22 May 19
The Scottish Sun
THE Britain’s Got Talent final is almost here and we’re taking a look at this year’s favourites to win the competition.
And – as per usual – the acts haven’t disappointed this year either. Here’s what we’ve gathered so far…
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Chapter 13 – 4/1
Chapter 13 are a boyband made up of four teenage boys and they are being backed to win the competition.
The adorable boys’ audition for Britain’s Got Talent was shown on May 11, 2019.
They sang a Stevie Wonder medley which included Signed, Sealed, Delivered, Sir Duke and Superstition.
They were so good that judge Amanda Holden awarded them her Golden Buzzer which means they go straight through to the live semi-finals.
Flakefeet Primary School Choir – 5/1
The kids’ choir from Flakefeet Primary school is led by headteacher Dave McPartlin (absolutely no relation to Ant, by the way)
The aspiring singers are aged between 4 and 11 and have a variety of singing abilities.
And they performed an energetic version of Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now for their first audition.
Dave and Finn – 6/1
Dave and his dog Finn, who was stabbed while trying to save him on Britain’s Got Talent 2019
Brave pup Finn was stabbed while trying to save his handler copper Dave Wardell.
The sad tale prompted tough guy Simon to break down in tears, as well as triggering tears from Ant McPartlin.
And it also helped them secure a spot in the next round.
Ben Hart – 10/1
Ben hart is a magician hoping to win Britain’s Got Talent
Ben Hart, 28, was born October 19, 1990 and is a magician and Gold Star Member of the Inner Magic Circle who grew up in Winchester.
In 2007 he was awarded the Young Magician Of The Year award by The Magic Circle.
Ben’s audition for Britain’s Got Talent was on May 11, 2019.
He wowed the judges with his disappearing act and got four yeses from the judges.
Jonathan Goodwin – 12/1
The stunt Jonathan performed saw him raised up to the ceiling as he hung upside down while wearing a straight-jacket.
He was then set on fire as he attempted to free himself from the bondage before suffering severe burns.
The daredevil has performed the identical trick on several primetime shows including ITV show The Next Great Magician, and as a guest performer in front of BGT judge Simon Cowell on America’s Got Talent.
Going by his stage name of ‘The Daredevil’, Jonathan performs in London’s West End as part of ensemble, The Illusionists.
Mark McMullan – 12/1
Mark McMullan sung a passionate rendition of Les Miserables’ Bring Him Home in honour of older brother Declan, who suffered a devastating brain injury seven years ago.
The hopeful won four yeses on the show, with Simon Cowell even leaving the stage to go and meet Declan and the brothers’ proud parents.
Siobhan Phillips – 12/1
Siobhan had all four judges on their feet after she sang about life as a mum while playing the piano on the night of a record-breaking show.
Colin Thackery – 16/1
Colin Thackery is an 89-year-old Second World War hero and a singer.
Colin’s audition was shown on Britain’s Got Talent on May 11, 2019.
He sang Wind Beneath My Wings, made famous by Bette Midler in Beaches.
Giorgia Borg – 16/1
Giorgia sung the same original song in her audition that she did on TV in a Junior Eurovision contest.
Judge Alesha Dixon gave the Maltese the golden buzzer and made the 11-year-old her selection to sail straight through to the live semi-finals of the ITV contest.
Kojo Anim – 16/1
The comedian, 42, was born in Ghana but moved to London as a young boy and has gone on to taste success as an entrepreneur and a comedian.
His break into the mainstream came in 2005 when he presented CBBC show The Mighty Truck Of Stuff alongside Reggie Yates.
He’s even appeared on US TV on Nick Cannon’s Wild N OUT.
Back in the UK Kojo had his own show, Kojo’s Comedy Funhouse on MTV Base and starred as a panellist on BBC 3 show Free Speech.
Faith Tucker – 20/1
Faith, 18, performed an operatic version of Granada – the 1932 song by Mexican composer Agustin Lara.
The talented teen got an impressive four yeses from the judges.
And it’s not her first taste of fame – she was clearly to Masterchef star Greg Wallace’s palate as she performed at his wedding.
