Sarah Ikumu, the girl Simon Cowell has called the best singer ever on BGT, failed to win a place in Saturday's final

Britain’s Got Talent viewers were left outraged as teenage singer Sarah Ikumu was booted out of the competition.

The 16-year-old from Milton Keynes stunned audiences and the panel with her rendition of Prince’s Purple Rain on Wednesday, but missed out on a spot in the final.

Judge Simon Cowell looked shocked as the results of the public vote were announced after the third round of the ITV contest’s live semi-final.

 

He pressed his Golden Buzzer for Sarah at the beginning of the series and on Wednesday described her as ‘the best singer we have ever had on the show’.

David Walliams added: “The competition may as well go home now.”

Instead, the finale spots were claimed by nine-year-old cheeky comedian Ned Woodman and pianist Tokio Myers.

 

But not everybody was happy with the result…

 

While Sarah missed out on an official place in the final, viewers are already convinced she will return to the competition as the wild card contestant.

 

The two chosen acts impressed judges as well as voters with their performances, with David predicting that singer Kanye West would soon be knocking on Tokio’s door for a collaboration.

Ned and Tokio will join the line-up of finalists alongside magician Issy Simpson, comedian Matt Edwards, mystical duo DNA and teenage singer Kyle Tomlinson.

The winner will earn themselves a slot in the programme for this year’s Royal Variety Performance.

The timing for the live showdown this weekend has been moved from Sunday to Saturday to make way for the One Love Manchester benefit concert.

Britain’s Got Talent returns to ITV at 7.30pm on Thursday.