Britain’s Got Talent, ITV1

by | May 10, 2008 | All, Reviews

Did we like it?

With a decent mix of entertaining good and bad acts, this was much better than last week’s low.

What was good about it?

• While we loved 12-year-old Faryl Smith’s Ave Maria, it has ruined the competition because she’s a shoo-in for the ultimate prize. Place those bets now.

• Animalgique, an act that was so bad it was good for many reasons: the bloke’s blond hair (cut as if he was one of the female stars of Dynasty), the terrible soundtrack, the tiny snake, the terrible costumes etc. They’re coming back, though. But not for much longer we suspect.

• The London bill including Hooplala (Simon got it wrong by dissing this delightfully camp hula hoop act), Drew the impressionist (“I haven’t got an ending because I thought I’d be buzzed off before then”), the operatic Natasha and Caburlesque (a cross between cabaret and burlesque).

• Dec making fun of Simon’s prejudice against jugglers. “For a lot of them, it’s not their only career. A lot of them are trying to keep a lot of balls in the air.” Simon was won over by juggler Phil, though, who used knives, a battleaxe and precarious balancing in his act.

• The Scottish audience bellowing “Cheerio, cheerio, cheerio” at the bad acts.

What was bad about it?

• Scotland’s Got Tartan but not talent. We suffered the ear-hurting Family Affair (“Why didn’t this audience like close harmony, do you think?” they asked after never coming close to harmony), Silly Connolly and speccy kids who forgot their words.

• Birmingham’s only got a smidgeon of talent. We didn’t like Austin and his musical saw (Simon was correct to say no but he was overruled) or Stu the Goldcrusher Goldsmith’s stinker of a strongman routine, or the chainsaw sculptor or the foul-mouthed dancer.

Luke Knowles

Luke Knowles


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