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      One of my favourite talent shows on tv! Suitable for all people with all weird and wonderful talents

      Britain's Got Talent was first set to broadcast in 2005 but was postponed until 2007 due to The Hit Show America's Got Talent. It doesn't matter who you are, how old you are or what your apparent talent is, everything is welcome onto a show like this.

      With 3 Judges from the Start Simon Cowell the boss of many famous Talent Shows, with big opinions and a big smile if you get it right, he is the boss of any talent show he judges! Piers Morgan mostly famous for a lot of his work in America, hard to impress but I believe a good asset to the Judging panel although at times could be very bland and same old. Who could forget the beautiful Amanda Holden, sweet, quirky and really connects with a lot of the contestants. Simon Cowell and Amanda Holden have stuck it out in The Talent show since it started (Simon missed the auditions in series 6 due to other work commitments in America). Piers left the show in 2011 due to commitments with a new show in America. Who can forget that Ant and Dec are the presenters of the show! A genius idea in my opinion to have these two men working together in the fun filled talent show!

      Just like many other Talent Shows it doesn't matter how good you are if you can't squeeze into the demanding life as a celebrity becoming famous on a programme like this just isn't right for you. Whether they can cut it in the world of the media industry is a completley different story. We are all still used to the occasional sob story, although the set up of the show doesn't change each series, the type of contestant most certainly varies. It isn't like a singing competition you never know what to expect or who might walk on the stage next and what on earth could they be doing. There is some excitement to this programme you just never know what to expect next, will the next act make you cry? laugh hysterically? or just leave your jaw dropped.

      The only issue I personally have with the show is because the judges in later rounds aren't pitched against each other and have to work together to put acts through they all do get on pretty well and have a giggle with each other. Yes its nice to see them laughing but it is nice for viewers to also see an arguement hear and there even if it is just for effect people always like a bit of drama!

      Series 1 2007- The winner of series 1 was incredible and a great start for the new UK Talent Show. We all doubt these sort of shows to start yes they are cheesy but they are addictive and we do all hope that the contestants wow us and do well! Paul Potts used to work in a Phone Shop for several years, a large man with a sad looking face, as most cynical people do like myself I assumed he would be rubbish and didn't pay much attention to his introduction until he started to sing. Beautiful Opera voice that felt like it came from nowhere came from his mouth! He received a standing ovation from the audience ad all the judges and has gone on to sell debut albums in his name. This series received just over 8.2 million viewers on average. I personally think looking back at the list of contestants in the show Paul is by far the best winner and most deserving, all the other acts aren't really that recognisble even more.

      Series 2 2008- George Sampson a teenage boy with a big dream appeared on the show, he is extremley talented and a fantastic Street dancer. He won the show at the age of only 14 with an unforgettable final performance to 'Singing In The Rain'. This year the Talent Show had more people appyling and over double the amount of people in the semi's to the year before, but again this year the stand out act had to be George. It was obvious from this series who the winner was likely to be. The series had on average ratings of over 10 million.

      Series 3 2009- Susan Boyle an older lady, who had absolutely no fashion sense, a cringey sense of humour and a rather unique voice, did Britain proud. This is something that will never be forgotten in all of Britain's Got Talent history. She started to sing and sounded like a professional, she sand 'I dreamed a dream' from Les Miserables. In my opinion I was very cynical when she first came onto the stage and I believe the judges admitted it to as they sniggered at her before she started to sing. Susan now has the nickname of SuBo blew the great british public away and received a standing ovation from the audience and the Judges (The original Simon, Amanda and Piers). She has had over 20 Million Youtube views for her first audition. She was that good that she was even talked about right the way up to America. She was tipped to win the show but lost out to Talented and Diverse street dance crew Diversity. Diversity won the show against 9 other acts with over 204% of the overall vote. Diversity are a tight street dance crew who were up against acts similar to theirs such as Flawless, but with their cutting edge performance, sweet and deserving attitude they won it! If I'm honest I think Susan thought she would win simply because of all the press she had and the massive reaction she had. Overall this show had a massive amount of viewers with over 13.3 million on average.

      Series 4 2010- Spelbound won this series of BGT against 9 other acts with a massive 37% of the vote. Spelbound are a gymnastic/dance crew with brave choreographed routines. Spelbound also performed twice for the Olympics last year in London. They are good at what they do in my opinion but people forget who they are these days, after the Royal Variety performance people forgot about them. I'd say this was in my opinion one of the weaker series of BGT out of the 4 so far, most of the final acts aren't that well remembered these days. Twist and Pulse another dance crew excelled in the competition and even had a Sky tv show after but after that it all sort of went disappointingly downhill. This series again had the 3 original judges Amanda, Piers and Simon but also brought along Louis Walsh for some of the auditions, in my eyes his opinion really didn't make much of a difference. This series brought in on average about 11 million viewers.

      Series 5 2011- Jai McDowall winner of this series, I had to actually search up who the winner of this series was because in my opinion he wasn't really anything incredible. I think a lot of singers who go on this show are on the wrong talent show and have more chance at success on a music talent show. Ronan Parke who was against Jai McDowall in the final and finished in second place was tipped to win the show which does make you think was it fixed and planned for the underdog to win it? Jai won with 29% of the vote. In this series the funny thing was the top 3 acts were all singers as well! The series average of viewers was around the 9.5 million mark. This was also the year the judging panel was finally shaken up a bit, Simon Cowell took a step back for the years auditions and appeared again in the Live shows and left Amanda Holden in charge with the help of newly appointed judge David Hasselhoff an American citizen who was a judge on America's got talent, the only problem with 'The Hoff' was he had a few communication issues with the British public and judges, he couldn't understand typical English terms which was funny for the public but annoying for some of the acts and himself. Michael McIntyre (My favourite comedian) a hilarious larger, funnier and camp comedian appeared on the judging panel for the year, he lightens the mood and always has great energy levels, cracking a joke whenever he could. A recipe for weirdness with this unique judging panel, they plotted to put some rubbish acts through to the live shows because Simon wasn't around and boy didn't t work!

      Series 6 2012- The most recent BGT series to date and may I say hasn't it been one of the best, another new judging line up to make some fresh changes Alesha Dixon a UK singer had been appointed as a judge as well as David Walliams the comedian other half of Matt Lucas. David and Simon struck up a bromance in this series of BGT David loved Simon and Simon was always irritated by David's behaviour. David awarded Simon his own name by the end of the series which was 'My Simon'. Alesha and Amanda worked well together ganging up against the boys or ganging up with David against Simon.
      Another sinical move from the British public this year Jonathan and Charlotte two best friends who do a lot together walked onto the stage, Charlotte a young pretty girl, Jonathan a larger boy who gets bullied at school and picked on a lot. They come and go as a pair, after announcing their act and what they were about to do the audience laughed at the thought of them being any good, the audience were wrong, a fantastic pair of choir/orchestral singers with fabulous voices, only problem is they thought Jonathan was better than Charlotte but they decided to move forward in the competition as a pair and finished in second place with over 25% of the public vote, they also became an internet sensation with over 34 million hits for their first audition alone. The WINNERS of BGT are incredible, Simon has always been a sucker for talented dog acts and wasn't it about time one of them did really well in this competition. Ashley and Pudsey, Ashley a young teenager that studies hard at school and at home and makes time for her best friend her dog Pudsey, Ashley created a fantastic first routine that blew the judges away and who would of thought it their routines got better and better, best winner of this series and in my opinion what was better was the underdog won, bets were all on Jonathan and Charlotte to win! Ashley and Pudsey were also the first acts to win the massive lump sum of money £500,000 compared to the original £100,000, one of the most deserving winners of the show. They won with over 39% of the public vote!