Rosie and Adam – 20/1
The duo stunned the judges in their audition round with their death-defying act – but after years of performing on ice, the pair have risked life and limb to win this year’s BGT.
The double act, who are also a couple in real life, both have experience on ice, but say putting together this roller skating routine was the hardest thing they they’ve ever done.
Rosie, who hadn’t ever roller skated before meeting and training with Adam three months before their audition exclusively told The Sun Online: “It’s two completely different disciplines.
“Although some of the tricks have been done on ice, going on the rollers is completely different.
“It was a new thing for both of us. Adam has roller skated in the past, I definitely haven’t. It’s something completely new for us as a pair.”
Akshat Singh – 25/1
Simon Cowell was left speechless after watching Akshat Singh from Mumbai, India, pump up the crowd with his energetic dance routine and feel good catch-phrase.
He told the judges “I have two mottos in life – to make everyone happy and to show everyone that nothing is impossible” and received a standing ovation from tearful Amanda Holden and Aleesha Dixon.
And when Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly honoured him with their golden buzzer, he was visibly emotional and burst into tears.
Big Name Statues – 25/1
The statues where wheeled out on stage before coming alive to sing Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.
Among the statues were Shakespeare, Sherlock Holmes, Sphinx, Charlie Chaplin, Winston Churchill, William Shakespeare, Mary Poppins, Queen Elizabeth I and Mother Teresa.
Brian Gilligan – 25/1
Brian performed a version of A Star Is Born’s I’ll Never Love Again.
But it’s not the singer’s first taste of success – Judge David Walliams admitted to having watched Brian perform in the West End rock musical The Commitments.
A&J – 25/1
Duo Julia and Alex from Coventry and Ukraine – known as A&J – put on an acrobatics display that saw them using a rope to perform dangerous moves in the air.
And they left fans stunned when Alex lifted judge David Walliams into the air using just his teeth.
Elizabeth – 25/1
Britain’s Got Talent viewers were left shaking in their seats as they watched Amanda Holden freak out during the show’s scariest ever audition.
And watching it back at home, Amanda, 48, told her followers she “peed her pants” as spooky magician Elizabeth transformed into a woman who died more than 100 years ago.
Graeme Matthews – 25/1
Magician Graeme Matthews famously recruited judge Amanda Holden as his assistant for his audition.
And it was enough to garner him a spot in the next round.
Iconic – 25/1
Iconic is a dance group made up of a lineup of young girls who sported Spice Girls outfits.
Khronos Girls – 25/1
The female dance troupe’s performance carried an important message about women’s rights.
Their piece drew inspo from the Suffragettes.
Leanne Mya – 25/1
Grenfell survivor Leanne Mya,31, described performing on the show as a “dream.”
Leanne performed Sam Smith’s Lay Me Down in a heart-rending performance that Simon Cowell called a “moment with a capital M”.
Matt Striling – 25/1
Musclebound Matt Stirling 46, has featured in two Bond films and Star Wars’ Rogue One in a daredevil 20-year career.
His BGT act saw him combine thrilling stunts with a card trick.
Each judge was asked to pick a card featuring a film title from a deck.
They were told not to show the name to Matt or anyone else.
Amanda Holden chose 2004 flick Man on Fire. She closed her eyes and as Matt channelled his thoughts, a blazing stunt actor walked across the stage, illustrating the film and leaving the judge gobsmacked.
Mind2Mind – 25/1
Real life couple James Harringont and Marina Milana make up Mind2Mind – an act that performs stunning mind-reading tricks.
The judges gave them four yeses.
Truro Cathedral Choir – 25/1
The choir belted out Elton John’s Can You Feel The Love.
And not only did they get four yeses, they also received a standing ovation from the judges and audience.
X – 25/1
The magician – simply known as X -asked BGT hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly to partake in the act.
Immediately he unsettled the TV presenters as he broke with tradition and asked them to sit the “wrong way round”.
The cheeky Geordie duo, both 43, famously always stand with Ant on Dec’s right.
Angels Inc. – 33/1
Three women, collectively known as Angels Inc, seductively danced on stage before suddenly revealing another member out of nowhere.
