Teenage body-poppers Twist & Pulse and 81-year-old singer Janey Cutler have made it through to the Britain’s Got Talent final.
The octogenarian singer won over the viewers with a belting performance of Shirley Bassey’s This Is My Life to top the public vote in the fourth semi-final.
But Twist & Pulse had a nervous wait before the judging panel opted for them over fellow dance act The Fusion in a split decision for the runner-up spot.
The acts will now take their place among the other lucky hopefuls vying for the chance to perform at the Royal Variety Performance.
Ms Cutler was speechless after being told she had won the popular vote.
Twist & Pulse promised more “surprises” after judge Amanda Holden put them through with the deciding vote.
Ms Cutler, who has been cast by some as this year’s Susan Boyle, is second favourite to win the overall competition after tonight’s show.
Commenting on her performance, judge Piers Morgan said: “You are magnificent. We have waited the whole competition for one of these moments that get the whole country talking the next day. That wasn’t just the performance of the night, that was the best performance of the week.”
Simon Cowell said the singer epitomises what Britain’s Got Talent is all about, adding: “It is not just about talent, it is about spirit and about character.”
Among those failing to make the grade on Thursday were diminutive street dancer Tyler Patterson, 10, and Mark James, who failed to impress despite singing both parts of Elton John and Kiki Dee’s Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.