The Britain’s Got Talent auditions have reached Wales for the first time this series, with some of the highlights and lowlights from Cardiff.
And the judges found themselves faced with a motley assortment of acts in the Welsh city – including would-be singer Marleen Hardy who presented the panel with an assortment of gifts prior to her performance.
The 62-year-old gave Simon Cowell a pair of devil’s horns, Amanda Holden a set of bunny ears and Piers Morgan a red bow tie – but it did little to change their opinions of her singing.
“You’re funny,” Simon told her, “but you’re a terrible singer.”
Others who failed to make the grade included dentist turned songwriter Alyn James – whose song was described as “depressing” by Amanda, and amateur dramatic company Pukka Productions, who led Simon to comment, “You know what I never find funny, is people trying to be funny.”
But there was better news for impressionist Paul Burling, who wowed the panel and the audience with his impersonations of Harry Hill, Scooby Doo and an assortment of other cartoon characters.
“You are the best impressionist we’ve ever had on the programme,” Piers told him before all three sent him through to the next round
At the London auditions, 16-year-old singer Josh Barry was a hit with both the judges and the audience – particularly the latter, who greeted his performance of My Girl with wild shrieks.
“You’re a showman and you delivered,” Amanda said. “I think you’ve got the potential to be a great pop star.” Piers, meanwhile, described it as a “brilliant performance”.
The teenager was so delighted that he ran off stage to shake hands with the judges after they had unanimously voted him through to the next round.
Also proving popular were dance duo Twist and Pulse – who described their act as “streetomedy” – and won praise for their performance which saw them dancing to the likes of the Cheeky Girls and the EastEnders theme.
“I think you just showed us a glimpse of the future,” Amanda said of their performance, although Simon added a note of caution.
“It’s a question of whether it becomes entertaining for the person watching it,” he said, “but you are a pair I’m going to remember for all the right reasons.”
Next weekend’s show will be broadcast on Sunday night instead of Saturday, due to the Champions League final being shown on ITV1 on Saturday night.