Hercules melted hearts with his Let It Shine audition. The Robbie impersonator not so much…

Let It Shine, Hercules
(Image credit: BBC/Guy Levy)

Muscle-bound Hercules and a Robbie Williams impersonator took Gary Barlow by surprise for very different reasons in round 3 of the auditions

It's pretty standard practice in talent shows such as Let It Shine that the last auditionee of the episode  is something completely different to what we might be expecting.

Still, we couldn’t have guessed how at odds Hercules Smith’s performance was with his image on Saturday night's round three of the auditions.

Hercules (yes, that is his real name – apparently he was pretty big on his baby scan) had a tough guy look and we totally believed him when he said he’d been putting in the hours at the gym.

But when he got up on stage, he turned into a big softie, weeping as he met Gary Barlow, who he revealed he was a superfan of.

The shocks didn’t end there, though – Hercules gave us a beautiful rendition of Goo Goo Dolls’ "Iris", sung in an operatic style.


Even though Gary questioned whether his voice was right for the boyband part, he couldn’t resist awarding full marks and putting him straight through.

Looks like everyone’s got a soft spot for the gentle giant now.

Gary also had a surreal experience in the same show when a seemingly familiar face came in to audition.

Dan Budd took to the stage to show off his vocal talents, but everyone was a bit thrown by his day job – as a Robbie Williams impersonator.


Viewers thought the likeness was uncanny.

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However, not everyone thought it was a good idea.

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Let It Shine continues on BBC1, Saturday, January 28, 7.00pm.

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