      So Britain's Got Talent is currently airing now it is into its 7th Series and hasn't the talent so far been exceptional, if you don't watch it I really think you should give it ago its funny and entertaining. It's one of them things people say that they hate to watch and 'it's boring' or 'our country don't have talent' but really there are always some icredible acts that hit our television screen, some are hysterical, some are awful, some are truly talented but all our entertaining no matter what they are like.

      I love the show and I am happy to admit to that, fine not everyone will and it is only in my opinion that it is a great show but looking at the amount of viewers that usually watch the series its true that a lot of people do tune into it. The judges are hilarious and work well together, I do sometimes they say things just for a bit of drama and more ratings, after all they did pitch themselves up againt The Voice UK with the prime time tv spot on a Saturday night. Britain's Got Talent really is a true statement in my mind, yes some people go on there just for 5 minutes of fame and some go on there just for the money but most of all people go on there to showcase their talent to the UK.

      There is a lot in it for the winning act they get a great sum of money if they win to do whatever they wish to do with, which for most people will always be a bonus and ore of a reason to try out, for a lot of contestants its money over pride. The winner also gets to perform at the Royal Variety in front of the Queen which is a pretty scary task to complete I must say. But after the Royal Variety performance it is up to the act to find some sort of way to find fame, they need to find a way to get recognised and signed by an agency if they can do this the chances of them succeeding are high. Ashley and Pudsey appeared in the NTA awards of 2013 with a 'Gangnam Style' Routine, short sweet and the audience loved it (I was there!)

      Britain's Got Talent is a talent show watched by millions of viewers, it doesn't matter if you win or lose if you are talented people will hear about you. I like the fact the judging panel varies most years and gives it a fresh look. My only critique is there are still to many sob stories as far as I am concerned, I know they are meaningful but because they try to squeeze a story on the contestants life in it means that we can't see as many acts. I understand going into more detail about the acts in the next stage but not through the audition process. Oh! Another thought I worry more about the young children being allowed to appear on the show, one year one of the girls reached the Semi's Live and broke down on the stage not only is it sad to see this happen it can take a lot of time to find a contingency plan. I do think some of the younger children cannot cope with the fame or the pressure and maybe they should contemplate a minimum age restriction.

      Well I do also think that the show wouldn't be the same without Ant and Dec as the presenters, they are on our tv's every Saturday night when the show is on and don't the ladies love them! They have a great relationship and they interact well with the contestants and audience. They even laugh along with the rubbish acts and usually egg them on a lot! They bring a different sense of fun to behind the scenes that the audience viewers and most of the judges don't usually get to see.

      It is a great talent show and I think the more you watch it the more you learn to love it and almost become addicted to it. The series that is already on tv currently has kicked off to a great new start with some fantastic singers, dance crews and plenty more surprises in store! Tune in for the new series, don't miss out! See for yourself if Britain really has Got Talent!

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        09.06.2010 23:02
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        A fun talent show that doesn't take itself too seriously

        Britains Got Talent is exactly the show the title implies. Well, to a certain extent. It's a Talent Show where variety acts, whether it be musicians, comedians or dancers, try to win a competition for a place at the Royal Variety Performance. Oh, and the small issue of a £100,000 cash prize.
        The first few shows of the competition follows hopeful contestants auditioning and various locations throughout the Uk, in front of three judges, Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan (No, I don't see what right they have to judge talent either!). Like all talent show auditions, there's good ones, and there's bad ones. The contestant goes onto a stage in front of the three judges and an audience, usually of around 1,000 people. The contestant introduces themself, and shows their act. All judges then have a buzzer, which illuminates an 'X' symbol. If all judges buzz, the act must stop their audition early, resulting in the act not going through to the next round. The problem with these auditions is that sometimes the judges pick very bad acts to be put through, mainly Piers and Amanda to wind up Simon Cowell, which has become more noticible in the latest series.
        When all acts have been chosen to go through, they must compete in a Live semi-final (5 in total) consisting of 8 acts in total. The format follows the same of that of the auditions, however it is viewers votes that put the acts through. When the Results are announced, the winner goes through and then the judges must choice who goes through out of the acts that came 2nd and 3rd. When all acts have been chosen, they go through to a live final where one is eventually crowned the winner.
        The show itself is enjoyable to watch, especially with friends and family. However, alot of good acts don't get through because bad acts are put through for comedic effect, which although it can ben fun to watch, shatters a dream of a more talented act. Also, the semi-final line ups usually put at least 2 of the worse acts in each one, meaning they'll never get to go through anyway. Yes, they were funny to watch in series 1 and 2, but now I find myself feeling sorry for the people who were told no so they could get their 15 minutes of fame for nothing. Another problem that has become apparent with the show is that there is a high numbers of dance acts. And talented as they may be, it all becomes a bit boring to watch them.
        So if you've got a few friends over, stick this show on and have a laugh at the bad acts that are on, and even appreciate the acts that actually have talent. But if you want a show that takes itself seriously with talent, this isn't it.

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          Home to Diversity and The Hairy Boyle

          ***This review is not sponsored by the new Mingy Meaty pizza from Dominos. Rates on this review will not cost 15p from a BT landline nor will they cost considerably more from a mobile.***

          I have a few guilty pleasures in life. Most of them simply couldn't be repeated here (that reminds me I must buy some more butter and get that mink glove washed) but one that I will finally own up to liking is the annual freak show that is Britain's Got Talent (oh, the irony!) Screened annually around May/June, with the final timed to coincide with the summer half-term holidays, Britain's Got Talent is the latest commercial behemoth from the mind of Simon Cowell. It's essentially a rework of the old New Faces/Bob Says Opportunity Knocks format, with rather more sponsorship and advertising and, arguably, rather less talent. The prize is a mighty one - the winning act receives a cash boost of £100,000 and a slot on the next Royal Variety Performance, performing in front of the Queen herself (who almost certainly dreads it as much as everyone else, but is too polite to say so). Like anything else touched by Simon Cowell (well, not everything, I've not seen Simon Cowell toilet paper yet) the show has gone on to be a global phenomenon, with countless international varieties.

          Anything goes here and anyone can enter doing whatever they like, within reason. I suspect that a ping-pong ball jettisoning ladyboy from Bolton would be excluded on the grounds of public decency.

          ***This review is still not sponsored by the Fishy Finger pizza from Dominos. You can rate at the end of the review, if you haven't gouged your eyes out with the irritation from constant sponsorship messages.***

          ==The Judges==

          Since the series started, the judges have remained the same, except for a brief dalliance with Kelly Brook, who only lasted a couple of regional heats before Simon decided that she wouldn't put out and sent her away with a flea in her ear (or something).

          Piers Morgan, former newspaper editor, has always struck me as a curious choice for a judge on this show, but seems to have discovered a new-found popularity. He doesn't exactly have his finger on the pulse, and seems to like and vote through the most bizarre acts possible. An endorsement from Morgan is essentially the same as your gran telling you that you look nice when you're off down the rave up, but ladies of a certain age seem taken by his charm and sophistication. As much as it's possible to warm to a sychopantic idiot, Piers has worked a little of his charm on me over the last few years and I can now just about watch him without ripping my ears off.

          Amanda Holden (she of the expensive dress) is the tart with a heart on the panel and is certainly lured by the promise of naked male flesh. She's not frightened to ogle the fellas and offsets the blatant sexism of her two male peers who leer over anything with boobies. Holden is the queen of the cliché, repeatedly telling people that they've 'raised the bar' and that they 'made something their own' but she's actually quite likeable and has a better sense of fun than the other two. I suspect that she had something to do with the departure of the younger, bustier Kelly Brook.

          Simon Cowell is, as ever, the bad guy of the piece, at least to start with. His opinion generally more closely reflects my own, although as the competition wears on, he seems just as lured by the sugary charm of the whole thing and starts being nice to people. If they're honest, all the acts crave Cowell's approval. It seems to be the case that if he of the rather high waist line likes what you do then you've made it, although a flash of thigh is the easiest way to endear yourself if you are of the female persuasion.

          ***This review remains unsponsored by a very irritating pizza company who believe that it's appropriate if their pizzas start talking suggestively to each other.***

          ==The Auditions==

          There are essentially two key stages to the show. The auditions run for several weeks, with a pre-recorded selection of some of the best and worst acts to get on the stage in each of the regional heats. To keep things lively, they don't focus on one location per week, but flit backwards and forwards between the various cities as the mood dictates. At this stage, the talent hopefuls must perform in front of three judges, who will, between them, decide whether the act should go through to be considered for the next stage. Technically, the show offers barely any support at this stage. The acts must bring all their own props and music, and are basically responsible for everything that they do. Once on stage, the acts must survive the wrath of the three judges, each of which can buzz the act off. If all three judges buzz, poor Dorothy Flangebucket is on her way home. Watching and gurning from the sidelines are those cheeky Geordie chappies, Ant and Dec, who humanise the proceedings a little more by secretly mocking the acts from the sidelines and then congratulating them when they get through to the next round.

          Of course, thousands of acts apply to go on Britain's Got Talent and many don't even get to perform on the stage. Teams of producers will vet the acts briefly (and in a rather cut throat fashion) to ascertain whether they are of any entertainment value. Shock acts often seem to get a chance, as do people with obvious mental issues and it's unsurprising that the show has courted a lot of controversy for turning into something of a freak show. What is even more surprising, however, is how some of the acts get any further than this stage. Amanda and Piers together will often vote through utterly talentless/weird individuals, much to the chagrin of Mr Cowell who, outvoted by his idiot peers, must sit through the whole act again in the semi-finals.

          The appeal, of course, is in watching people get buzzed off or at least willing the judges to do it. The buzzers themselves make a wonderful sound - rather like a giant wasp farting - and the looks of indignation from contestants that believed themselves to be the next Celine Dion are pretty priceless. The judges do let some people go on far too long and in previous series some of the reasons would be very predictable. Amanda, for example, is not a fan of women who use their bodies to gain attention and often has a swipe at them. Simon probably has the lowest boredom threshold and is often the first to buzz, along with a 'what the f?' expression or hand gesture.

          Unlike X Factor, where you have the auditions, then the boot camps, then live finals, there's a bit of a gap in the middle where those who get through the auditions are further screened to go into the final stages. We don't really get to see any of this but can only assume that the three judges have some kind of voting system, as Piers and Amanda's freak choices nearly always crop up again.

          ***So now you're probably getting really tired of these constant interruptions from a pizza retailer.''' '''The review still isn't sponsored by them and, if anything, is probably making you more and more reluctant to buy one of those festering, bread-based calorie overdoses.***

          ==The Live Semi-Finals==

          Firstly, it irritates me intently that this stage is referred to as the semi-finals, as there are, in fact, five of them but in the absence of a more suitable name, I can see why they do it. Screened consecutively over five nights, these semi-finals (grrr) show us eight of the best acts (ha!), with only two that can go through to the big final. A public vote (another money-spinner) decides the favourite and then the next two go to an entirely predictable judges' vote, with only one of the two going through.

          At this stage, the show's producers have more input into the acts, lending props, special effects, backing dancers and choirs as required to liven things up a bit. You'd expect that by this stage, the acts would generally be pretty good, but some truly awful acts still make it to this stage. 2010's Most Useless included a male Lady Gaga impersonator who was clearly ill and an older male Madonna impersonator, encouraged by his wife for reasons we shall never know, resplendent with a glorious camel toe down the front of his grotesque outfit. Thanks to a stand in visit from Louis Walsh whilst Simon was ill, the ubiquitous pointless Irish act got through too, this time comprising an elderly gentleman dressed as a leprechaun doing the whole Riverdance thing. Yes, my eyes actually bled.

          Increasingly, the show is becoming dominated by street dance acts, with the lion's share of the acts comprising dance troupes strutting their stuff. It's a curious thing to get through in such quantities, but seems driven by the fact that one such act, Diversity, won the entire competition in 2009. It means, however, that there's actually a bit of a lack of real variety here. There are hardly any comedians or magic acts and if you don't like watching dance then the competition is almost entirely a no-go zone. There's also the issue of age here, in that unlike X Factor there are no minimum age restrictions so you tend to get lots of little muppets singing or dancing and going for the cute vote.

          This is where the show can potentially go horribly long. Rather like Ciao where the sympathy vote often cuts the mustard, the general public seems terribly inclined to vote for people because they're very young or because they look like they're about to wet themselves. In many ways, it's still not really about who is the most talented, or who would be the most appropriate act to put in front of the Queen (although I still long for a Transylvanian transsexual pole dancer to make it through, brandishing a silver thong bearing the message God Save The Queen.) There's also an important factor here in the running order. Nearly every act to go last gets the highest vote, almost as though people come into the show at the very end and vote for the only one that they've seen.

