‘Britain’s Got Talent’ Star Simonne Kerr Dead At 31, Man Charged In Fatal Stabbing


Britain’s Got Talent finalist Simonne Kerr is dead at age 31. The songstress was pronounced dead in her London home just after 12:30p.m. on Tuesday, August 15.

According to Metropolitan police, the singer was found with a stab wound and was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Forty-year-old Desmond Slyva, who lived with Kerr, was charged with her murder on Thursday, August 16. The Guardian reported he did not enter a plea during his hearing at Wimbledon magistrates court on Friday, August 17. He remains in custody and has a court date on August 21.

Kerr performed with the NHS choir group B Positive, which is a group made of vocalists who have sickle cell anemia or have loved ones with the disease. The group made it to the finale in June as the Wild Card Act.

The nurse joined the group after her son Kavele, 6, died from the disease.

A spokesperson for Britain’s Got Talent told Huffington Post in a statement, “We are deeply saddened and shocked to hear that Simonne Kerr has died. Our thoughts and condolences are with Simonne’s family and friends during this difficult and devastating time.”

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Simonne Samantha Kerr performed at Britain’s Got Talent final two months before she was stabbed to death

This is the moment Simonne Samantha Kerr took to the Britain’s Got Talent final, just two months before she was stabbed to death.

Kerr was a member of the B Positive choir, the official choir of the NHS Blood and Transplant department who encourage people to donate blood.

During their audition they revealed that the choir are united because they either suffer from sickle cell disease, or have loved ones who have been diagnosed.; Simone’s son Kavele died in 2015 from sickle cell.

Simonne Samantha Kerr (Picture: Blood.co.uk)

Simonne Samantha Kerr (Picture: Blood.co.uk)

Speaking during her time in the competition, Simonne said of her son: ‘I got to spend six wonderful years watching Kavele grow and though there were a handful of hospitalisations in his short life, I was positive that he would live a full life into adulthood. I lost him in 2015.’

She added: ‘Singing can be such an uplifting experience so joining the B Positive choir seemed the obvious way to raise awareness of the urgent need for more young and black people to give blood while doing something positive and motivational.’

The choir lost the final to Lost Voice Guy.

Editorial Use Only - No Merchandising Mandatory Credit: Photo by Dymond/Thames/Syco/REX/Shutterstock (9695749ai) B-Positive Choir 'Britain's Got Talent' TV show, Series 12, Episode 9, London, UK - 29 May 2018

B Positive on stage (Picture: Rex)

Kerr died on 15 August at her home in Battersea south-west London; a neighbour in the wealthy suburb said a six-year-old boy dialled 999 when he found his mum, named on Thursday as Kerr, with a stab wound.

A 40-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder at the scene in Grayshott Road earlier this afternoon.

Inquiries continue and a post-mortem examination will be carried out in due course, Scotland Yard said.

A London Ambulance Service spokesman said: ‘We sent an incident response officer, an advanced paramedic, a single responder in a car and an ambulance crew. We also dispatched London’s air ambulance. ‘Sadly, despite the efforts of our medics, a person died at the scene.’

The stabbing happened inside a flat in the affluent ‘Nappy Valley’ area of Lavender Hill, and a neighbour said the victim had ‘two kids, a six-year-old boy and a three-month-old’.

‘The eldest child is the one that called the police,’ she added.

‘He found her. My friend lives in the flat below and she told me.’

Armed police were seen breaking down the door and another resident said he saw officers leaving the house with a folding stepladder.

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Emmerdale star Thomas Atkinson reveals he was in a Britain’s Got Talent final…as a backing singer

Emmerdale star Thomas Atkinson has revealed he once appeared on a live final of Britain’s Got Talent.

Thomas is now best known for playing murderous teen Lachlan White on the ITV soap, but the actor has dabbled in reality TV too.

Speaking on Thursday’s Good Morning Britain, Thomas said he appeared on stage with duo Bars & Melody in the final in 2014.

He revealed: ‘I was a backing singer on Britain’s Got Talent once when I was younger. Bars And Melody in the final. It was weird.

Thomas joked: ‘It was a dark time in my life. We had to do a little sway.’

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Thomas Atkinson revealed his Britain’s Got Talent past (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

Asked if he would consider a move into music, he said: ‘No I don’t think so. But I like to do all that kind of thing.’

Bars & Melody were made up of Charlie, 15, and Leondre 13, and the pair performed a version of Hope by Twista and Faith Evans.

We had a watch and we think we can spot Thomas on the left hand side. See what you think.

The boys changed the lyrics of the song to reflect Leondre’s experiences of bullying.

During their performance a group of boys and girls came out from backstage and danced on platforms.

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.

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England’s World Cup match against Tunisia is the most watched programme this year so far (Picture: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

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The match, which saw Harry Kane lead England to a 2-1 victory over Tunisia, was watched by an average audience of 13.7 million.

The closing moments of the game, which aired on the BBC, fetched a peak audience of 18.3 million, meaning 69% of all UK TV viewers were tuned in.

An extra three millions requests were made to stream the match online on BBC iPlayer.

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David Walliams is never afraid of being a little bit cheeky – but sooner or later he was going to find himself in trouble.

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That’ll definitely do it.

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Mel B transforms into blond bombshell and Simon Cowell can’t cope

Simon boggles at Mel B’s new look (Picture: NBC/Backgrid)

Mel B has undergone several makeovers during her 24 years in showbiz, but this has got to be the most noticeable.

The Spice Girl has shorn off her long, curly brown hair and plumped for a blond hairpiece, as seen in the latest episode of America’s Got Talent.

But it’s left fellow judge Simon Cowell very confused indeed.

The 58-year-old looked agog as he took his seat on the panel and Mel was quick to question him.

Lost Voice Guy won Britain’s Got Talent by a landslide

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Lee Ridley, who performs under the name Lost Voice Guy become the first comedian to win the show and voting figures for this year’s live shows have been shared online, revealing that it was in no way a close call between the winner and runner up.

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