BGT fans were divided

Alesha Dixon finally pressed her Golden Buzzer on Saturday’s exciting episode Britain’s Got Talent as she was moved to tears by singer Lifford Shillingford.

The 39-year-old fast tracked the vocalist from South London through to the semi-finals after his amazing performance of Sam Cooke’s ‘A Change is Gonna Come’.

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But while this was Lifford’s first time on the BGT stage, he has had a taste of fame before as he actually sung on Artful Dodger’s 2000 hit ‘Please Don’t Turn Me On’.

And if that wasn’t impressive enough, he also toured with the band and Alesha’s own band Mis-Teeq in the earlier noughties as well.

Explaining in his introduction video, Lifford said: ‘It was great, we got to do Jools Holland, Top of the Pops. We just felt like superstars.’

After confirming that she knew Lifford to Simon Cowell, Alesha – and the rest of the nation – were blown away by his musical talent.

However, as the judges all gave the former star a standing ovation following his tear-jerking performance, some viewers at home were a little less impressed by Alesha’s decision.

‘Lifford has a great voice, but disagree with Alesha golden buzzering him when she previously knew him! #bgt’, said one fan. 

Another commented: ‘Lifford – good voice… Golden buzzer from alesha her friend #BGT’. 

While a third added: ‘Alesha pressed the Golden Buzzer for her friend haha #BGT’.

Meanwhile, most viewers were more than happy with the decision…

Lifford will now go straight through to the live semi-finals in a few weeks time along with the other lucky Golden Buzzer acts.

Father-son singing duo Tim and Jack Goodacre won the coverted spot last week thanks to Mr Simon Cowell, while Ant and Dec were the first to press the button for magician Marc Spelmann.

Singer Donchez Dacres also won a place thanks to David Walliams and Amanda Holden is still yet to press hers. There’s always next week!