27-year-old Danyl Johnson wowed X-Factor judges Saturday night with his audition, performing the Beatles’ “With a Little Help from My Friends.”
After the audition, Simon Cowell said, “That was single-handedly the best first audition I have ever heard.”
Already dubbed by the media as “the next Susan Boyle,” Johnson, a music and drama teacher at Berks in Reading, England, didn’t tell his students he was auditioning for the talent competition. He had previously auditioned for the show in 2006, performing a solo in front of producers, but failing to make it to the next round singing for the judges.
Watch Danyl Johnson’s X-Factor audition video below: