It was pointed out many times during the show, but the fourth Britain’s Got Talent Semi-Final was possibly the toughest yet, with a brilliant array of very worthwhile talent. Here are my thoughts on it:
Club Town Freaks
I bet even Lady GaGa watched that and said, ‘Well that’s a bit much, pet!’ Well, she would have said that if she was from Sunderland.
My mam and dad were baffled by the Club Town Freaks but, like the judges, I thought they were very good – if a little odd. And they dealt well with the ‘technical hitch’ well, too.
Alex’s performance of Roberta Flack’s ‘First Time I Saw Your Face’ showcased his excellent vocal range; I completely disagree with Simon, I think he actually does have the potential to be a star and I hope someone in the industry decides to make use of his talent. It was inevitable that the judges were going to pick Asanda over him, though.
They are good, but their performance didn’t stand out from the crowd. When you consider even the younger dance groups in the competition, like Pre Skool or Youth Creation, Shockarellas pale into insignificance. They just didn’t impress me.
We haven’t heard many sob stories in this series of BGT, so I’ll let Poppin’ Ron’s go. To be frank, I wasn’t particularly surprised that Simon buzzed him and I understand his boredom and confusion surrounding the performance. I do however also understand the passion and importance of the dance to Ron, so I’m not going to condemn him as much as I would if it was another performer and I’m pleased that the show has given him a platform to present his talent and tell his story.
James claimed that he wants to ‘bring magic into the twenty-first century’- as if Dynamo, Ben Earl and Lee Goodwin aren’t already doing that. I think it’s safe to say that James is in the same league as those magicians. That trick was absolutely amazing! Magicians on Britain’s Got Talent have seldom been successful (naming no names, Stevie Pink) but I really hope that James has put an end to that. I just loved his act!
Chasing the Dream
I quite like Chasing the Dream’s unique way of promoting their musical of the same name. The cheesy lyrics and jazz hands were very typical of West End productions but it was still a very enjoyable performance, even if we didn’t completely understand how the song fits in with the plot.
Francine is my winner, and the only act I have actually voted for this week. I absolutely loved her in Very Important People on Channel 4 last year and I simply adored her Semi-Final performance. Simon was completely right: she somehow managed to better her audition tonight and it is both her script and her spot-on impersonations which make her such a talent. There are so many good impressionists out there (Culshaw & Stephenson, Morgana Robinson, Terry Mynott, etc.) and Francine has just added herself to that elite. I really hope she gets the opportunity to perform outside of the competition in other programmes, because she undoubtedly deserves it. For the time being, though, I wish her all the luck for next Saturday’s Final.
Asanda has a sensational voice and sensational confidence. There really is very little to say about her: she’s just on the road to being a huge star – that’s if she’s not there already.
AJ & Chloe
AJ & Chloe aren’t as quick or, dare I say it, captivating as Martin & Marielle (who performed earlier this week) but they are still very talented. The hard work which the pair put into their performance is palpable, as is the chemistry between them. Their Latin routine was impressive but…there was just something absent from it.
Here’s the line-up for tomorrow, the last Semi-Final:
Maarty Broekman (Singer)
Aliki Chrysochou (Singer)
The Glambassadors (Dancers)
Jordan O Keeffe (Singer)
Steve Hewlett (Ventriloquist)
Gospel Singers Incognito
Rob’s Duelling Pianos
Attraction (Shadow Theatre Company)
Britain’s Got Talent is on at 7:00pm and 9:30pm tomorrow, with Britain’s Got More Talent at 10:00pm.
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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 £1,486 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.