As we gear up for another series of ITV star search show Britain’s Got Talent, we’re looking forward to seeing the most amazing hidden gems just waiting to be discovered.
Over the course of 11 series, Britain’s Got Talent has turned up some incredible acts and established itself as the most exciting show around when it comes to first auditions.
Take a look at 10 of our favourite ever first auditions.
When an unassuming Carphone Warehouse manager arrived on the audition stage in 2007, no-one guessed that he would go on to win the first series, have a number one album in 13 countries, and be played by James Corden in a film about his life.
The judges were stunned by Paul’s full-length rendition of Nessun Dorma at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff; the song had to be condensed for TV but lost none of its magic in the edit.
Scottish singer Susan Boyle brought the most memorable audition of all time to Britain’s Got Talent when she tried her luck in 2008.
The audience (and some judges) were savage in their initial judgment of SuBo for the way she looked, but she silenced any critics with a beautiful rendition of Les Miserables number I Dreamed a Dream that has been viewed millions of times since.
Susan went on to become a worldwide star, picking up awards and releasing seven albums, three of which went to number one in the UK.
Demi and Lagi had everyone in stitches with their comic routine and did not disappoint in later rounds either, bringing feelgood family fun to every show.
Even hard-to-please Simon Cowell was grinning ear-to-ear just a few moments into their audition.
Ashleigh and Pudsey
Their Flintstones-themed routine immediately won over all who saw it and of course the duo went on to win the 2012 contest.
Pudsey even starred in his own film in 2013, before passing away in 2017.
Susan Boyle's stunning first audition made her the stand-out favourite to win BGT in 2008.
But unluckily for Susan, she chose to try out for the show in the same year as dance troupe Diversity - possibly the most successful act ever to have come out of the show.
Their perfectly timed performance and daring moves meant that viewers were glued to the screen, and nearly 10 years on they still return to the show regularly.
Jonathan and Charlotte
Like a junior version of Susan Boyle’s debut, Jonathan and Charlotte didn’t inspire much confidence in viewers the first time they shyly made their way onto the stage.
But their classical singing was shockingly good, although Simon advised Jonathan to ditch his friend, saying she would hold him back.
The pair refused to split and proved their worth as a duo by coming second to Ashleigh and Pudsey, as well as releasing two successful albums. Both now have solo careers.
Best of the dance acts
Street dance crew Flawless looked as promising as Diversity at their first audition, but suffered by competing in the same series as them.
Twist and Pulse offered something a bit different from the usual street dance crews with their funny routine that showed off their skills as well as their sense of humour.
Gymnastic act Spelbound, who went on to win, were jawdropping in their audition with their incredibly daring routine, while fellow winners Attraction moved the judges to tears with their shadow dancing.
Britain’s Got Talent has seen some incredibly talented children arrive on its stage over the years.
Shaheen Jafargholi’s first audition didn’t go exactly to plan as Simon stopped him two lines into singing Valerie, but his backup option Who’s Lovin’ You was a hit and he went on to perform at Michael Jackson’s memorial service.
Connie Talbot was just six when she auditioned for the show and won the nation’s hearts with her singing, which eventually saw her finish runner-up to Paul Potts.
Dancer George Sampson won series two of the show, which was his second crack at the contest. He had impressed Simon during the show’s first season, but spent a year performing on the streets of Manchester to make sure that he came back with an audition that would win over every judge.
Britain’s Got Talent will return soon to ITV for a 12th series.
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