If you’ve spent much time watching television, chances are you’ve seen at least one reality competition show in your time.
Though the trend started with shows like Survivor and American Idol, the musical and talent-related shows seem to have won the day in the current era. Anywhere you look, you’re bound to see a talent competition show of some kind.
If you like a more straightforward singing show, you might like Idol or another show like The Voice. On the other hand, you may want a show with a wider range of talents and competitors.
In that case, the best fit is probably the Got Talent franchise.
Although many of us are probably familiar with America’s Got Talent, the show is actually an international franchise with many versions around the world.
The basic format of the show has contestants come out to perform their talent for a panel of judges. Though people on the show can perform however they like, some of the most successful contestants often have some kind of backstory that informs their audition.
As they perform, the judges size them up and vote them forward if they like them. If they’re not up to par, the judges hit their buzzers to send the contestant packing.
The performance we’re talking about today came from the 2019 season of Spain’s Got Talent.
As the clip begins, one of the contestants is led out onstage by one of the show’s staff members.
His name is Ruben Jordan, and he’s only 23 years old. It’s clear that the contestant is not particularly used to performing in front of big crowds and he seems nervous or apprehensive.
Even so, he introduces himself and takes a seat on the stage with his acoustic guitar. Next, he gets in position and takes a couple of careful strums to make sure everything is working correctly.
Everything sounds right, so he sets into his performing his song.
Although plenty of performers on the show try to wow the judges with fast or complex playing, Jordan’s approach is so different.
Instead of rushing through it, he plays a beautiful and haunting melody much more slowly. It’s clear while watching him that he feels every note and every nuance in the music.
Though there’s definitely some complexity in what he’s playing, the real effect is a lot more emotional and a lot more subtle. His style is a classical, finger-picking style that picks up as it goes along.
While the beginning is relatively slow, Jordan gradually picks up speed and intensity throughout.
As the composition takes shape, some of the judges seem like they’re about to start crying while watching him.
It’s clear that his style is extremely confident and extremely precise. When it’s all over, the whole crowd gets on their feet and gives him a round of applause. Even more strange is that Jordan himself has tears in his eyes after performing!
In the same way, the judges now have tears in their eyes. As one of the judges says, his composition even reminded her of the beauty of her own childhood! Before long, he gets four yeses from the panel. Needless to say, most performances on the show aren’t as moving as this one is.
Congratulations to Ruben Jordan on striking a chord in the judges’ hearts! Watch the full performance in the clip below:
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Source: YouTube/Spain’s Got Talent