          The 'drama' of the judges' vote is more than a little contrived, often clearly set up so that Simon has the casting vote, which plays to his sense of power. The judges pontificate and look pained, when in fact secretly you suspect that Cowell has already made it quite clear who he wants to go through. The casual manner in which the losers are effectively told to bugger off is slightly harsh, but driven by ITV1's rabid advertising schedule, methinks.

          ***Fancy a pizza? No, me neither.***

          ==The Live Final==

          Billed by ITV1 as the television event of the year, the final is a rather bloated telethon that runs for something like three hours and features the ten finalists, again performing live in front of the studio audience and millions of sad people at home. By this stage, there isn't much buzzer action going on and the judges become even more sycophantic than ever. Even Cowell now starts to make concessions, notably in 2010 when he praised an 81 year old granny for making the sort of mistake that would have led to a savaging on the likes of X Factor. In the live final, it's the viewers at home who choose their winner by telephone vote and it's not always easy to predict who will win. Everyone expected The Hairy Boyle to win in 2009, but she was ousted at the last minute (thank goodness) by Diversity, although she has since gone on to sell more albums than should be allowed.

          A brief summary of the 2010 finalists for those who might be interested:

          Twist and Pulse - a duo of teenagers who put on a sort of dance-based comedy act with lots of groovy moves and cunning musical samples. For me, they were the best of the competition for innovation and sheer entertainment value and you could see the £ signs flashing past Simon Cowell's eyes with the idea of endorsement opportunities. They came second in the end, which was respectable and predictable.

          Liam McNally - a cheesy little school boy from Manchester with one of those angelic little voices (think Aled Jones on the snowman) that's very high and very unappealing. I couldn't help thinking that the older audience members probably voted this chap through. I also couldn't help thinking that his life at school was about to turn to hell.

          Paul Burling - a talented comedian/impressionist who put on a great show, changing his material markedly from the semi-final and showing a fantastic range of impressions. He'd have been a likeable act to go through but didn't have that pizzazz that captures audiences.

          Christopher Stone - another unappealing singer, who is an accountant by day. Stone's voice was perfectly positioned to see a career in the West End, but was nothing any more remarkable than dozens of singers working that career professionally.

          Tina and Chandi - a pleasant lady with a lovely dog that was far too old to be parading around on television. Whilst the dog had rather more talent than some of the humans in previous rounds, it struck me that she shouldn't really be on stage in glaring lights performing to show music and should be curled up at home dreaming of bones.

          Connected - a desperately awful boy band that chose desperately awful boy band songs to sing. Accomplished enough for their age, what everyone seemed to be missing was that, like it or not, there's an aspect of sexuality to boy bands that meant a group of thirteen year olds was just wrong.

          Kieran Gaffney - an unquestionably talented drummer putting on an unquestionably dull show. They had to suspend him and his drum kit in the air just to try and keep us awake. Bizarrely, he came third.

          Tobias Mead - a talented enough young dancer, who failed to realise that without a Warington-based story of abuse and misfortune, his act wouldn't be enough on its own to win the hearts of the audience. I so would.

          Janey Cutler - the singing granny. With a voice not unlike Edith Piaf gargling with razor blades, Cutler was gutsy but frail (requiring hunky men in suits to bring her on and off the stage). She badly messed up the song on the night but the audience and judges were forgiving nonetheless. Me? I'd have buzzed the old boot and told her she was sh*t.

          Spelbound - the series winners, who combined talent with copious naked male physiques and an inability to spell. I couldn't help finding their act a bit dull by the third round, but audiences disagreed and they went on to win and they were fit and naked, so it can't be bad. They're planning on spending the £100,000 on sun bed vouchers, I understand.

          ***No, I don't want a bloody pizza.***

          ==The Final Verdict==

          There's something rather curious about BGT that compels me to watch, even though I know I shouldn't. It's not always a case of 'may the best man win' but we're all watching it for the ritual humiliation of one weirdo after another getting booted out. It's entirely exploitative of course. Many of these individuals probably suffer irreparable psychological trauma from having their dreams shattered so callously, but the show remains a triumphant ratings winner. Now into its fourth year, like most of these things, few of the acts have actually gone on to do anything worthwhile, with Diversity and The Hairy Boyle the only acts to have careers of any longevity.

          But the format works very well. The entire series is condensed far more than the likes of X Factor, which means that it's over in a relatively short space of time and there are plenty of laughs to be had. Ant and Dick make perfectly amicable hosts (I actually quite like them if I'm honest) and it could never be argued that the show doesn't have its water cooler moments. This is car crash TV, without a doubt and damn www.tvcatchup.com for allowing me to watch it online instead of going out and doing real life things.

          Britain's Got Talent is shown on ITV1, with a separate show, Britain's Got More Talent on ITV2.

          ***I really must move these pizza boxes.***

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            Compelling - but not always for the right reasons!

            I know its not high brow TV or sophisticated - but I can't help but admit that I love Britain's Got Talent and unashamedly I watch every episode whenever its on. I know we have an overload of talent show contests at the moment, but it is the variety and exclusiveness of this show which makes it so compelling.

            Don't get me wrong....I'm not saying the talent is brilliant because, more often that not, the talent is the epitomy of car crash TV! The number of people that come onto the auditions and genuinely believe they are going to be the next best thing - only to open their mouths to reveal that they are nothing better than talentless morons (ok, I know that's harsh....but come on, so many are!). But its funny....entertaining...mainly because it makes us feel that maybe we aren't that bad after all!

            However, every so often you have someone come along that blows you away. Who can not remember that amazing moment when Susan Boyle stood on the stage and belted out "I dreamed a dream" - and no one saw that coming. Or equally the brilliant Paul Potts who won us over with his rendition of Nessum Dorma. I think these contestants won over our hearts because they weren't considered to be one of life's winners - unconfident, underachievers maybe - and yet when they sang they transformed in front of our very eyes from hopeless wannabe's into world class performers. Compelling and heart warming - and sends us the message that we should not pre-judge or base our assumptions on appearances only.

            Ant and Dec, as always, are brilliant and faultless. And the judges, Amanda Holden, Simon Cowell and Piers Morgan are charasmatic, opinionated and passionate. Oh - and come on - who doesn't secretly fancy the pants off of Simon Cowell (you might hate the fact that you do, but I bet you still do). I love that they all seem to genuinely enjoy their job as judges and their enthusiasm is catching.

            I do find the TV schedule of Britain's Got Talent a bit annoying though because sometimes its on once a week, sometimes twice a week and sometimes every night.

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              overall a good talent show

              Britain's Got Talent (BGT) is a British talent show on ITV and ITV2, like most TV talent shows, it was created by Simon Cowell and first aired in 2007. The show has just finished its 4th series whereby Spelbound won the show.

              ** What its all about **

              Basically its X Factor with a twist, all ages and talents can enter. Some of this years best included singers, dancers, gymnasts, comedians and musician's. The winner of the show gets to perform for the Royal Family at the Royal Variety Show and receives £100,000.

