Youngsters melt hearts as they sing with Michael Buble
YOUR heart couldn’t fail to be melted last Thursday as Michael Buble joined in with a Christmas singalong and signing of his version of All I Want For Christmas with a group of children with Down’s syndrome.
The crooner popped up to surprise the children from Wouldn’t Change a Thing, a project which aims to change perceptions of people and children with Down’s syndrome, who appeared on This Morning to make a video of their festive tune.
The video featured 25 families signing and singing along to the festive hit while sat in front of their Christmas trees and dressed in festive jumpers.
Phillip Schofield and Rochelle Humes signed alongside the group which included six-year-old Lucus Evans from Bridgend and 13-year-old James Harris from Barry.
The boys were there with their mothers, Kellie and Kate and had no idea that Buble had recorded a special message for the group.
He said: “Hi everybody, it’s Michael Buble, You know, when I heard that Wouldn’t Change A Thing had chosen one of my songs to sign to I was really moved by it. It’s absolutely beautiful. Check this out.”
Kellie, who has four children including 12-year-old Isabella who has her own signing channel on YouTube, joined Lucus and Isabella on the This Morning sofa.
She said: “We didn’t know he was going to be a part of it.
“It was really exciting to be there, as soon as we walked in we saw Paddy McGuinness, then we saw Keith Lemmon and Isabella spotted Lorraine and Joe Sugg.
“When we were in the studio filming we had no idea how it was going to turn out.”
It was an exciting morning for the families but also it was an opportunity to get an important message out about children with the condition.
Kellie added: “It’s such a good message to get across to people. It’s good to connect with others and support each other.
Kate Harris, who founded the support group Team21 Friends for families with children with Down’s syndrome.
She said: “When James was younger there was no support or social media like there is now, there was a lack of positive awareness about Down’s syndrome.
“When Wouldn’t Change a Thing came into the limelight and we saw the work they were doing we wanted to align with them.
“We want people to know that we are just like their family. We want the best for our children and just to enjoy life.”
Kate, who has two other children Daniel, 14 and Emily, nine, added that James was really excited to visit the This Morning studios and even went shy when Phil pointed to him to say he’d spotted his braces.
As the video ended on the show, host Rochelle Humes was in floods of tears.
She apologised for getting so emotional, saying: “It’s just so lovely.”
And the audience at home loved it too.
One said: “The video for ‘wouldn’t change a thing’ has me crying into my porridge. As someone who cares for an adult with DS, this is SO important”
Another tweeted: “Excuse me while I wipe my tears on my sleeve #ThisMorning That was BEAUTIFUL! Just like all the children!”
“Well #thismorning well and truly got me today! absolutely sobbing! Such a beautiful video for the ‘wouldn’t change a thing’ parents,” another posted.
While one said: “Watching #thismorning in tears at the beautiful video of the little kiddies and their parents singing All I Want for Christmas with @ michaelbuble ...well done everyone, magical stuff”
Isabella and Lucus Evans from Bridgend
Michael Buble stars in a special music video alongside children with Down’s syndrome