Britain's Got Talent viewers were in tears tonight watching a war hero's emotional audition.
Colin Thackery, who served in the 45th regiment of the Royal Artillery, was recognised by judge David Walliams .
The 88-year-old revealed the heartbreaking reason why he was singing Wind Beneath My Wings.
The Chelsea Pensioner explained that his wife Joan had died in his arms on December 2016 after 66 happy years of marriage.
Colin, who has four grandchildren and two children, said he didn't get promoted in the army until he met Joan as he praised her "gentle support".
Speaking to the judges about his wife's death, Colin said: "She was sitting in her chair and she suddenly said "Colin". Instantaneously I knew she was dying and she died in my arms.
"I miss her like mad. I talk to her all the time. Tell her what’s happening.
"If she knew I was on this stage shed be rather chuffed really. She’d be proud. She truly is the wind beneath my wings."
Colin received a standing ovation after his sensational performance, which left many members of the audience in tears.
David said: "Colin, there is not a dry eye in the house. It was the most perfect tribute and you sang with such heart it effected us all deeply."
Giving her opinion, Alesha Dixon said: "Colin I really loved that. You showed to everyone it's never too late to do the thing you love and sing about the people you love."
Amanda Holden said: "All the men and women that fought for our country are the wind beneath our wings. Congratulations, it was a lovely tribute."
While Simon Cowell added: "It was sincere and it was real and you are what the show is about."
Colin got four big 'yeses' and is sure to be one of the favourites going into the next round.
BGT viewers took to Twitter after watching the amazing moment.
One fan said: "Crying my eyes out at this Chelsea pensioner on BGT. Thanks for your service sir"
Another added: "Colin my eyes right now are full of tears !"
A third said: "Crying because that old man is the most precious man I’ve ever seen!"
Colin told The Mirror it was a “bit nerve wrecking” walking out in front of the judges but they were "so nice" to him.
He said: “They’re very kind and they treated me very well, and put me at ease. So I launched straight into my song once it was ready and I’m very pleased that I got a good result.”
Talking about what his beloved wife Joan would say about his BGT audition, he joked: “Well, first of all, she would be highly critical, because that’s that she was.
“Joan had a very good alto voice. In fact, we both sang together in an operatic society. She would have been highly critical, if I’d done anything wrong.
“She was typical northern girl, they don’t say a lot, but they think a lot. But she would have been delighted.”
*Britain's Got Talent airs tonight on ITV at 8pm
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