This week brought us the final auditions from Britain’s Got Talent with a concoction of illusionists and singers – but not much else.
We’ve seen some great magicians this series, and James is one of the best. His act, which saw him balancing on and then appearing to pierce his body with a sword, was absolutely amazing. Unfortunately, he did decide to include that ridiculously elongated and boring build-up to his act, which is tragically typical of the majority of magic acts. Thank God the performance which followed made up for it!
This illusionist act is very unique, and therefore fits right in with Britain’s Got Talent, but, while it was very impressive, I can’t help thinking that it will be one of those which looks superb in the audition, but the novelty of which will have worn off in the Semi-Final.
Chasing the Dream
Well this is a novel way of promoting your musical – even if it hasn’t been fully written yet. Chasing the Dream is not only the name of the group, but the title of a musical which has been penned by some of its members too, and the songs from which will be showcased during their performances on the show. They’re good, but I doubt I would have remembered them if it hadn’t been for the musical tie-in.
Trust the plump Freddie Mercury impersonator to share my name!
It was odd to see a white Tina Turner (although I suppose it’s better than her blacking up…) but this pair have somehow blagged their way into the Semi-Finals, despite Simon’s observation that the performance ‘looked cheap’. Really, Simon, you have just endured a two-minute set from a couple who go from being Mercury and Turner to Meat Loaf and Cher and all you can say is ‘it looks cheap’ and then send them to the live shows? As More Talent‘s Stephen Mulhern would say: ‘UNBELIEVABLE!‘
This fourteen-year-old girl is a singer, songwriter and pianist – now that is impressive!
I have to be honest, I’m usually wholeheartedly against the public sporting of a ‘Onesie’, but I’m prepared to make an exception for Gabz as her performance was so bloody good! With her dad in tow, she performed her self-penned (and very infectious) song about losing the love of your life – and so brilliant was it that if Gabz hadn’t sang it, I’ve no doubt Ellie Goulding would have snapped it up for her next dig at Greg James!
So there we have it – the last of the auditionees. Perhaps they weren’t as stand-out as those we’ve seen so far, but they were still all very good. The main business of the night of course was the revealing of the Semi-Finalists, which meant the obligatory wheeling out of the talent show catchphrases (David Walliams saying ‘It’s not good news…IT’S GREAT NEWS!’ made me want to hurl myself out of the window) and consoling of tearful hopefuls – regardless of whether they were through or not.
Here are this year’s final 45 contenders:
AJ & Chloe
Band of Voices
Chasing the Dream
Club Town Freaks
Gospel Singers Incognito
Jack and Cormac
Richard & Adam Johnson
Martin & Marielle
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I just want to take this opportunity to raise awareness for Alex Neal.
Alex is seventeen-years-old and a fellow student of mine at Sunderland College. She has a very rare bone tumour, called chondrosarcoma, which is growing around her brain and has already affected her eyesight and hormone levels, meaning she will have to rely on HRT for the rest of her life.
This tumour cannot be treated in the UK. Therefore, Alex must travel to Florida to have it treated there. The NHS have agreed to fund her visit – but only with one parent accompanying her.
£5,000 is needed to send both of Alex’s parents to Florida with her for this urgent treatment. At the time of writing, an incredible £1,476 has been raised but her family need more and have been campaigning by holding ‘Action 4 Alex’ car boot sales, cake sales and selling wristbands.
Any money would be greatly appreciated by Alex’s family. Even spreading the word and encouraging others to get involved would, I’m sure, be greatly appreciated.