The 2011 final of Britain’s Got Talent has seen the top ten acts, including Ronan Parke, Razy Gogonea and New Bounce, compete for the series title.

And once again it was a closely fought battle, with most of the performers winning raves from the judges as they made their bid for the £100,000 top prize and the chance to appear at this year’s Royal Variety Performance.

Wacky dancer Steven Hall kicked off Saturday’s final with a routine which saw him perform a variety of dances to the likes of Firestarter and Who Let The Dogs Out.

Once again the mild-mannered BT engineer was a hit with the judges. “I think you’re up there with Stavros Flatley,” Amanda Holden told him, “You could have a massive career.” Simon Cowell also approved, calling the performance “absolutely fantastic”.

Next up was Michael Collings, who won a place in the final on Friday night, reprised his original audition song, Tracy Chapman’s Fast Car – and once again won praise for his performance.

“Whether you win this competition or not your whole life has changed for ever,” David Hasselhoff told him.

However it wasn’t such plain sailing for impressionist Les Gibson, who included impressions of all the male Britain’s Got Talent judges in his act.

“There were some gems in there,” Amanda said, “but it wasn’t as good as the other evening.” Simon Cowell added that Les’s version of him made him “sound like Boris Karloff with a lisp”.

But there was plenty of praise for ballet dancer James Hobley, who performed to the Coldplay hit Fix You.

“Every time you dance you put me in a trance,” David said, “Tonight you did beautifully.”

Meanwhile pianist Paul Gbegbaje upped his game by performing one of his own compositions instead of his previous medley of other people’s hits.

“I didn’t think you had a chance tonight,” David said, “but you have proved me so wrong.” Michael McIntyre, meanwhile, described his performance as “spectacular”.

He was followed by hot favourite Ronan Parke, who peformed the Kelly Clarkson hit Because Of You backed by a choir of singers – and received a standing ovation from all four judges.

“It was exceptional,” Michael told him, “I would pay to go and see you.”

And Simon praised the 12-year-old for the way in which he had handled the recent allegations that the show had been fixed for him to win.

“How you’ve coped with everything so well at your age then you come out and this is a big big song, and you nailed it, you did brilliantly,” he said.

Organist Jean Martyn, the only woman in the final, followed, and once again won over the judges with her infectious smile and vibrant performance. “I could watch you for ever and ever,” Amanda said.

Singer Jai McDowall was described as a possible “dark horse” in the competition by David following another powerhouse performance, while dancer Razy Gogonea also upped his game by introducing flaming sticks into his performance.

However Simon was not convinced it was a gamble which paid off. “I thought the end of the act was insane because you turned from a dancer into a circus performer,” he complained.

Boy band New Bounce rounded off the show with their rendition of the classic hit Ain’t No Sunshine – and won themselves rave reviews from the panel.

“I’m sure in the next few months we’ll see your photos on an album cover,” Amanda said, while Simon added, “I’m really hoping you’re in with a show of winning this show because you deserve it.”

The show also featured a performance from 11-year-old opera singer Jackie Evancho, who finished second in the last series of America’s Got Talent.