It’s been seven weeks already since the start of the Britain’s Got Talent auditions and talented and not so talented acts up and down the country have turned out to prove that they have what it takes to go all the way.
This week’s show saw the last of the auditions before the first live semi final tonight, and my oh my were there some eye popping acts in store for the judges.
Kicking off the show, the first act, the Aquabatique, forced the grumbling judges to go outside for their audition. In the pouring rain the team of four former synchronised swimmers gave an Olympic inspired performance that had the judges and audience cheering despite the soggy conditions.
An impressed Simon said: “Tell you what I liked about the act is that I got kind of patriotic.”
Returning to the stage the judges were faced with Martyn Crofts, a Dalek impressionist. Clutching a saucepan the 42 year old from Skipton threatened to exterminate Simon when he gave him a no vote.
New mum Amanda was in stitches though and told Martyn: “I loved that! …it’s variety and that’s what Britain’s Got Talent is all about.”
It was out of the frying pan and into the fire as the fab four were then confronted with Lucky, a singer and contortionist whose mind bending performance left them all as bewildered as Martyn’s Dalek impressions!
Lucky performed I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself by Dusty Springfield, simultaneously singing, playing the guitar, and literally tying herself in knots.
Simon said: “I always thought if you could combine those elements you’re going to make a fortune! I’ve never seen anything like that before in my life.”
Other acts to make the grade were dance troupe Area 51, percussionist Michael Fish, and singer Rachel Knowland.
Glaswegian laser harpist Greig Stewart also impressed the judges. Comedian David Walliams was an immediate fan telling the self confessed geek: “You are the best laser harp player we’ve ever had on Britain’s Got Talent!”
Swedish magicians Brynolf and Ljung achieved the impossible by pulling off what they called the world’s most difficult card trick, and getting Simon to apologise in the process! The delighted duo made it through to the next round leaving the judges and audience open mouthed with their amazing magic trick.
One double act that failed to impress were Like Mother Like Daughter, a mother daughter duo from Kent who failed to set the stage alight with their performance of Plan B’s She Said. 14 year old Abi looked less than enthusiastic while her mother gave it her all, but in the end Simon suggested the pair stick to being family rather than a family act.
The final auditionee, comic Gatis Kandis from Latvia, proved to be less side splitting and more opinion splitting after his performance left the judges and audience divided.
Simon dubbed him the “funniest unfunniest comedian I have ever heard in my life” going on to say: “absolute rubbish but it actually really, really made me laugh.” But funny or not Gatis went through to the next round so it looks like he had the last laugh.
After having sat through thousands of auditions it was then time for the four judges to do some serious thinking. The fab four were confronted with the impossible task of whittling down the contestants to just 44 who would make it to the live semi final shows.
For many it was the end of the road, but among those lucky few were Scottish singer Paige Turley, opera singers Jonathan and Charlotte, basketball gymnasts Face Team, musical trio the Loveable Rogues, dancers Nu Sxool and Twist and Pulse Dance Company, and swimmers Aquabatique.
Phew! It looks like it’s going to be an action packed show tonight for the first of the live semi-finals, tune in for all the action from 8pm on STV.
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