              ** Presenters **

              The show is presented by Ant (McPartlin) and Dec (Donnelly).

              ** Judges **

              Contestants perform in-front of 3 main judges, Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Pierce Morgan, however on occasions special guest judges may also be on the panel.

              ** Auditions **

              The first stage of the contest is the Audition Process, this is the longest part of the series and probably the most enjoyable. The Britain's Got Talent team and judges travel around the country to places such as Glasgow, London, Birmingham etc, holding auditions for the countries most talented.

              The contestant perform in front of the judges and audience, if they get 3 buzzes from the judges they must stop performing. At the end of the performance the judges give comments and then the verdict whether or not the contestant is through to the second part of the audition.

              The judges then look at the contestants in more detail and compare their thoughts with each other before making their selection of semi-finalists. The contestants will then be told in groups whether or not they have made it to the next stage.

              ** Semi-Final **

              The semi final is broadcasted live and is split up over 5 days, at the end of each show, when all the acts have performed, viewers are able to vote to save their favourite act/s. The act with the highest public vote goes straight through to the final, the judges will then choose an act to save from the two next favourite acts.

              ** The Final **

              The final is also broadcasted live, all remaining acts will fight it out to win the show, after each performance the judges will give their comments, however they have no say at all who wins the show as it is all determined by the public vote. Once all the acts have performed, the lines open, there is then usually a performance from a guest, in order to allow time to count the votes. The 3 acts with the highest votes are selected (to add some drama) they will then be told who is third, second and first place. The winning act will finish the show by performing again.

              ** My Opinion **

              I like the fact that everyone can enter this competition, but then I also feel really sorry for the children who don't make it through, the selection process can be quite brutal and I think it's a lot for a child to deal with.

              I think I prefer BGT to the X Factor as it does give the audience a wider variety.

              Like many other people, the audition stage is my favourite part of the show, I know its awful but I find it at times hilarious. I do feel sorry for a lot of contestants though, some I feel should have been put through (especially when others get put through for sob stories or as a way to annoy Simon) and I feel sorry for those people who really think their good at their act, especially when their family and friends have encouraged them to audition. I also think the audience can be harsh at times, and shouting "off, off, off" is just rude, but I guess it all adds to the humour and theatrics of the show.

              With many shows of this kind, I think that its possible to run its course after a couple of series, however I think that BGT will continue to bring entertainment to viewers for many years to come, and the talent seems to keep on improving.

              I personally have never voted on any of these kinds of shows, some people say its all fixed, and I don't have enough faith in the media to argue otherwise. Not so much on this show, although it happens, I think some of the footage can be staged for entertainment purposes and I cant stand the whole life story stuff, I think that if someone truly has talent then they wouldn't need a sob story to fall on. (Sorry that sounds harsh)

              Overall I would rate this show 4/5, I think when the talent is good its brilliant and when the talent is bad its hilarious however I do think that it can be unnecessarily harsh to contestants at times.

              Thanks for reading x

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              Great show

              Britain's got talent has been going for a good few years now, and I don't normally watch it after the audition stages, but this year I actually watched most of it, right to the live final at the end.

              It starts with the auditions which take place all over the country in cities like Glasgow, Manchester and London. These take place usually at the arenas and thousands of people turn up. The show is open to anybody to apply with any talent they think they have. I wish the singers wouldn't go on this show, they would be better on x factor, and I think it just makes the show a bit like x factor when they have so many singers. It is much better when there are lots of different types of acts which are something really different, that you haven't seen before. This is what makes the show so popular, because each year there are so many new acts, that it never becomes boring with the same things happening such as x factor. Even animals get to audition!

              When the acts audition, they have to get at least 2 out of three yes's from the judges to go through. Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan are the three judges, but this year they also had Louis Walsh on as a guest judge when Simon was off ill. The judges are all really honest, but Amanda and Piers do like to put through rubbish acts just to wind up Simon! I hate it when they do this and then some of them get through to the live shows and better acts miss out.

              Once they have got through the auditions, Simon, Amanda and Piers all sit down and decide which 40 acts to put through to the live shows. The auditions are shown every Saturday night on ITV, and then when they have the final 40, it is shown every night for a week at around 7.30, where the final acts all get to perform live and two of them each night go through to the final. The public get to choose the first to go through, then the next two most popular the judges decide which one goes through.

              In the live final, all 10 acts get to perform once more again, and then at the end there is a final three. The winner this year was spelbound which were a gymnastic group, and they won a chance to perform at the royal variety show and also £100,000.

              There are also performances on each live show from artists such as Usher, Miley Cyrus and Dizzee Rascal. Each live show is also presented by Ant and Dec.

              I really enjoyed this years Britain's got talent, and will definitely watch it again next year.

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              I promise i wont watch it but always do

              For the past week, each night of the week we have recorded Britain's Got Talent. It is a show i have promised myself i will never watch, but always end up looking at and shaking my head at!

              Basically, 3 people, namely Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan, visit various locations throughout the Uk and act as judges for an array of people who wish to parade their talents (or not as the case may be) and are told wether they will be put through to the next round or not. The aim of the show is that the winner or winners will receive £100,000 and will perform at the Royal Variety Performance. Most of the contestants are either deluded, out for 15 minutes of fame, or just plain nuts!

              Once they get through to the the second round, a shortlist of people are made by the judges, who then take the shortlist through to the semi finals. This stage is over 5 nights with a mixture of the chosen, performing again for a public vote. One person from each night, who receives the most public votes, automatically goes through to the finals and another two are chosen each night, who received the next highest votes of the evening by the public. The judges then decide which of the two are going through for a place in the final.

              When finals night comes around, the finalists perform again in front of the judges but the winning vote is cast by the public. The winner then gets £100,000 and performs at the Royal Variety Performance as mentioned earlier.

              This years final had some really good talent, my favourite being Twist & Pulse, a dance act who were really unique. The winners, Spelbound were awesome and performed gymnastic moves that made my eyes water.

              I love to see ordinary people make good, but this year, some of the semi finalists had as much talent as a pet goldfish but it seems that the judges need to fill spaces with people who they know don't stand a chance of winning, which then gives those with some talent less competition in the semi's. I always promise myself i will not watch it but i know i always end up being a traitor to myself.

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                An entertaining watch!

                This week there has been one show that has been taking over my TV screen and that is Britain's Got Talent. I'm usually not a huge fan of all these reality based shows but there is something about Britain's Got Talent that I really love.

                Britain's Got Talent started back in 2007 and is a show where the three judges, Simon Cowell, Piers Morgan and Amanda Holden along with the help of the British public find an act to win £100, 000 and a chance to perform at the Royal Variety Performance. They do always mention performing in front of the Queen but does she even go to that for more than the hand shaking at the end? This act can quite literally be anything from comedy, magic, singing, dancing, in fact you name it and its probably been seen in the Britain's Got Talent Auditions.

