Andrew Johnston, the teenage choirboy who impressed both judges and viewers on Britain’s Got Talent in 2008, was reportedly charged of raping two women in 2020 and has since appeared in court
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A one-time Britain’s Got Talent finalist has appeared in court accused of raping two women.
Andrew Johnston, the choirboy who landed a £1million record deal after appearing on the ITV show, did not enter a plea when appearing before Westminster magistrates earlier this week, after reportedly being charged with two rapes in 2020.
Johnston, 27, rose to fame when he appeared as a boy soprano on the second series of the UK television talent show in 2008 – moving judge Amanda Holden to tears with his performance of Pie Jesu.
He failed to win the talent competition but went on to begin a successful career away from the show – releasing a top five album with Simon Cowell’s label Syco Music label the same year he first appeared on Britain’s Got Talent.
In September 2009, Johnston announced a hiatus from music as his voice had broken, changing him to a tenor. After a break from the spotlight, he joined the National Youth Choir, following his voice further developing to a baritone.
Now, the singer appeared in court on Wednesday, after being charged with two rapes in 2020.
Johnston, 27, of Carlisle, allegedly raped one woman at an address in West London in November 2019.
The one-time Britain’s Got Talent finalist is further charged with sexually assaulting her in March 2020.
Johnston is also accused of raping another woman in a flat in South London between January and February 2020, according to the same publication.
He did not enter a plea when he appeared before Westminster magistrates on Wednesday and was granted bail, pending a plea hearing on 7 September at Southwark crown court.
Over recent years, Johnston has been working a manual labour job alongside continuing his music career.
Speaking in 2019, he told The Sunday Post: “Since 2017 I’ve been working full-time as a roofer. I’ve also been having singing lessons in Manchester to prepare for auditions.”
He also has a black belt in jujitsu, with The Carlisle newspaper News and Star reporting in September 2012 that Johnston had become the youngest person in the world to be granted a licence to teach the sport.