Britain’s Got Talent judge David Walliams upped the camp factor on Saturday’s show by joining one of the acts on stage, as auditions reached Manchester and Edinburgh.
The Little Britain funnyman couldn’t resist the opportunity to dance with sparkly quintet The Showbears after they had performed their own unique spin on The Weather Girls’ It’s Raining Men.
And after becoming an honorary member of the band – even borrowing one member’s sequinned hat for the routine – he told them, “I was in heaven.”
Unsurprisingly the group won themselves a place in the next round after the other judges gave them the thumbs up, with Amanda Holden saying, “The Royal Family would adore you.”
And even Simon Cowell was won over after initially buzzing the act. “Everything was rubbish but kind of good,” he told them before sending them through to the next round.
Also making an impact on Saturday’s show were a pair of teenage singers, 16-year-old Hope Murphy from Essex, and Scottish teenager Paige Turley, who performed at the first ever Edinburgh auditions.
Hope wowed the panel with her version of Maxwell’s This Woman’s Work, while Paige’s take on Bon Iver’s Skinny Love proved similarly impressive.
“I think that you are a star in the making,” Amanda told Hope, while David said of Paige, “I think you look and sound like a pop star. Fantastic!”
Dance acts also hit big on Saturday night, with female troupe United We Stand among those faring well. “When a dance act comes on to the stage, my heart sinks a little because I think the standard is so high,” David told them. “But within about a second of you dancing, I knew you were something really special.”
And duo Strictly Wheels – featuring wheelchair dancer Paula – made it through to the next round with their offbeat and energetic routine.”I thought it was going to be a bit uncomfortable,” Simon said, “then suddenly Paula kicks off!”
However not everybody was quite so successful, and as usual a string of acts were sent packing – which this week included teenage bagpipe players The Pipe Bandits, who added novelty to their act by dressing up in multi-coloured full bodysuits.
“I kept thinking he was a giant condom playing the bagpipes,” Alesha joked, while Simon was even more blunt. “To me, it looked like five jelly babies playing the bagpipes,” he said.