BGT was in Blackpool where the last time Simon held auditions he had a very bad time. A wet a dismal looking Blackpool looked as if it had little to offer. The first act was pretty terrible. A female singer backed by hunky male dancers. Lily and the Pineapple Chunks failed to wow the audience. Shame she could not sing and they were not hunky. On it went in this way for a fair few acts. There are a lot of misguided people in the UK.
The first talented performer was a young man playing a xylophone, at speed. Simon Cowell and Alesha Dixon soon buzzed him out but thanks to David Waliams and his quirky taste he played till the end of his set. Of course Mr Walliams wanted him to go through. In the end so did Simon and in the end, mainly as the audience loved the act, he went through. Hosts Ant and Dec appeared to love the guy too.
And of course all the guys loved the next act. Simon described her as an English Dita von Teese. Beatrix von Buorbon was dressed immaculately in a red suit. With a glimpse of a tattooed leg showing maybe we should have guessed she was not what she seemed. Her prim yet erotic strip was a crowd pleaser. Of course the winner of BGT will perform in front of the Queen at this year's Royal Variety Performance. The judges did not see this as a problem. Maybe they know she will not win. As the public has the casting vote they should not know that though. Obviously Simon and David wanted to see her perform at least one more time.
Boy band The Men proved what determination can do. All admitted having done wrong in the past. All wanted a better future from one laden with debt and no prospects. Their unusual performance of Sitting on the Dock of the Bay wowed the panel and the audience. Simon was over impressed. Keep an eye out for this act.
The show's auditions moved on to London. DeJaVu was a female group of older ladies. Ouch. What can I say. Out of tune and rather embarrassing really. The following dance act was in a league of its own and easily put through to the next stage of BGT.
The final act of the day was a young man, Ryan O’Shaughnessy. He accompanied himself on guitar as he performed his own song. Good voice, good guitar and good song. An easy one to put through to the next round.
Aired on ITV March 31, 2012, between 8pm and a little over 9pm the show soon whizzed by. After the dismal start it ended up quite entertaining. More BGT will follow. Watch this space.
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