Britain’s Got Talent 2016 winner Richard Jones: “David should have pressed his Golden Buzzer for Niels Harder”

In his first blog for RadioTimes.com, Richard reveals what he thought of the first episode of BGT 2017

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I love Britain’s Got Talent. It’s brilliant that it’s back on TV, and there were some really great acts in last night’s first episode.

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The dog yoga with Mahny and Robbie was… interesting. It was pretty comical when the dog went to the toilet on David’s shoes, but I couldn’t tell if David Walliams found it funny or was a bit upset – I would be upset!

But it was Niels Harder who was probably the one that had me laughing the most.

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He was so funny, and it’s great to see a comedy magician on the show. I think everyone has their own personal style of magic, and the thing that makes a magician stand out is being different. Niels put a smile on everyone’s face. David said he nearly pressed his Golden Buzzer for him and he should’ve done!

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Mind readers DNA were really good, too, though. The way they put the trick together was very clever, they worked really well as a team and the fact they’re a double act is something that you don’t see very often on Britain’s Got Talent.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjoNgX2B7pw?ecver=1

The surprise element with the t-shirts at the end was a great final touch to what was already a fantastic act.

I reckon a magician could definitely win the show again, because the great thing about Britain’s Got Talent is that you literally can’t predict it. Every week you get a surprise with something completely different that blows you away for a different reason.

Sarah Ikumu was fantastic, but if I had a Golden Buzzer I’d have hit it for the Missing People Choir. I had all my family down the pub watching BGT on the big screen, and the whole room was silent when they came on. It’s such a great thing to do, and the whole idea behind the choir is something that I don’t think has been on BGT before. It was so poignant and I gave them a tweet straight after to wish them the best.

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It would be great if they get to the finals because that will give them another chance at getting some more faces of their missing loved ones up on screen. I reckon they’ve got a good chance in the show, although after only seeing one episode it’s difficult to predict if they will make the finals or not.

But they were just so powerful – I got quite emotional watching them! – and their performance was a real moment.

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Operation Magic is available to watch on ITV Hub and Richard’s UK Power Of Imagination Tour runs from April until May 2017. For more info click here