Recently, the country remembered the voice of Gospel as 100 beautiful souls as shook the stage on Britain’s Got Talent. No one doubted even for a second that they would make it directly to the semi-finals. They received a passionate standing ovation after rendering the crowd that was mesmerized with their beautiful rendition of “I’ve Got My Mind Set on You”. It didn’t come as a surprise to anyone that the public decided to crown them with the highest number of votes and they went right to the finals without any hassle.
While every viewer felt a rush as they watched this performance, to a Christian viewer, it was something else altogether. The comments made by the judges after the first audition felt like they had almost been through a transformative experience. This emotion was expressed by all the judges, with Amanda Holden speaking about her elatedness and how it had grabbed her to the extent that it couldn’t get out of her “quick enough”, and David Williams feeling invited to join in. This emotion also permeated across the other judges and the rest of the crowd. Alesha Dixon was more or less left speechless. To her, the voice in the room was everything that she believed to be heaven.
This emotion resurfaced after their performance of last night. All the judges had nothing but praises with which to shower the contestants. David Williams, shouted in joy, certain that he was in some kind of religious “musical ecstasy”. Everything that divided the crowd was blurred and they were taken into a different dimension.. The look of adulation on their faces was unmistakable, and it was abundantly clear, that the 100 Voices of Gospel had won millions of hearts again.
Simon called this choir the best he has ever heard. it was also important to note, according to Amanda, the reasons for the choir coming together. It was more than just physical. There was a spiritual force behind it, a force that guided them. She talked a kind of faith that should be celebrated, and to her that is the only kind of faith there really is.
As mentioned before, David Williams felt invited, and maybe that is what this was all about. Maybe the music sang to those tunes. Maybe it was a calling to join in a cause, to join in something that is bigger than oneself. In Mere Christianity, C.S Lewis speaks of those desires that draw us to a larger truth, a truth that can finally only be God. These are the desires that connect us to the world, but also go beyond that which exists in the natural world.
Perhaps it was this desire that drew David Williams in and reminded Alesha of her heaven, but the one that can but said without a doubt is that the power of music brought a diverse people together and closer to God.