The Britain’s Got Talent final caused both tears of delight and disappointment tonight, as Ashleigh and Pudsey were named the 2012 champions.
The uber-cute act, which featured 17-year-old Ashleigh and her six-year-old pooch, were named the winners, beating other hugely talented performers including runners-up Jonathan and Charlotte and third-placed male choir Only Boys Aloud.
The win came after a tremendous effort on the duo’s part; they went up against thousands of other hopefuls just to make it through the auditions stage of the contest, before going on to stun at the semi-final stage.
And tonight Ashleigh and Pudsey sealed the deal, with a Mission Impossible-inspired performance.
Wowing the judges with their third original performance, the pair certainly proved that the saying “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is not true! Watch it now.
The pair, who clearly impressed the audience at home too, won after viewers got on the dog and bone in their droves and voted them into first place.
While there was delight for Ashleigh and Pudsey, opera duo Jonathan and Charlotte would be forgiven if they were ever so slightly disappointed that they lost out on the winner’s title.
From their very first audition, the pair had been tipped to become this year’s champions, and bookmakers around the country had also been offering odds that the pair were the most likely to win this year’s show too.
Jonathan and Charlotte gave perhaps their strongest vocal yet tonight, returning with the song they first performed during the auditions, The Prayer. But it wasn’t good enough to win them the top spot, and the opera singing duo were named runners-up. It’s still extremely impressive – just look at worldwide singing sensation Susan Boyle, who came third on BGT in 2009! Check out Jonathan and Charlotte's final performance just now.
Meanwhile male choir Only Boys Aloud placed third following tonight’s grand final, after the Welsh singing group gave a spine-tingling rendition of the song Calon Lan.
The choir – which is made up of 141 boys aged between 14 and 19, as well as choir master Tim Rhys Evans – chose to perform in Welsh, giving judge Alesha Dixon shivers, and winning praise from all four judges. Check out the performance.
As well as the first, second and third-placed acts, eight other talented acts performed during tonight’s grand final.
One of those was Aquabatique, a synchronised swimming group, who performed a high-energy routine in a glass tank situated outside the TV studios!
The girls put their all into the performance, but got mixed feedback from the judges.
Also hoping for success tonight was Irish singer Ryan O’Shaughnessy, who managed to win a standing ovation for his performance of song No Name, written about unrequited love. David Walliams dubbed it “the most emotional performance we’ve ever seen on BGT”. If you want to see why the judges were so impressed, check out Ryan’s performance.
Another solo vocalist hoping to sing for success tonight was Sam Kelly, who chose to perform Rascal Flatts hit Bless the Broken Road.
All the judges loved it, with Alesha particularly impressed. She told the 19-year-old: “Sam that was just gorgeous, your vocals are so smooth I think you have a real commercial appeal. I love when you perform it’s like being invited into your personal space…”. Have a look at his performance yourself.
Adorable dance troupe Nu Sxool injected some fun and frolics into the BGT final, with the cute school kids wowing all four judges, who just loved their energy and enthusiasm.
Amanda told the group, made up of kids aged from nine to 14: “Every time we see you just explode on the stage, I absolutely love you.” Watch their performance now.
Boy band Loveable Rogues chose to perform one of their own songs again, this time choosing their own track Honest for their performance on tonight’s final. Watch it now.
The panel were impressed with the boys once again, with music mogul Simon Cowell giving them the ultimate praise. He said: “You’re like someone who has already made it and comes on the competition as a guest- it would be very easy for you to do the same song, you didn’t… There is a real market for you and I predict great, great things for you," he said.
Young singer Molly Rainford also brought the house down with a simply stunning performance of Ave Maria.
The 11-year-old’s gave a performance that was way beyond her years, and led the judges to tip the singer for huge success in the future. David Walliams was particularly impressed, telling the youngster: “Molly, in years to come when you are a world famous singer, people will look back at this clip and say ‘oh my she was even fantastic when she was 11-years-old.’ That was absolutely astonishing well done." Watch Molly’s final performance.
Also hoping for glory were Latin American ballroom dancers Kai and Natalia, who got mixed feedback for their high energy routine to the Bruno Mars hit Runaway Baby.
A slight slip and “lack of passion” led one half of the judging panel to lightly criticise the performance, while the other half loved the pair’s non-stop twirling, spinning and sashaying. Watch now.
Completing tonight’s final line-up was the wildcard act, boy band The Mend, who were voted back in by the judges.
Performing Without You by David Guetta and Usher, the boys had a shaky start but soon managed to get into their stride.
Alesha Dixon, loved the performance and told the boys she thought BGT could be the start of something big for the group, commenting: "I'm so happy for you because there is a lot of support out the for you. You are the full package....whatever happens after the show you are ready to get out there and I hope to see you at Wembley Arena."
So that’s that for another year! Ashleigh and Pudsey are the 2012 Britain’s Got Talent champions. What did you think of the BGT final? Tell us your thoughts using the comments facility on the site.
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