It was a week of weird and wonderful acts on Britain’s Got Talent as the 2011 series reached its fifth week of auditions.
And it was dance troupes who made their mark on the judges as the competition began hotting up.
Among those who won their place in the next round were the offbeat act Circus Of Horrors, whose bizarre mix of trickery and acrobatics included sword swallowing, acrobatics, limbo dancing under a blazing bar and a woman being placed in a jar.
All of the judges were impressed with Amanda Holden calling the act “gruesomely good” and Michael McIntyre describing it as a “visual feast”.
David Hasselhoff added, “I want to go to a party with you guys!”
But they weren’t agreed on every hopeful which took to the stage on Saturday’s show.
Strongman John Evans, from Derbyshire, divided the panel with an act which saw him balance 20 buckets on his head.
David was unimpressed with the 64-year-old but Amanda and Michael loved his performance and put him through to the next round.
“You need to lower your expectations now you’re in Britain,” Michael told David.
Other dance acts who made it through included circus troupe Enchantment the trio Two and A Half Men and the quirky Hot Pot Theatre who did a routine involving shopping trolleys – but once again the panel were divided, with Michael giving them the thumbs down.
Britney Spears impersonator Lorna Bliss however found herself out of luck when she attempted to impress the judges with her tribute to the singer – and she failed to make it through despite trying to win over Amanda by kissing her.
But a number of more conventional acts did make it through – including teenage singer Jay Worley and 24-year-old support worker Jai McDowall who had previously reached the boot camp stage of The X Factor 2010.
“You absolutely nailed it,” David said following Jai’s rendition of Anthem from the musical Chess. “You have heart and emotion.”