The Britain’s Got Talent team have scoured the country to find Britain’s finest, funniest and fabbest and this week their quest took them to London, Birmingham, and – for the first time – Edinburgh.
Getting the show off to a dazzling start were The Showbears, a five piece dance and singing group dressed in sequinned sailor suits. The sparkling singers launched into nautically themed version of The Weather Girls’ hit It’s Raining Men and took the place by storm.
Despite Simon buzzing the group almost immediately David Walliams was so impressed he joined the boys on stage for an encore.
Alesha told them: “I think the country it going to fall in love with you – so entertaining” meanwhile Amanda said: “I think the Royal Family would adore you.”
Latest Showbear recruit David Walliams told them: “I was in heaven – I just want to join and permanently have fun with you sailor boys!”
The next act bouncing onto our screens were Hungarian basketball stunt group Faceteam blending an energetic combination of trampolines, dance, gymnastics and basketball!
Amanda said: “That was amazing, I haven’t seen anything like it before it was energetic, you’re fabulous, brilliant, loved it.”
Alesha agreed telling them: “That was absolutely wicked, never seen it before – would love to see it again!”
David told them: “You guys have completely blown us away today so well done.”
Another successful act was Essex girl Hope Murphy. The 16 year old had a difficult start to her audition when Simon stopped her before she’d sung her first word and made her choose another number.
At the second attempt however she won Simon, the audience and the rest of the judges over with her beautiful rendition of This Woman’s Work by Maxwell, which had the audience on their feet and poor Hope in tears!
Amanda Holden told her: “I think that you are a star in the making.”
Usually the hardest judge to please, Simon told her: “16 years old and you sang that very very well, and I like your personality as well.”
Things didn’t seem to be going so well in Scotland, as the auditions came to Edinburgh and act after act failed to impress the fab four. Salvation was at hand however, in the form of 14 year old Paige Turley who blew away the judges with her original version of Bon Iver’s Skinny Love.
Even Simon was impressed gushing: “I think you’re absolutely fabulous!” He added: “I love the fact that you didn’t do a direct copy of the song. It sounds very different to a lot of people I’ve heard before. You have a really interesting unique voice. I really really, like you.” Praise indeed from Mr X Factor!
As the auditions moved back south the judges were faced with hundreds of dance groups. Since the successes of Diversity and Twist and Pulse hundreds of dance acts have come out to prove that they could be the next best thing, and the standard of auditions has gone through the roof.
One group who think they have what it takes are United We Stand, a troupe of 17-25 year olds from Stratford who have been inspired by the forthcoming Olympic Games. The youngsters plan to donate the prize money, if they win, to build a community centre for their area.
Dancing to a mix of hip hop, urban and film soundtracks the team gave a slick and high octane routine that left David Walliams open mouthed.
The comedian told them: “The standard is so high with dance acts…but within about a second I knew you were something really special. Fantastic!”
Simon said: “We’ve seen a lot of dance crews this year and you know about Diversity which I use as a template. This is about as close as I’ve seen to that. It was absolutely sensational. I think you’ve got massive massive potential and I like everything you stand for.”
The last act to win over the judges were another dance act, but this is one duo with a difference. Paula and Gary, aka Strictly Wheels, are best friends and only started dancing seriously 18 months ago. Paula contracted MRSA when she had pneumonia which damaged her lower spine and pelvis and meant she had to use a wheel chair.
The pair performed a beautiful and unique dance routine to Alicia Keys’ hit Empire State of Mind.
David told them: “I just thought that was amazing, you turned what might have been a negative into a positive and you did things that two dancers don’t normally do. It was absolutely fantastic.”
Amanda agreed saying: “How you danced, your control of that chair and the muscle is unbelievable. You were fantastic.”
That wraps it up for another week, but what do you think of the acts so far? Have you spotted a favourite? Leave us a comment below and let us know your thoughts. Don’t forget to check our Britain’s Got Talent site for all the latest news, gossip and pictures.
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