The trick had the Britain’s Got Talent judges up on their feet as one by one they added to the number of women on stage before finally becoming a group of 15.
The women were aged between 23-28 and had travelled from the Netherlands to audition for Britain’s Got Talent.
They were given four yeses to go through to the next round.
Barbara Nice – 33/1
The comedian left the judges in hysterics on the ITV show when she appeared on stage with her colourful clothes and witty one liners.
And Janice is a full time comic and actress with an impressive roster of roles behind her after being spotted by Peter Kay in 1997.
She went on to play Holy Mary in Phoenix Nights, a part Dave Spikey claimed he wrote with her in mind.
Brotherhood – 33/1
Brotherhood are a magic and stunt act.
They are made up of three figures dressed in black suits and clown V for Vendetta masks.
They got four yeses and are through to the next round.
Dan Rhodes – 33/1
Amanda once again helped out magician Dan Rhodes – who persuaded her to lie down in a large cardboard box.
Ethan Higgins – 33/1
Tiny dancer Ethan a bow-tie-wearing lad, had the audience in hysterics by putting down David Walliams.
The judge asks him how he’s spent his prize money asking: “Would you buy any of my best selling books?”
But the lad replied simply: “No” leaving Simon Cowell raving: “I love you.”
Jacob Jones – 33/1
Before his audition, Jacob Jones, 27, performed in pubs and other local venues.
The 27-year-old, from Surrey, impressed the judges – Simon, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and David Walliams – with his spectacular voice.
Jacob famously got down on one knee in front of his girlfriend Faye Compton and the shocked judging panel after finishing his audition.
Kerr James – 33/1
The 12-year-old has been hailed ‘the next Susan Boyle’ after showing off his incredible voice.
The Glaswegian sung Try A Little Tenderness in his audition.
Rob King – 33/1
The 28-year-old singer opened up about how the memory of his pal Martyn Hett, who died aged 29 during the Manchester Arena Bomb attacks in 2017, gave him the encouragement to perform in front of the judges.
Rob had his first taste of what it was like to sing on a professional stage when he was accepted to take part in the BBC show All Together Now, presented by Rob Beckett and Geri Horner.
The show spurred him on to apply for Britain’s Got Talent this year and with the thought of how much Martyn had believed in him encouraged him continue with his dream of being a singer.
Tony Rudd – 33/1
The impressionist impressed the judges with his audition and made it through to the next round.
He’s been given a 33/1 chance to win the final by bookies.
Gomonov Knife Show – 50/1
The knife thrower brought judge Simon on stage to help him with his audition.
But it didn’t stop him from going through to the next round.
Jay Rawlings – 50/1
Jay managed to beat a Guinness World Record during his audition when he balanced 11 chairs on his face.
Viewers at home were amazed when 25-year-old Jay linked metal seats together and perched them on his chin.
Simon was delighted with Jay’s raw talent and the magician received for yeses from the Britain’s Got Talent judges.
Libby and Charlie – 50/1
Adorable 11-year-old best pals Libby and Charlie performed an emotional dance routine to Christina Perry’s A Thousand Years.
Their stunning performance earned them four yeses from the judges.
Vardanyan Brothers – 50/1
The death-defying duo from Armenia immediately caught Walliam’s attention as they strutted buff and topless.
Then, they performed a terrifying balancing act where they challenged the laws of gravity.
As their act progressed, one brother attempted to balance on the other on the fine tip of a sword that left Cowell short of breath.
He went on to name them “the most dangerous (act) I’ve seen on any Got Talent franchise.”
Derek Sandy – 100/1
Reggaeton singer Derek performed his weird and wonderful original song, Welcome to the Isle of Wight.
And Amanda couldn’t get enough of the bizarre musical number as she stood up and grooved along in her fancy yellow frock.
Derek’s self-penned track sees him profess his love for the Isle of Wight.
Dr Dance – 100/1
Dr.Dance, real name Peter Lovatt, told Simon Cowell and the judges that he taught people to dance to improve their mood, but viewers flocked to Twitter to say they’d seen it all before.
