This is a talent-filled week for Great Britain! The nation’s most talked-about show, Britain’s Got Talent, has packed prime time slots on national television this entire week, with the semi finals building up to the grand finals this Saturday night. The amount of buzz this show has generated has all but overshadowed the recent crowning of Kris Allen as 2009’s American Idol.
The first live semi-finals on Sunday evening was kicked off by Diversity whose incredible dance act shot them right into the finals. Another prominent contender who gained worldwide fame after the auditions is Susan Boyle. When asked whether she felt pressured to perform, the one they call the Hairy Angel (thanks to her bushy brows and wild hair) replied, ‘What pressure?’
Well. Boyle definitely will feel the pressure now as six more very promising finalists have been shortlisted. There’s 12-year-old Welsh boy, Shaheen Jafargholi, who wowed the judges so much with his singing that judge Simon Cowell, notorious for his mean remarks, commented that the lad is strong competition for Boyle.
Other finalists include 17-year-old singer, Shaun Smith, a dance group who named themselves Flawless, comedy dance act-Stavros Flatley, saxophone player Julian Smith and singing duo, 2 Grand. The last live semi-finals will take place on Friday 29 May at 8.30pm British Standard Time (Singapore: Saturday, 30 May, 4.30am).
Britain’s Got Talent, started in 2007, is a search for Britain’s next best talent act. The winner will receive £100,000 and an opportunity to perform at the Royal Variety Performance for members of the royal family, including the Queen. Previous winners are opera singer Paul Potts and street dancer George Sampson.
Will excitement Boyle over? Tune in to the finals happening 30 May, Saturday 8.30pm BST (Singapore: 31 May, Sunday, 4.30am). You can watch the videos nearly instantaneously on http://talent.itv.com or www.youtube.com.