Jafargholi lives with his mother Karen who is separated from his Iranian father.[1] Jafargholi is in ‘Year 7′ of the Dylan Thomas Community School, [2] (previously in Terrace Road School[3]) and also attends the Mark Jermin Stage School on Saturdays, [4] all in Swansea. He was featured in a BBC Wales documentary series called Starstruck where cameras followed children of the stage school for six months.[1][5]

[edit] Appearances

Jafargholi plays the character Troy (Jason’s neighbour) in the children’s television series Grandpa In My Pocket, [6] [7] he has previously acted in the Torchwood episode “Greeks Bearing Gifts” playing Danny – the child of a crazed gun-wielding father [8] and was in an episode of the medical drama series Casualty playing Christy Skinner, a patient with incurable hiccups. [1] Jafargholi has also toured on stage as a young Michael Jackson in Thriller Live. [3] [9]

Minor work [3] includes UK touring productions of Macbeth (character – Son of Macduff), The King and I and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (choir); uncredited roles in Mine All Mine, A Way of Life, a short film called Day at the Beach. Minor TV appearances [3] include The Frank Skinner Show, Nickelodeon UK and ITV Wales News in which he was involved in the celebration to switch on the Christmas lights in Swansea city centre in front of 30,000 people.[10] Jafargholi has also taken part in advertisements for Delta Airlines, Debenhams and DFS, [11] he was selected to appear in a Walkers Crisps advert with ex-footballer Gary Lineker but the advert was cancelled. [1]

[edit] Britain’s Got Talent

Jafargholi took part in Britain’s Got Talent, Series 3, Episode 2, one of the episodes when Simon was in a bad mood. His first audition song was the Amy Winehouse version of “Valerie“. Simon Cowell brought it to an abrupt end after two lines and remarked: “You got this really wrong.”[1] He asked what else Shaheen sings; Shaheen named Michael Jackson‘s “Who’s Lovin’ You“, which he also sang on the Thriller Stage Tour. As he began singing this song, with its higher range and slower pace more suited to his ability, the audience cheered and rose to their feet.

Jafargholi’s previous experience has led to criticism by some fans of Britain’s Got Talent as they believe the competition should be open to amateurs only, in response a spokesman for the show said “Britain’s Got Talent is open to everyone whether they are professional or amateur. What Shaheen has done in the past has no bearing on his role on Britain’s Got Talent.” [10]

As a result of his appearance in the talent contest, Jafargholi has been signed to present a one-hour show on his local radio station Swansea Bay Radio, broadcast director Andy Griffiths, said: “Shaheen will take centre stage in our bank holiday schedule. He will present it himself, picking his favourite songs, talking about his experiences on the show and offering advice to other kids on how they can succeed.” [12]

He performed for a second-time during the semi-final singing ‘And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going’ from the musical ‘Dreamgirls’. Shaheen impressed the three judges including Simon who said he would “undoubtedly be in the final”. During the results show, the decision was between him and a dance troupe called MD Showgroup. Simon Cowell put through MD, but Amanda and Piers put Shaheen though, therefore he will be performing in the final on May 30.