The Glasgow round of the Britain’s Got Talent auditions took place at the city’s Clyde Auditorium on Monday (January 18) and stv.tv went along to get a sneak peek at what kind of acts we can hope to see in this year’s show.
The hunt for the next Susan Boyle got under way early on, as eager auditionees battled the cold, dark morning to fulfil their dreams of becoming a star.
In previous years, all sorts of weird and wonderful acts have made it onto the legendary stage, from fire eaters to acrobats and magicians to acrobats. And if what we saw was anything to go by, it looks like this year’s show won’t disappoint!
Among them was Peter Govan from Leith, who was off to try to impress the judges with his Selkie seal singing combined harmonic overtone singing, performed in ancient Gaelic.
Explaining a bit about his choice of performance for the auditions, Peter said: “I started overtone singing about 15 yeas ago and then from that I started weaving it in with Scottish songs as well, because I was trying to find what the culture inside me was.”
Hoping to win the ladies’ vote – and no doubt catch Amanda Holden’s eye in the process – was singing body builder, James Atchison from Glasgow.
“My act is The Singing Bodybuilder, basically (I’m) singing a song and there’s a bodybuilding theme to it, I’m pumping iron, singing and posing bodybuilding-style,” he told stv.tv’s Gill Harvey.
All-girl group Blok Professional Dance Troupe – who perform at various events round the country, including on the pitch at Rangers games - were hoping all their practice was going to pay off when they took to the stage with a hip-hop inspired routine.
Also hoping to impress the judges was Richard, who had turned up with a home-made instrument, a bottle-o-phone, made from empty wine bottles. Planning to play a medley of drinking songs, the only thing set to hold Richard back was the fact that he’d accidentally spilled some of the liquid out of the instrument, ruining the sound of his ingenious creation!
Also at the auditions were mother and daughter duo, Christina and Louise Malcolm from Buckie, who were there to show off their belly dancing skills, and musician and singer Roberto, who planned to wow the judges with a rendition of Time To Say Goodbye.
Lawrence from Milngavie, an impersonator who specialises in performing as Paul McCartney, also turned up on Monday to try to win a place on the live shows.
And despite running a little bit late for his audition, he stopped to give us a quick taster of what we can hope to see on the show, giving us a quick tune accompanied by his trusty ukulele.
Do you know any of these people? Or were you one of the auditionees at any of the Glasgow heats? Who caught your eye out of this lot? Leave us a comment or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org