As Britain’s Got Talent enters its sixth week, Piers Morgan has admitted that this year’s competition has no obvious winners.

‘Last year [amateur opera singer] Paul Potts was such an obvious favourite, but I think the field is wide open this year,’ he says. ‘Any one of about ten acts could win.’

Saturday night’s auditions in Birmingham offered up another mixed bag of performances, with arguably more quirky acts than any of the previous five shows. A man called Peter mimicked Zippy from Rainbow while driving a toy car, as his daughter cringed in the wings.

And there was a minor war of words between Simon Cowell and a woman called Susan after her series of poems about the Queen’s headwear had gone down badly with the audience. ‘Continuous poems about hats is a bit limited,’ Simon told the disgruntled contestant. ‘Not if you’ve got a lot of hats,’ she shot back.

But there were some stellar performances from the other auditionees. Club singer James Stone, 52, had the crowd in the palm of his hands as he belted out the Foghat song I Just Want to Make Love to You, and even managed to get Simon tapping along. Schoolboy Daniel Pirie, 13, also impressed with his Billy Elliot-style contemporary ballet routine. And young dance troupe Flava had the audience and judges transfixed with their urban dance act.

All in all, it’s looking very promising for the semi-finals, according to Piers:

‘We saw some real raw talent from the young street dancers at the end, and the live semi-finals next week are shaping up to be fantastic.’