That’s it, this year’s Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists have been chosen. Judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, David Walliams and Alesha Dixon had a tough job, cutting 200 acts down to just 45. Five acts were already secure – check out this year’s Golden Buzzer choices here – and now here are the lucky acts who will perform once again in the hope of winning this year’s title and a chance to perform at the Royal Variety Show:
Earned four yeses from the judges after her emotional rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone. Simon said: “That was your one shot and my god you took it.”
The 34-year-old teacher from London stunned the judges with her performance of Over the Rainbow. She received four yeses with Alesha saying she fell in love with her before she even began.
It’s hard to ignore this 160-piece community choir from North Wales, whose members range from age 7 up to 65. Cowell admitted the judges could have been looking at the winners of the show as they walked away with four yeses.
Piano player and singer Ella Shaw dazzled with her own song Summertime. The judges gave the 18-year-old from Blackburn four yeses with Alesha describing her as “dreamy, subtle and cool”.
Mr Cowell told Emma he loved her after she wowed the crowd with her operatic voice. The 23-year-old from Cumbria enters the semi-finals with four yeses under her belt and a standing ovation to boot.
“Cute, likeable and very controlled” is how Cowell described 11-year-old Gracie from Somerset. She offered a confident and polished performance of Over the Rainbow in her bid to become a huge star.
Who could forget Harry Gallagher’s self-penned track about a girl he loves at school? The 12-year-old earned four yeses from the judges for the track called Lightening.
“Faultless” is always a good word to hear after an audition, and that’s exactly how Alesha described Isaac’s version of Billy Joel’s Always A Woman. Four yeses in the bag.
Simon Cowell told 12-year-old Maia Gough that for all the right reasons, she’d be the act he’d remember from that day’s auditions. She blasted out a powerful performance of Whitney Houston’s I Have Nothing with all four judges backing her into the next round.
Amanda Holden looked like all her Christmases had come at once when Misstasia, a Disney vocal group, took to the stage. The four-piece sang The Little Mermaid’s Part of Your World and, while Simon was torn between it being the best idea and the most annoying idea for a band yet, they still walked away with four yeses.
Corrine, Jodie, Jessica, Kate, Sasha and Rosie say they’re “doing it for the big girls” and hope to shake up the music industry. The girls performed their rendition of ‘It’s Raining Men’ and got the judges singing along, earning four yeses.
The Kingdom Tenors
It’s like Collabro gone turbo. There are 12 members of this vocal harmony group and, while Simon wasn’t blown away by their choice of song – Westlife’s You Raise Me Up – they still earned four yeses.
Laurie, 59, and his three sons James (28), Dan (26), and Phil (24), make up The Neales, with Cowell admitting you’d have to have a heart as cold as ice not to like their performance.
The Sakyi Five
Five brothers – Reece, Aaron, Carl, Eden and Emmanuel – were halted by Cowell during their first song, but brought it back with their second, a cover of One Direction’s Little Things. And when the littlest, aged just 10, sang… well, it was enough to bring a tear to the eye.
Emma is RadioTimes.com’s resident reality TV expert and is most likely to be found chasing Simon Cowell down the street, cancelling her social life to keep up with the latest batch of sob stories and trying to get selfies with celebrities. Emma is a chat show addict and quotes Friends more than is probably healthy.