The second semi-final of this year’s Britain’s Got Talent brought an array of the good, the bad and…well, the good and the bad. It wasn’t the strongest night of talent I’ve ever seen, but it still threw up a few surprises…
I don’t think I’ve ever seen such flexible little dancers as these girls! Mini Moves were brilliant in their audition and lived up to expectations tonight with their very well choreographed and executed routine. The judges’ assurance that they will go on to have careers and the whole nation is behind them didn’t sit well with me, though. These girls are talented – there’s no question about that – but how can the panel make such bold statements as those? I’d like to think that the comments haven’t filled Mini Moves with false hope, as around 90% of Britain’s Got Talent participants are truly talented – hence the title of the show – but sadly not all of them go on to have the careers that they deserve or the judges predict.
Ed’s self-penned song is so catchy and an excellent demonstration of his talent – but I wanted to hear something different. After all, that was his audition song, and perhaps a change would have solidified, along with his illustrious body of work, that he has plenty more potential hits in his arsenal and can perform them just as well too. It’s a bit like the situation with onesie-clad teen, Gabz Gardiner on last year’s show: ‘Lighters’ was hugely successful for her in her initial audition, but she took the risk of performing a different song in the semi-final, albeit still written by her, and it paid dividends. He might not have got through to the Final tonight but at least this show has given him the exposure of both his vocal and writing talent that he has been waiting for.
Bolddog FMX Team
Having a unique talent like this is perfect for BGT as it helps you to stand out from the myriad of singers and dancers. Motorcycle display team, Bolddog FMX’s semi-final performance was, as was reported in the press, pre-recorded (but, as Dec was very keen to point out, in one take) and certainly did not disappoint. Just like their audition, it was exhilarating to watch – although slightly less nerve-racking, as the possibility of any injury was very low, owing to the fact that the clip was actually being broadcast. It would have been interesting to see what they had in store for the Final but, sadly, we won’t get to find out.
‘You sang for your life’ is a much over-used saying. However, in the case of Jodi, it’s apt. Her rendition of ‘Let It Go’ (which of course is familiar to parents up and down the land as the song from Frozen) was exceptionally powerful. Simon’s main qualm with her in her audition was that she sang a style of music that was not to his tastes, so what a relief it was that she came out and sang a Disney song tonight! I hope that a musical theatre producer was watching and was as impressed by her as I was. It’s a shame that she didn’t make it through to the final but with any luck she’ll have a fine career ahead of her.
Sadly, I barely remembered Sweetchix from the auditions and didn’t like their performance tonight. They were probably let down by their song choice of Taylor Swift’s ‘Trouble’ as it was clear that they were good vocalists but for whatever reason, it just didn’t seem to work tonight. Not in my opinion, at least.
The first time I saw Ricky K, I was sat in the staff room at work while a repeat of the previous night’s BGT was on – and as soon as he came on, everyone who had already seen the episode began raving about him and laughing before he had even begun his act. So, after the endorsement from my fellow McDonald’s burger flippers, I was expecting great things – and I wasn’t disappointed. His slapstick style makes him so comparable to people like Norman Wisdom and, particularly, Lee Evans, yet there seemed to be something unique about him. What I’m trying to say is that I loved his first audition. Tonight, though, it just didn’t work as well. I don’t know why; the music was well-selected and -placed, and Ricky’s mimes were as exaggerated as usual, but it just fell flat – hence the ambivalence from the audience and buzz from Simon. It’s a shame really, because he showed so much potential in his audition.
The Addict Initiative
I have to admit, I had dismissed The Addict Initiative as ‘just another dance troupe’ – after all, since Diversity and Flawless in 2009, all dance acts like this have just seemed the same. Well, they have to a layman like me, anyway. Tonight, though, The Addict Initiative were stunning! The aid of a narrative, and such a recognisable one at that, was instrumental in them getting through to the Final, but their ability to perform in such sync with each other was also hugely important. I think that tonight they became genuine contenders for the title of ‘winners’.
Well the last time we it was with Antonio Popeye (whose surname is very much a clue to the nature of his act) in 2011 but tonight Kony Puppets received four buzzes during their semi-final performance. I guess I can understand why the judges pushed their buzzers – it is, after all, not a hugely entertaining act. It becomes very ‘samey’ very quickly. However, Britain’s Got Talent does aim to find individual, unique talents and I think that Kony and his team are just that. The way that they use those puppets is so clever – they move like the celebrities they represent! Of course, Kony Puppets was never going to win the show (or, dare I say it, progress past the semi-finals) but I am surprised that they received four buzzes.
James’s confidence and voice are incredible! I loved his stripped-back version of Gnarls Barkley’s ‘Crazy’. It was an unconventional song choice and, although I loathe to use such a hideous cliche, he genuinely made it his own. It came as absolutely no surprise that he sailed through to the Final purely on the public vote and, although I’d prefer a variety act to triumph again this year, he might just be performing at this year’s Royal Variety show. I guess we’ll have to wait and see…
The acts for tomorrow night include:
Dancers, Crazy Rogue
Singer, Ellis Chick
Singers, Kitty & Rosie
Fashion designer, Brian Chan
Ventriloquist, Sam Jones
Singers, and Alesha’s Golden Buzzer act, Reaformed
Dancers, Yanis Marshall, Arnaud and Mehdi
Singer, Lucy Kay
Britain’s Got Talent is on at 7:30pm and 9:30pm, with Britain’s Got More Talent at 10:00pm, every day this week (exc. Friday)
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