Britain’s Got Talent: Sampson, Strike in the final

Street dancer George Sampson and martial arts duo Strike are through to Saturday’s final of Britain’s Got Talent after winning their semi-final heat on Wednesday night.

George, 14, from Warrington, won the public vote – said to be the biggest vote of the semi-finals so far.

Strike and 10-year-old crooner Charlie Green came second and third in the voting, with the judges voting 2-1 in favour of sending Strike through to the final.

George had already won over both the studio audience and the judges with his energetic routine to a remixed Singing In The Rain. Judge Simon Cowell said: “You get my vote, I thought you were terrific.”

Strike, aka Liam and Danny from Yorkshire, also proved a hit with the judges – particularly Amanda Holden who could hardly contain her excitement at the sight of the scantily clad duo. And judge Piers Morgan said: “I think you have kicked your way into the final.”

The losing acts included…

Irresistable, an all-girl trio from the North East, who opened the show in 1940s military costume for a rousing rendition of Christina Aguilera’s Candyman. Amanda said that: “vocally it was spot on”.

The Mary Halford March, a 24-strong under 9s dance troupe from Liverpool, looked pretty in pink – including their one male member. The youngsters clearly had fun, but Simon said their performance: “wasn’t as good as the first time we saw you”.

The Deans of Magic proved very unpopular, attracting three buzzes from the judges and boos from the crowd. The husband and wife act claim to be very ‘sensual’ but Amanda dubbed their performance “not reader’s wives, more car keys in the fruit bowl”.

Singer Charlie Green made the brave choice of performing a new song in the semi-final – a decision the judges suspected would cost him dear. Simon said: “You were a 10, the song was a two.”

Tribal belly dance group Urban Gypsies failed to win over judge Piers Morgan, who claimed their act wasn’t for the ‘younger generation’. He added: “I found it all a little bit toe-curling.”

And hula hoop trio Hoop La La pulled out all the stops with their performance (hoping at the very least to win over Simon), which included a light show and flying through the air… yes, all with hula hoops! Amanda described their act as: “Just genius!”