A&J - who brought some drama to the auditions, with their dangerous acrobatic and contortion display

Sensational: But it was real-life couple Alex and Julia – or Duo A&J – who brought some drama to the auditions, with their dangerous acrobatic and contortion display

Taut: The Ukranian hunk and his Coventry-born partner earned four yeses with their incredible display of acrobatics

Taut: The Ukranian hunk and his Coventry-born partner earned four yeses with their incredible display of acrobatics

Taut: The Ukranian hunk and his Coventry-born partner earned four yeses with their incredible display of acrobatics

Don't try this at home! At one point Alex had even lifted Julia using a band placed in his mouth

Don't try this at home! At one point Alex had even lifted Julia using a band placed in his mouth

Don’t try this at home! At one point Alex had even lifted Julia using a band placed in his mouth

But it was real-life couple Alex and Julia – or Duo A&J – who brought some drama to the auditions, with their dangerous acrobatic and contortion display.

After earning four yeses, David joked that the pair could probably lift him, and so Alex immediately offered to test the comic’s theory. 

David was then lifted several feet off the group by Alex, who used a band that had been placed inside his teeth, which luckily were still intact by the audition’s end.

Scary: After the audition, David joked that Alex could probably lift him, and the performer immediately offered to test the theory

Scary: After the audition, David joked that Alex could probably lift him, and the performer immediately offered to test the theory

Scary: After the audition, David joked that Alex could probably lift him, and the performer immediately offered to test the theory

Lift-off! David was then lifted several feet off the group by Alex, who used the band in his teeth

Lift-off! David was then lifted several feet off the group by Alex, who used the band in his teeth

Lift-off! David was then lifted several feet off the group by Alex, who used the band in his teeth

Dance troupe Iconic then brought the show to an uplifting end, as they performed a medley of some of the greatest artists in history, from Madonna to the Spice Girls to Freddie Mercury.

After admitting that he was not a dance expert, Simon said he judged the acts on which ones he would remember, and said Iconic were something he had ‘never seen before and ticked every box.’

David added: ‘Everyone else might as well just pack up and go home because that was incredible! 

‘It’s a lovely idea that can run and run and run and run because although you picked loads of superstars there’s lots more to do.’

Britain’s Got Talent continues on Saturday 11th May at 8pm on ITV. 

Best till last: Dance troupe Iconic then brought the show to an uplifting end, as they performed a medley of some of the greatest artists in history, from Madonna to the Spice Girls

Best till last: Dance troupe Iconic then brought the show to an uplifting end, as they performed a medley of some of the greatest artists in history, from Madonna to the Spice Girls

Best till last: Dance troupe Iconic then brought the show to an uplifting end, as they performed a medley of some of the greatest artists in history, from Madonna to the Spice Girls

Back soon: Britain's Got Talent continues on Saturday 11th May at 8pm on ITV

Back soon: Britain's Got Talent continues on Saturday 11th May at 8pm on ITV

Back soon: Britain’s Got Talent continues on Saturday 11th May at 8pm on ITV

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