                The show as far as I'm aware has always had the same format. When they have tried to mess with that format, like adding in judge Kelly Brooks it quickly reverts back to its old ways. It starts on our screen in Spring with a weekly Saturday shows which feature peoples auditions. When the auditions come to an end the judges choose which acts to go through to the semi finals. These are live shows shown over consecutive nights where a number of acts will perform, this year it has been eight acts each night shown over five nights. Two of these acts are chosen to go through to a live final at the end of the semis. The first of these acts is chosen completely by the public as they are the people with the most votes. The second is chosen between the acts that had the second and third most votes and is a decision made by the judges. The overall finalist and winner of Britain's Got Talent is decided by the public.

                Winners of the series so far are:
                2007 Paul Potts (an opera singer - though not too sure what he is up to now a days)

                2008 George Sampson (street dancer - again I'm sure he's done quite a lot (a quick look on wiki shows he released a single...really?????) though I haven't heard of him doing much other than appearing in street dance 3D)

                2009 Diversity (dance troupe - They seem to have been doing quite a lot appearing in adverts and dancing in lots of random places like outside number 10 and more recently have also stared in street dance 3D.)

                2010 ???? (Though I have high hopes for the dancing dog Chandi and Paul Burling the impressionist!)

                As with X-Factor you don't have to win Britain's got Talent to become 'famous'. Other acts are:

                Susan Boyle (Crazy singing sensation who for some unknown reason took the world by storm. Things have been quiet on the SuBo front but I'm sure there will be an uprising again soon.)

                Stavros Flatley (Greek dancers - I have nothing against Diversity but last year these guys should have won just for sheer comic genius. They have been doing things in the past year and I seem to remember them releasing a book. However at the moment they can be found advertising Mazuma.)

                Flawless (Another dance troupe who again can be found in street dance 3D)

                Personally I find this a great show to watch. I love the variety and the complete randomness of the auditions can often make me laugh, I mean who would have thought that a guy chopping wood would make it through to the semi finals? However, I find that if you really love the weird acts on Britain's Got Talent your better off watching the ITV2 show Britain's Got More Talent. When the live semi finals and the final start I'm completely hooked on the show and am always intrigued as to how people will up their game to make sure they get votes.

                There are a few things that I dislike about the show (I apologise now if you don't agree but this is just my opinion). One of them (thank god!) seems to have been eliminated this year and that is the sob story. I'm not a cruel person in anyway shape or form but I really hate sob stories, you audition for Britain's Got Talent because you have a talent, not a tragic past. In the previous series people who were quite frankly rubbish kept getting put through because they had started by using some sob story. It used to irritate me so much!

                However, quite nicely linked to the category of sob stories are kids as lets be honest a lot of the time children do get the aww vote rather than the wow they've got talent vote (let me state now I love kids. I am not a kiddie hater so I don't want any comments saying other wise lol). This is not to say that kids don't have talent because a lot of them clearly do, though how many are forced in to it through their mums is questionable. The problem for me it's the fact that a lot of people vote for kids and in the case of the judges put them through because they don't really want to see a little girl cry at the end of the night etc. For example Hollie Steel from last years show messed up her semi final performance and started crying. She got the chance to perform again, which isn't something that would happen to anyone older if they made a mistake. If there's a group of kids its even worse because no one wants to see a whole brigade of children cry. For any of you watching this years show would you have liked to have seen Stardust in all their bright little costumes with their smiley happy faces not being picked by the judges?(As Amanda would say 'I'd rather break one big heart than lots of little ones') I think that there should definitely be a separate show for children (yes, I know it would be difficult due to groups with both adults and kids but I'm sure they could figure something out). In fact I'm not sure why Mr Cowell hasn't done this yet as it would be another huge cash injection for him. The other night Amanda came up with the perfect name 'Little Britains Got Talent'.

                The other thing that I don't particularly like are singers who could have just applied for the X-Factor, a few of these have cropped up over the years and I really don't understand why. Half of me wonders if their talent wouldn't actually compare too well against other singers and therefore they try on Britain's Got Talent in a hope to stand out. This year's example would be Josh Barry. He was a really good singer but definitely belonged on X-Factor and not Britain's Got Talent.

                I love Britain's Got Talent and would recommend anyone watches it, after three years I'm, not bored and am definitely looking forward to next year. I regularly tell people who have missed a show to go and watch certain acts on YouTube (if you havent been watching this year then you definitely have to go watch Chandi the dancing dog). It's completely addicitive and you can never guess what you will be watching in the auditions and who could win.

                This current series is coming to an end though you can watch the last couple of shows on ITV1 (though be warned the live shows seem to have way too many adverts, it's like you get comfortable watching and then its time for a break again). However, I'm sure it will be repeated lots on ITV2 over the next few weeks if you have missed it. On ITV2 you can also watch Britain's Got More Talent after the main show (and again then repeated lots over the following weeks)

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                  02.06.2010 23:11
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                  THE JUDGES ARE BORED WHICH IS EVIDENT IN THE CHOSEN FINALISTS.

                  When the first series of this show started in 2007, I thought that this show was amazing. It's fantastic variety show format was what I believed we needed on national television. However I have to say that this year, Britains got talent has been a load of rubbish. I find it an insult to the Brittish public, that half of these weirdo's have been put through to the live finals.

                  Simon Cowell is the mastermind behind this show. It really has the genius formula to be the phenomenon that it has become. It has made superstars from the previous shows winners. The first show was won by Paul Potts who was a mobile phone salesman from Wales. Who is now a global superstar.

                  The show is presented by Ant and Dec who have the midas touch when it comes to the shows they present. They have a unique chemistry which engages the audience and provides warmth and humour in abundance.

                  The contestants audition in front of a live audience, but also three celebrity judges. Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan. I do wonder what credentials Piers Morgan has to deem someone talented or not. i find him cheesy and arrogant and not someone who is suitable for this type of show. Where Piers is unsuitable, I feel Amanda Holden is fantastic on this show. She is a little rocket and her enthusiasm and passion for the show is contagious. Also, her injection of glamour into the show allows the show a more glitzy showbiz feel. Simon is as arrogant, truthful and downright fabulous as he always is on a judging panel.

                  I have to admit, I do think Simon has appeared bored on this years show. I don't feel that he is as passionate or intrested this year as he has been previously. I think this is evident when observing the acts that have got through. I find it incredible that a camp singer in a glittery sailor suit gets through whilst a talented singer is dismissed.

                  Yes, there are one or two acts that are incredibly talented. But I just feel that the show lacks it's excitement and talent value of previous years. I think that this show has certainly lost it's spark this year. Amanda has lost her likeability and has become so predictable with her 'crying' at a small child singing.

                  The judges are supposed to press their big red buzzers if they feel that the auditionees act is not good enough. I have to say thoughout this series, I have been screaming at the television. 'Press your Buzzer!!!!'

