Marvellous Marvin wows Britain’s Got Talent judges
Former Havering Sixth Form College student Marvin Muoneké was one of the shining stars of the recent Britain’s Got Talent TV show – and even got the thumbs up from superstar Robbie Williams who was in the audience!
Marvin, 22, was part of jazz-singing duo The Ratpackers, who got through the audition rounds of the popular ITV show back in January by wowing the judges with their rendition of New York, New York.
They were then chosen from hundreds of other acts - who all also got the required four ‘yes’ votes - to appear in the live semi-finals on Friday night (June 1st) and by then had changed their name from The Ratpackers to DeMille and Muoneké.
Marvin and his singing partner Dennis DeMille, 52, opened the live show on Friday and brought the audience to their feet with their fantastic performance of That’s Life.
Judge David Walliams said: "Your love of this music is absolutely infectious. You just brought so much joy to the stage tonight. Well done." And Amanda Holden added that the pair were "slick and charming".
Simon Cowell then pointed out Robbie Williams in the crowd behind him saying the singer had made an album of this type of swing music and said he’d be the best judge. Robbie made a thumbs up gesture to the pair on stage, saying that the act was brilliant.
Unfortunately DeMille and Muoneké didn’t make it to Sunday night’s final – the votes went to quirky singing comedian Mickey P Kerr and acrobatic act the Giang Brothers from Vietnam.
Marvin, who studied Music Technology and Moving Image Arts when he attended College from 2012 to 2014, was nicknamed The Jazz Man. He says he began to picture a career in music while at Havering Sixth Form and it was here that he started writing and arranging songs. He was a regular performer in the College Jazz Band before leaving and going on to study Music at Weston College in Somerset.
He told the Recorder newspaper: “When I first moved there I was doing lots of gigs, and I did one at a pub called The Imperial. Dennis was also on the bill for that month, and when he saw there was another jazz singer, he was interested to see what I was like.”
The pair started singing together and their chemistry was immediate. Marvin sees Dennis as a "good friend and father figure" and they take their inspiration for their act from the old songs of the Las Vegas Rat Pack which included Sammy Davis Jr and Frank Sinatra.
Marvin said: “This whole experience has opened my eyes to the world of theatre and television. I want to perform across the world.”
See DeMille and Muoneké’s performance on the live semi final: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkbL37wl0Ac
See more about Marvin on our Alumni - Where Are They Now? page.
Photos: Tom Dymond/ITV and YouTube