The final week of auditions from the second series of Britain’s Got Talent has been screened – and the 40 finalists have been chosen.

The lucky 40 will compete against each other in a series of semi-finals which will be shown every night on ITV over the next week – leading up to the final next weekend.

And as with the previous series, the public will decide who goes to the final – and who ultimately wins the chance to perform for the Prince Of Wales at this year’s Royal Variety Performance.

Among those who have made it to the semi-finals are singer Madonna Decena, from the Philippines, who is hoping to win the show in order to be reunited with her children, opera singing teenager Andrew Johnston and 12-year-old Faryl Smith, who wowed the judges with her rendition of Ave Maria.

Singer Dean Wilson – who performed the opening number from Miss Saigon in his audition – and Boyzone impersonator Craig Harper are among the other musical acts who have made the cut.

And other child performers to make it through include 11-year-old crooner Charlie Green and 13-year-old comedian Charlie Wernham.

Among the more offbeat acts to reach the semi-final are martial arts duo Strike, contortionist Iona Luvsandorj and knife-thrower Phil Blackmore, who impressed the judges by balancing an axe on his chin while balancing on an uneven box.

And 16-year-old Kate Nicholas, who scored a hit with her performing dog Gin, is also through to the semis, as are quick change couple Visage, who impressed the judges with their tricks but not with their singing.

A clutch of dance acts have also made the semis, including belly dancer Sophie Mei, schoolgirls Boogie Babes – who Simon Cowell described as “the best dance act we’ve seen” and offbeat troupe Urban Gypsies, who were featured on Saturday’s show.

Signature, a duo consisting of Michael Jackson impersonator Suleman Mirza and his dance partner Madhu Singh – who dressed up as a cleaner before ripping off his overalls to join in the dance routine – are also in the semis.

And flamboyant mum Anya Sparks has landed herself a semi-final place with her memorable moves to Britney Spears’ Toxic – despite Simon Cowell’s objections.