                  The live finals, which are being aired this week, are chronic. Bordering on embarassing. I have actually stopped watching. There was actually an act of a man chopping wood whilst singing "Chopping Wood." Complete and utter rubbish. The winning act is to perform in front of the queen in the royal variety performance. I would be mortified if an act like this won.

                  I would say that Britain has most certainly got talent. However, these talented individuals are being pushed aside in order to make way for some kind of freakay this show has got lost and is now concentrating on finding the most wierd and diluded person in Britain. I won't be watching again. I could have told you who will win this show a few weeks ago. There is only one good act the rest is a pile of chopping wood!!!

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                    Full of family fun.

                    I prefer the auditions section of this program as it provides in my opinion the best entertainment. The best parts for me are of the ones that are in fact rubbish but think they are something spectacular especially the singers who try and argue with Simon Cowell as if he doesn't know what he is talking. It also annoys me how Amanda Holden turns on the waterworks for no apparent reason what so ever and turns around and say they are the best she has ever heard and they moved and simon cowell and piers morgan just look at her like they have gone mad, and some acts such as a bunch of old ladies standing there saying they are going to teach us how to finger knit, well not exactly entertaining is it. This program is excellent though as it has found no end of talent in this country such as Susan Boyle who even made American TV, and off course last years winners Diversity who in my opinion are a very hard act to follow as they a spectacular dance group and plenty have tried and failed to any competition for them. The Live shows to me have a mixture of the good and the bad acts, probably to keep you watching because most of us only tune into to see the bad acts, like the regurgitater what was they thinking off putting this act on the show, as if the Queen would like to watch someone swallowing something and bringing it back up. Then again Simon Cowell as made a fortune from these kind of shows and while he is still making money he will continue to grace our TVs with them.

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                    good show

                    Britain's Got Talent is a show that is shown on ITV where people from all walks of life go to audition in front of three judges and a theatre audience. They can show off any talents that they may have and the Judges watch and if they don't like it they press a buzzer and a big X comes up. If the person gets buzzed by all three judges then their act stops and that is the end of their audition. If they get to finish their audition completely then they have to listen to what the judges have to say about their act and then they vote on whether to send them through or not. They need at least two of the judges to put them through. The ultimate prize for the winner of the whole show is a place on the Royal Variety Show later in the year.

                    The show started over here back in 2007 when Paul Potts won the competition. The second series was won by young dancer George sampson with his memorable performance of Singing in the Rain.

                    Last years series was won by dance troupe Diversity with the now famous Susan Boyle finishing in second place.

                    The judges on the show have been the same since it started, namely Simon Cowell, Piers Morgan and Amanda Holden. Last year they had Kelly Brook as a judge but she was only at one audition in Manchester. This year they had Louie Walsh as a guest judge while Simon Cowell was away.

                    I like the judges on the show, I think they give fair comments to the acts although sometimes I think Amanda and Piers gang up on Simon and put a rubbish act through just for the sake of it. Simon Cowell is very fair even though a lot of the acts don't believe what he is saying, it makes me laugh when someone is singing in a terrible voice and he tells them and they look at him as though he is mad. I liked Louis Walsh coming on the show this year, he was so funny as a judge on this and liked all the mad acts that no one else liked and was saying yes to everyone.

                    The hosts of the show are Ant and Dec. I really like them as hosts, they are brilliant in the auditions where they send the people onto the stage and then you can see them in the wings dancing or making fun of the acts, I think the show wouldn't be the same if they decided not to do it any more They are also good when the acts come off and seem to know exactly what to say to people who either have got through and are in an emotional state or haven't got through and are upset or even in a bad mood.

                    The acts that get through the first auditions are then sorted out with the judges choosing who will go through to the semi finals. They then bring back a few acts at a time and line them across the stage and then tell them whether they are through or not.

                    In the semi finals they mix up the acts so that you get a variety on each night and they have one semi final on a night over a week. All the acts perform and the judges say what they think of the act but it is not down to them who wins the show and goes through to the final. The public phone in and vote and then later in the evening they have the results show and they tell you who got the most votes. This act is then straight through to the final, the two acts with the next amounts of votes go before the judges and they choose one of them and the one who gets two or more votes is through as well.

                    This year the final will be on Saturday the 5th o f June and I am really looking forward to it, there have been some very good acts this year with a variety of talents and it will be an entertaining week watching the semi finals.

                    I am giving this show 4 stars out of 5 as although I love the show they do put on a lot of repeating stuff that we have already seen the week before.

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                      This show has had its day.

                      Britain's Got Talent is another of Simon Cowell's reality shows, that has been on our screens every years since 2007. Each year the Britain's Got Talent judges - Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan - travel up and down the country searching for variety acts.

                      The wannabes initially perform in front of a live audience and three judges in the hope of making it big and the eventual winner walks away with £100,000 and they get to perform in front of the Queen at the Royal Variety Show.

                      In the opening auditions (which air each spring), we watch singers, dancers, bands, dogs and dog owners, comedians, pigs and pig owners, ventriloquists, horses and horse riders, cabaret acts and lots of other people with weird and wonderful talent take the stage. In the past the show has produced acts such as singers Susan Boyle and Paul Potts; and dancers Diversity and George Sampson.

                      When the contestants perform during the audition stages, if the judges don't like what they are seeing then they will buzz and a big red X will appear above the performers head, if the act gets three X's then they have to stop mid-act. However, if the judges are impressed then the performers will get through to the next round. The audience also plays a part - they make it very obvious if they like / dislike an act.

                      Ant and Dec make do a good job of linking the shows together and because they have such a down to earth nature they get the variety acts to talk openly.

                      On two separate occasions I have seen the audition stages of Britain's Got Talent being filmed live and I really enjoyed seeing the judges react to the live acts. However I wouldn't go and watch again because in my opinion the show is really starting to scrape the barrel for talent. I have watched this year's auditions and it seems that only poor versions of what we've seen before are auditioning - average singers, mediocre dance troops, cute dogs, little girls with nice voices... same old, same old... yawn!

                      Personally I feel as if this show has had it's day and I'm getting a little bored of the format. That said, it makes easy viewing and I still tune in every week - it's rather compulsive.

                      The shows that follow the preliminary audition rounds involve the public voting for their favourite acts and eventually the nation's favourites go head to head in a live final.

                      Britain's Got Talent has become an integral part of ITV's Spring schedule and currently you can catch the auditions stages on Saturday evenings at 8pm on ITV1, as well as the spin off show - Britain's Got More Talent, that airs on ITV2.

                      If you've never watched this show before I wouldn't recommend that you start to tune in now because this show has had it's day. The format is tired, the talent is tired and so is the programme.

                      A reluctant three out of five stars, - I only award it three because I can't seem to give this show up, so it must have something about it... I'm just not sure what...

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                        I can't be bothered with watching this

                        Britain's got talent is a talent show broadcasted on ITV on Saturdays at around 7pm. It is quite similar to the X Factor, except that the contestants don't have to just sing, but they can do whatever they want to prove to the judges that they have talent. Which they hardly ever do.
                        The winner will get to perform in front of the Queen, at the Royal Variety show. And of course they will also become famous and probably rich.

