Britain’s Got Talent semi-final one: tears and terrifying acts

It isn't every Bank Holiday that you hear a man in a dress with a glittery moustache sing opera or watch a man in a sequinned suit waltz around with a broom as his partner.

Well, of course, that is unless you’re watching the first live semi-final of Britain’s Got Talent.

Don’t get us wrong, there was talent by the bucket load.

Just not in the form of first act Martin Healy and his broom, Sister Margherita.

The enthusiastic 57-year-old danced around the stage with Sister Margherita to the Sound of Music and then a selection of disco classics.

Simon Cowell said: “At the end of the day, it is you with a dummy – it’s not going to win but it was a fun way to start the show.”

Up next was the hotly anticipated Band of Voices, a group made up entirely of former backing singers.

After wowing judges in their audition with a fresh acapella version of Price Tag by Jessie J and being tipped as firm favourites, there was a lot riding on the band’s performance.

Their rendition of Hit Me Baby One More Time went down well with the audience and the judges, but would it be enough to take them through to the final?

You could tell that Essex dance crew Youth Creation believed that they could make it to the final.

One of only a few acts to put a grin on Simon’s face, the boisterous 33-strong troupe hit out with some Essex banter in-between some stunning dance moves.

Alesha Dixon said: “You’re all trying 100% and giving it your all, you make us want to be on that stage with you.

“You did Essex proud.”

Also giving a united performance were twins J-Unity.

Their rendition of Olly Murs' Troublemaker, had the audience on their feet.

David Walliams said of the twins: “There’s just such a special chemistry between you guys.”

Upping the glam factor of the evening was Bosom Buddies, Bernie and Brenda, aka Mark and Stuart from Manchester.

The singing duo took to the stage in hot pink frocks and eye-watering make-up but were quickly buzzed by Simon before they could get into their stride with Time to Say Goodbye.

The pair finished their performance and were praised by the other judges.

Next came the many voices of Philip Greene, impressionist.

The likeable, and permanently surprised, impersonator perfected the likes of Lorraine Kelly, Stacey Solomon and even BGT’s own Alesha Dixon.

However, not all the judges were convinced by Philip.

Amanda Holden said: “I absolutely love you. There were moments in your act that were fantastic. When it’s scripted it’s not so good. I prefer when it’s just you.”

The eagerly awaited 11-year-old singing sensation Arisxandra Libantino performed I Have Nothing by Whitney Houston.

After her stellar rendition of One Night Only in the auditions it was hard to see where the schoolgirl could go next, but if anything she got better.

Simon said he had a “great time listening to her.”

From sweet and angelic to dark and dangerous, next up was illusionist Aaron Crow, who roped a terrified looking Dec into his trick.

Dec stood with an apple balanced precariously atop his head while Aaron fired an arrow at it.

Thankfully our little Dec was unhurt in the act, which Amanda praised but Simon called “good but not great.”

The final act was one the ladies in the audience, on the judging panel and at home had been waiting for – the powerful and emotive voices of Welsh singing stars Richard and Adam.

The brothers, who work in their parents’ sandwich shop, brought the house down with Somewhere from West Side Story.

Amanda Holden gushed: “When I hear your voices together it is spine-tingling and makes me feel proud to be British.”

Richard and Adam effortlessly sailed through to the Final of Britain’s Got Talent, as winners of the first semi-final of the series.

That left the judges with the tough decision of who to put through between the next two acts with the highest number of public votes.

And don’t you just know it, the cutest two kid acts – Youth Creation and Arisxandra – were the choice to be made.

David and Amanda plumped for Arisxandra and when Alesha chose Youth Creation, Simon knew he had to put the vote to deadlock by doing the same.

He said: “Look, to be honest with you, both acts are winners – you can be very proud.

“I can’t make my mind up and take it to a public vote, so I vote Youth Creation.” In the end, it was Arisxandra who had more public votes and the tearful tween secured her place in the final.

But who else will be joining Richard, Adam and Arisxandra in the final?

Tune in to the second semi-final tonight (May 27) on ITV and STV at 7.30pm.

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