Les Gibson laughed his way into the BGT final after his celebrity impressions went down a storm with the public. The comic fought off fierce competition on the night and beat favourite James Hobley to the public vote.
After thanking the public for his spot in the final, Les stepped aside to let James Hobley and Aeolian Chimes’ fate be decided as the sixth-placed spot was placed in the hands of the judging panel.
Both Michael McIntyre and David Hasselhoff chose James however Amanda went for the bell-ringers as she thought the Queen would enjoy their performance. In the end, the final vote went to Simon who said he was going to "take the show back to planet Earth" as he picked James Hobley and secured his spot in the final.
His semi-final performance, which included impressions of Alan Sugar, Gordon Ramsay, Louis Walsh, Kevin Webster, Ross Kemp and Ant and Dec received a rapturous applause from the audience and the judges.
Les was comic McIntyre’s top choice on week two of the auditions and came up trumps again in his semi-final performance.
“Les, absolutely brilliant, it was really polished…Gordon Ramsay that you didn’t do at the audition was brilliant, you are a real threat in this competition.”
Amanda said: “Your material was funny, your impressions were even better, you are also really fit…I would love to see you in the final.”
Simon added: “It was a really good routine…I think you have a great chance of making the final.”
Even David Hasselfhoff, who struggled to appreciate the act having never seen Ross Kemp or Corrie character Kevin Webster in action also enjoyed it, saying: “I don’t know half the characters but it was still very charismatic and it made me laugh.”
The 41-year-old, who realised his love for comedy at the tender age of 11, has been touring the comedy circuit for 13 years.
Explaining his story, he said: "At school I was quite shy, the other kids would be going off having a sly fag behind the bike sheds and I used to impersonate all the teachers for them. I started doing talent competitions, local ones in Liverpool, and then I started doing the holiday parks."
He continued: “I’m working for myself right now and it can be a very insecure job, it’s hard work, driving up and down the country, wondering where the next gig’s coming from. There’s times when there isn’t as many gigs as usual, you never know what’s around the corner."
Les joins James Hobley, Ronan Parke, Paul Gbegbaje, New Bounce and Jean Martyn as part of the line-up for this Saturday’s final (June 4).
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