                        The show is quite popular but basically all you are watching is the judges take the mick out of delusioned people who obviously aren't all there. There are some people with talent of course but if I was them I don't think this is the show I would choose to go on.
                        It really should be called Britains got problems!!

                        The Judges
                        The show is judged by Piers Morgan, Simon Cowell and Amanda Holden. I think Piers is the best judge by miles, and Simon is a close second. Piers is entertaining with the things he says, and Simon is honest with the opinions he gives. He is arrogant though, which can be annoying.
                        The judge I don't like is Amanda Holden. In this she seems really up herself and I find her really annoying, in fact she puts me off watching this I have to be honest.
                        The show is also presented by Ant and Dec, who are funny as always and provide an escape of entertainment away from Amanda.

                        The best part to the show is the finals. At least in this the acts you are watching are actually entertaining and do have some talent.
                        Last year, street dance group Diversity won the show. I thought they deserved to get to the finals at least, because their dancing was definitely entertaining and it was hard to take your eyes off them. Susan Boyle came second, she deserved to get this far, too.
                        The acts I didn't like last year was a young girl and her grandad singing. I can't even remember their names but they were really soppy and I found them quite irritating.
                        I don't like the show because frankly I think its demoralising and all it proves is that Britain needs to put more money into its mental health services. But really its up to you if you want to watch it or not

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                          A great family show!!

                          Britains got talent is a TV programme that first came onto our TV screens back in 2007. It is aired on ITV,and is presented by Ant and Dec. The general idea of the programme is to find somebody from the UK, who has talent, to perform on the Royal Variety Performance in front of the Queen. The winner will also receive a cash prize of £100,000.

                          The auditions are held at locations throughout the UK, and anybody can turn up to show what talents they may have. These vary greatly from magicians, dancers, singers amongst other extraordinary acts such as, 'how many after eight mints can I eat in one minute?'.

                          The judges are Simon Cowell, Piers Morgan and Amanda Holden. Each has a buzzer during the auditions. If all 3 judges press their buzzer the act must end immediately. If not, the judges vote to see if the act goes through to the next round. They need 2 out of 3 votes, otherwise they go home. It is funny to see how the judges often disagree with each other, and often Piers or Amanda will put an act through, just to annoy Simon. They are of course in the knowledge that they will have plenty of opportunity to whittle the acts down in later rounds.

                          The first winner back in 2007 was a guy called Paul Potts. He introduced himself as a mobile phone salesman, before astonishing the audience with a rendition of Giacomo Puccini's Nessum Dorma. This resulted in a standing ovation. He subsequently progressed to the Semi Final and then the Final, which he won. I know for sure I was gobsmacked when I first heard him sing and I know I was not alone. I have watched his performance on many occasions on Youtube, and although I am no big opera fan, I do find Nessum Dorma and his version highly entertaining.

                          Due to its popularity it came back onto our screens in 2008, and by this time it had become one of our family's favourite programmes. We would get food and drink in, and watch the show from beginning to end. It really is amazing to see the talents around. At the same time it is quite alarming to see how deluded some people are, when they think they are good at something, and so obviously aren't. It often gets us asking eachother, why family haven't told the contestants before, just how bad they are.

                          The winner in 2008 was George Sampson, who was a young street dancer. Personally I didn't think he was the best act, although my daughter did. I'm sure the girls found him quite attractive, and although he was no doubt talented, it doesn't do you any harm having boyish good lucks and charm.

                          I think if you asked all those who watched the audition of Paul Potts in 2007, if a similar act would be found again in another series, the resounding answer would have been no. How wrong they would have been. However this opera singer turned up in a dress in the 2009 series. Her name was Susan Boyle. I think it would be fair to say that she isn't the most attractive lady, and came across quite eccentric in her audition. This made many people judge her before she even started to sing. However when she did, everybody had egg on their face. Her voice was fantastic. She has since gone on to sell millions of records, even though she only came second to Diversity in the final.

                          This years Britains got talent has only really got started, so it is not too late to start watching. Already we've seen some great acts (and some awful ones) but there is a long way to go. I would highly recommend it for family viewing. My kids love watching it, and talk about it in school. As yet in the series, I haven't seen anybody who stands out like Paul Potts or Sue Boyle, but there is still plenty of time.

                          Copyright stebiz 2010 - also on Ciao.co.uk

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                            Great Fun Show

                            Some people view Britain's Got Talent as real car crash TV. However there is a hidden beauty to this programme that really makes it good fun. If you have never seen Britain's Got Talent it's basically a talent show on a massive scale. The show holds auditions up and down the country and the eventual winners get to perform at the Royal Variety Performance in front of the Queen.

                            The first few shows are for me the best. The auditions attract thousands of hopefuls from all walks of life. This show really brings out some incredible talents ranging from singers, to dancers to samurai swordsmen. However it also brings out some of Britain's weirdest people. Some people turn up with out a hope, they perform there little bit and get booed off!

                            There are three judges that work on the show. Piers Morgan, Amanda Holden and Simon Cowell. The three judges all compliment each other very well. Piers in the guy with the eye for talent, he often plays devils advocate with the other judges. Amanda is the softie, she often gives people the sympathy vote. Then you have Simon, the hard man! He seems to be in charge, he pulls all the strings and is often the bad guy. The final decision often lies with him and he often breaks a lot of hearts.

                            After each audition the acts are either put through to the next round or they are sent home with their tails between their legs. When the auditions are over the show moves on to the heats. All the acts go up against each other and the competition gets a lot harder. The show follows the same format, the acts perform and either make it through to the next round or get voted off.

                            Later on in the series the people at home are given the opportunity to vote for their favourite acts. They people at home have the power to choose the eventual winners and losers. I tend to lose interest as the show progresses as it all gets a little to serious for me. However you have to admit some of the acts do have genuine talents and many of the finalists go on to have big careers in the entertainment industry.

                            In the current series there have already been some stunning talents on display. Some amazing dance acts with some really unique styles and original moves have been very impressive. Some wonderful singers, a few decent bands, a little girl who came on and belted out a truly magical number and some brilliant musicians. I loved the woman with the dancing dog, I'm not a fan of performing animals, but the dog was talented and really looked like it was enjoying itself. Possibly the weirdest and most disturbing thing I ever seen was the regurgitator. He swallowed money and then brought it back up in the correct order. He even swallowed a snooker ball and brought it back up, it was quite disturbing but also very amazing!

                            Overall this is a pretty entertaining show. It's easy to watch and very good fun. There is always something to laugh at and it does give people with a talent a really great stage to perform on. If you have never seen this show I dare you to watch it and not enjoy it! It's the kind of show that really sucks you in and gets you interested. Even though a lot of it is staged and often quite cringe worthy, it's just something that is so much fun to watch!

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