Have you ever envisioned a sultry, jazz-infused rendition of The White Stripes’ iconic anthem “Seven Nation Army”? It might seem like an unlikely match given the original’s gritty rock vibe and Jack White’s powerful vocals. Yet, in 2018, Aleksandar Mileusnic dared to reimagine the song in a seductive swing style during his audition for Britain’s Got Talent.
At 23 years old, the Stevenage native appeared poised as he approached the stage, concealing his inner nerves and self-doubt beneath a facade of confidence. Despite performing since the age of 17, Mileusnic had yet to secure a record deal to launch his career, placing his musical aspirations on hold. But with a baby on the way and the prospect of a life-changing £1 million prize, he was determined to seize his moment.
With a jazz piano accompaniment, Mileusnic delivered a captivating performance, gradually building momentum and showcasing the depth of his vocal prowess. The crowd erupted with enthusiasm, recognizing the brilliance of his rendition. His audition video garnered over 6 million views on YouTube, a testament to its impact.
Advancing through the competition, Mileusnic continued to impress, offering another swing-inspired cover of Blackstreet’s “No Diggity” in the semi-finals. Although the judges praised his talent and stage presence, public votes placed him fourth, ending his BGT journey.
Nevertheless, Mileusnic’s appearances on the show opened doors for him as a professional singer and songwriter, allowing him to provide for his growing family. Undeterred by setbacks, his determination remains unshaken, proving that not even the might of a “seven nation army” can hinder his pursuit of success.