Viewers pointed out that he’d been on TV alongside Rylan Clark-Neal on Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit On The Side.
Though he left viewers divided, he got three yeses from the judges.
However, Simon was not a fan and buzzed him off within eight beats of his backing track.
Fabulous Sisters – 100/1
The all female dance troupe from Japan – aged between 12 and 26 – scored themselves four yeses during their first audition.
But the girls have had a taste for fame before – having starred in NBC series World of Dance in 2018.
Guy First – 100/1
Israeli Guy, 26, performed his trick of making fart sounds with his hands along to a medley of tracks including A-Ha’s Take on Me, Ghostbusters and Eye Of The Tiger.
And surprisingly he got four yeses from the judges.
Katherine and Joe – 100/1
The pair performed a unique rendition of Disney’s Frozen – where Joe, 58, tap danced to the song dressed as a bear while Katherine, 35, belted out the tune – which prompted a disagreement amongst the judges.
But despite Simon storming off from the panel, they managed to make it through to the next round after the audience voted them through.
Margaret and Dave – 100/1
Grandparents Margaret and Dave Thompson have only been dancing ballroom together for three years but it was enough to get them through to the next round.
The market traders from Wolverhampton impressed the judges with their moves and proved that age is just a number.
Michael Sandwig – 100/1
Acrobat Michael, 61, left Simon Cowell cringing when he stripped to his pants and climbed the pole like a pro, as a choir sung The Sound of Music beside him.
And so unimpressed was Si that he pushed his red buzzer but that didn’t stop Michael from getting two yeses from the other judges and making it through to the next round.
Russell T Bird – 100/1
Russell T Bird, 71, was stopped in his tracks by a technical glitch as he started performing a rendition of Make Luv by Room 5.
But after sparking concern from the judges who rushed to his aid on stage – it lead to Russell gaining Alesha and Amanda as his very glam backing dancers.
Ursula Burns – 100/1
Ursula Burns, 48, took to the stage in a glamorous outfit and gave the impression she would be sitting down to play the harp in the traditional manner.
But as the music started, she ditched the chair and lay down next to her harp while singing Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars.
She then pulled the harp on top of her between her legs and breathlessly sang the song, as Alesha and her fellow judges Amanda Holden, Simon Cowell and David Walliams watched on open mouthed.
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Y Pedwar Covi – 100/1
The Welsh wonders put on a racy display in their audition as they stripped down from their kilts to their pants.
The act made the judges hoot with laughter and got them a spot in the next round.
Chucklefoot – 200/1
Chucklefoot, 73, brought some ‘good, old fashioned entertainment’ in his old-school act.
But it wasn’t enough to impress Simon who gave him the buzzer – though that didn’t matter as he still got three yeses.
Jimmy Tamley – 200/1
The 64-year-old contestant had the judges in hysterics with his performance that saw him invite judges Amanda Holden and David Walliams onto the stage and strap moving masks onto their faces.
During the performance, the ventriloquist got David, 47, skipping around the stage, ballet dancing and even performing a striptease to head judge Simon Cowell, 59.
But while many Britain’s Got Talent fans found the act hilarious, others were quick to point out that his act seemed similar to Nina Conti’s famous act.
Sheila Callaghan – 200/1
Tiara-wielding Shelia, 59, sung an original song for the judges.
And it was enough for the Chester lass to secure a spot in the next round.
Who are the BGT judges in 2019?
Simon Cowell returned to the judging panel once again as head judge.
Joining him for another year are David Walliams, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon.
However, David has hinted that 2019 may be his last year as a judge.
He joined the show in 2012 along with Alesha.
What is the prize money for Britain’s Got Talent in 2019?
The winners of Britain’s Got Talent will perform in front of the Royal Family at the Royal Variety Performance.
For the past five years, the winner has also won a prize fund of £250,000.
It has not been confirmed whether or not that will be the same in the 2019 show.
When is the Britain’s Got Talent 2019 final on TV?
The BGT final date hasn’t been confirmed just yet.
For the past few years, the show has run for eight weeks and ends on the Saturday or Sunday after semi-final week.
So this year, that means the final could fall on May 25/26.
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