A pre-teen ballet dancer and an ageing poodle were among the acts who impressed the judges on Britain’s Got Talent this week as auditions continued.
This week saw highlights and lowlights from Cardiff, Birmingham and Manchester, with standouts including pre-teen ballet dancer James Hobley.
The 11-year-old, who told the judges that he is autistic, moved even Ant and Dec to tears with his powerful dance routine – and received warm praise from the panel.
“I adored everything about you,” Amanda Holden told him, “and I want you to look at that sign on the wall because you have talent.”
Also making an impact with his dance skills was 21-year-old Frenchman Michael Moral – whose command of English was so limited that he brought an interpreter on stage with him.
However his body popping skills spoke for themselves, winning him a place in the next round.
“That was probably the best dancer we’ve had on the show,” David Hasselhoff said of his routine, while Michael McIntyre described him as “amazing”.
Meanwhile, boy band New Bounce divided the judges at the Manchester auditions. The four teenagers got off to a rocky start when Amanda stopped them midway through their audition song, Bruno Mars‘ Just The Way You Are, and asked them to perform something else.
However after they had sung All My Life by K-C and JoJo the panel still took some convincing.
‘I didn’t think that you were that flat, you worked really, really well together and you can sing,” Amanda said, although David Hasselhoff wasn’t so sure.
“You, the lead singer, you were singing flat the whole time and the harmonies worked okay…when you came back with the last song, you guys were great,” he added. However he and Amanda still voted the four-piece through – with only Michael giving them the thumbs down.
Also proving popular were female dance troupe Girls Roc, who performed a raunchy routine involving fire and snakes.
“You come out here, you look wow, you’re really gorgeous, you’re really pretty, totally confident in what you do and you’ve got a beautiful act,” David said.
And scantily-clad violinist Alexandra Parker also triumphed – and not just for her outfit which consisted of a sparkly bra top and skintight leather trousers. “You have a lovely string section,” David joked.
Among the more unusual acts on Saturday, meanwhile, were fine art student Nathan Wyburn who thrilled Michael by creating a portrait of him out of Marmite – and pensioner Angela Richens and her 12-year-old dancing poodle Teddy.
While the canine needed a little persuading to perform, he charmed both judges and audience with his moves.
David described the pair as “adorable” while Michael added, “It’s nice to have you and Teddy as a package, I thought you were brilliant.”