McFly performed at the Britain’s Got Talent Semi Final this weekend. They surprised viewers by performing their song All About You, which was re-released earlier this year as an NHS charity single, with a choir made up of key workers both on stage and behind them on screen. They also performed their single Happiness, from their upcoming album Young Dumb Thrills.
When asked by Ant and Dec about the performance, drummer Harry Judd explained; “Well we just wanted to do something. We felt pretty helpless like the rest of the nation and obviously the NHS were doing an amazing job.”
The band released a music video for All About You in April as a thank you to the NHS for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic. The video featured band members and their families who danced around their homes, showing the importance of doing your part. All royalties gained from the video were donated to NHS Charities Together. In the video, the band spoke about how grateful they are to the key workers saying; “While we’re going through one of the most challenging times we will ever experience, we know there are some incredible people out there risking their lives every day. Everyone in the NHS; all the carers, all the key workers who are still working to keep this country running, to keep us safe and keep us alive. We owe you so much right now.”
Fan’s loved the BGT performance, with many of them taking to social media to show their support. One fan tweeted; “awww!!! that song just for the NHS. this is so cute, i cant stop smiling, thank you.” Another claimed that McFly were the best talent on the show, including the contestants, one fan said; “If it wasn’t for McFly, I wouldn’t be watching” another added; “Can I vote for McFly tonight please??”
— Joey Kay (@JoeyKay20) September 12, 2020
This positive response comes after Britain’s Got Talent received 15,500 complaints following the powerful performance by dance group Diversity, which narrated the death of George Floyd and showed support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Replying to trolls online, Diversity member and BGT judge, Ashley Banjo said; “For the people sending this: You do not represent or speak for the Great British public. 2. Silence was never and will never be an option. 3. Change is inevitable… Get used to it.” Fellow judge, Alesha Dixon added; “[They] can kiss my black ass!”
McFly’s new album, Young Dumb Thrills, will be out on the 13th of November, you can check out their performance on Britain’s Got Talent below.