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Young duo tackle anti-bullying on television competition


Young duo tackle anti-bullying on television competition

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED May 14, 2014

Charlie Lenehan, 15, and Leondre Devries, 13, are Bars & Melody, and based on the crowd's overwhelming reaction during their "Britain's Got Talent" performance, you should probably remember their names.

Devries rewrote the rap "Hope" by rapper Twista featuring Faith Evans, inspired by his own experiences as avictim of bullying.

"I started rapping because I was having a hard time in primary school. I was getting bullied," Devries tells the judges. "When I used to be down in the dumps, I used to write down my raps. I could express myself through what I was writing down.

"We really want people to listen and hear our lyrics that are in our song," Devries adds.

Watch above as the female judges cry as the audience erupts in a standing ovation.

And stoic judge Simon Cowell's reaction? Cowell sends the boys straight through to the live competition and says, "You know what, I listened to every word --  I think that record could be a hit. I really, really do."


Julianne Cassidy

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Philadelphia-bred journalist Julianne Cassidy relocated to be a Nashville-based digital editor for Scripps Media, Inc.