As Britain’s Got Talent, the UK’s biggest TV talent show, returns to ITV for an incredible tenth year, I look back at my top 10 auditions on the show.
10. Attraction (2013)
What I love about Britain’s Got Talent is that it really is full of variety. You never quite know what you’re going to see, and that was certainly the case when Hungarian shadow theatre group Attraction took to the stage and performed a moving routine told entirely through shadows about a couple who meet at Stonehenge and fall in love.
Attraction went on to win the show, becoming the first foreign act to ever win Britain’s Got Talent.
Since winning the show, Attraction went on to perform at China’s 2014 New Year gala and earlier this year performed their first full-length show at the London Palladium. They have also appeared in a number of adverts for Swinton Insurance in the UK. Perhaps not the most glamorous of jobs, but I’d imagine fairly lucrative.
9. Darcy Oake (2014)
In 2014, illusionist Darcy Oake came to the UK all the way from Canada just to audition for Britain’s Got Talent, and when he pulled two doves seemingly out of thin air, and Simon Cowell called him “without question the best magician ever on Britain’s Got Talent” it was clear that Darcy would be sticking around in the UK for a while.
Sailing through to the semi-finals, Darcy became the first magician ever to make it through to the final and finished fifth over all.
Since appearing on the show, he has had his own ITV show, Darcy Oake: Edge of Reality and has performed throughout Europe and across North America, from the heart of Times Square in New York City to the Las Vegas strip.
8. George Sampson (2008)
Comeback kid George Sampson, first auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent in 2007 and narrowly missed out on a place in the Semi-Finals, but in 2008, aged 14 he came back wowed the judges with his dance routine that he sailed through and ended up winning the show!
Since winning the show George appeared in West End musical Into The Hoods, released a DVD and even a single, but in 2011 focussed his attention to acting with major roles in shows such as Waterloo Road, Mount Pleasant and Emmerdale.
7. Charlotte & Jonathan (Jonathan & Charlotte) (2012)
When Jonathan, 17, and Charlotte, 16, auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent they moved the audience mixing opera with pop, however Simon Cowell had reservations that Charlotte might hold Jonathan back, describing Charlotte as “good” but Jonathan as “unbelievable”. The duo decided to stick together and finished second to Ashleigh & Pudsey after changing from Charlotte & Jonathan to Jonathan & Charlotte.
Since appearing on the show, they were handed a £1m record deal by Simon Cowell and released two albums, both reaching number 5 in the UK charts. In 2014 the duo split and both released solo albums that same year, with Jonathan’s album Tenore reaching number 1.
6. Bars & Melody (2014)
2014 saw the addition of the Golden Buzzer, meaning that each judge (and Ant & Dec) were allowed to put one act straight through to the semi-finals, regardless of what any other judge thought.
Simon Cowell chose to use the Golden Buzzer for Bars & Melody, aka best friends Charlie Lenehan, 15, and Leondre Devries, 13. The duo blew everyone away with their rendition of Twista and Faith Evans’ Hope which included a rap about bullying.
Since appearing on the show and finishing third, Bars & Melody released their debut album 143 in 2015 which reached number 4 in the UK charts which included their number 5 single Hopeful and were regular presenters on Friday Download on CBBC.
5. Ashleigh & Pudsey (2012)
Simon Cowell has always wanted a good dog act on the show, and in 2012 it seemed his prayers were answered when 16 year-old Ashleigh walked onto the Britain’s Got Talent stage with her dog Pudsey, and became the first dog act ever to win Britain’s Got Talent.
Since winning the show, they (yes, the dog as well) were guest judges on ITV2’s Top Dog Model, Pudsey went on to cameo in David Walliams’ Mr Stink on BBC One and in July 2014 Pudsey the Dog: The Movie was released in cinemas starring David Walliams, Amanda Holden and Olivia Colman.
4. Stavros Flatley (2009)
When Greek father and son duo Stavros Flatley, aka Demetrios and Lagi Demetriou took to the Britain’s Got Talent stage, they proved that as well as great talent, the British audience love to be entertained, and these two certainly knew how to entertain.
Part of the Britain’s Got Talent prize has always been to perform on The Royal Variety Performance, and whilst Stavros Flatley made the final, they didn’t win, which meant they couldn’t perform.
But three year later, in 2012, the father son duo were invited to perform on The Royal Variety Performance as part of a Britain’s Got Talent performance which also featured Paul Potts, Diversity and Spellbound. Even to this day, the duo are still finding work performing together, most recently appearing in an episode of The Only Way Is Essex.
3. Diversity (2009)
These days, dance groups on Britain’s Got Talent are two-a-penny, but it was a different story back in 2009 when Ashley Banjo led his street dance group Diversity onto the Britain’s Got Talent, for
Since 18.3m people saw them win the show, beating favourite Susan Boyle, the dance group have gone on to have four successful tours, and a fifth on the way. Ashley Banjo has gone on to judge Sky 1’s Got To Dance and can currently be seen hosting BBC One’s Saturday night gameshow Can’t Touch This with Zoe Ball.
2. Susan Boyle (2009)
When a Scottish lady called Susan walked onto the Britain’s Got Talent stage back in 2009, no one could have predicted what we were about to see, or the fact that the UK and indeed the world would fall in love with Susan Boyle.
Since finishing second in 2009, Susan has gone on to release six albums, selling more than 23 million records worldwide, including three number ones and has been nominated for two Grammys.
1. Paul Potts (2007)
When mobile phone salesman Paul Potts, from South Wales, walked onto the Britain’s Got Talent stage many, including the judges, not least Piers Morgan had dismissed Paul when he said his dream was to sing opera. But the second he opened his mouth and sung Nessun Dorma, the entire room were on their feet and Amanda Holden was left in tears.
Since winning the first ever series of Britain’s Got Talent, Paul has gone on to release four studio albums, with his debut album One Chance heading straight to number one in the UK and reached number one in eight other countries worldwide. He also inspired a film about his life starring James Corden, called One Chance, the same name given to his autobiography in 2013.
Britain’s Got Talent returns Saturday nights at 7pm on ITV