Joseph Mangion’s beatboxing antics quickly elevated him to meme legend this time last year, but last night, the fireworks fanatic and ex-police officer was back like never before on the Malta’s Got Talent stage.
All smiles and with many at home knowing exactly what he was about to do, the 62-year-old man ran the judges through some old classics, along with some new additions!
Before his performance aired, though, Mangion sat with the MGT crew to give the nation a look into his life… and it didn’t take long for it to get very emotional.
From choosing his uncle’s nickname over his dad’s to the story of how he ended up working just outside Castille in one of the most revered stations for a police officer, Mangion finally offered everyone a look at the human side of the beloved meme, and we were all ears and hearts as he talked about only wanting to make people happy.
“I’m sorry,” he said, tearing up. “I was always a police officer of the people. I always used to buy the kids chocolate. I had a lot of respect, because I used to serve everyone. I’m lucky to be able to appreciate life, to love people. I’m sorry, big fellows cry.”
“It’s amazing to be participating, I can’t imagine what I’d feel if I actually won,” he smiled, slightly tearing up again.
It was finally time for the pensioner’s big moment, and boy did he deliver. Barely able to contain a laugh or two himself, Mangion ran us through everything from the bumbas tal-kulur to the glorious kaxxa. At the end, he gave even his hardcore fans something they had never seen (or heard); a failed firework that did not manage to make any noise because it wasn’t properly set off.
Complimenting him for his ever-cheerful nature – and even requesting a selfie with the legend himself – the four judges praised Mangion for his performance, thanking him for cheering them up and ending the episode in style.
The result? Four instant yeses, of course!
Tag someone who needs to watch this to properly start their week off!