Britain’s Got Talent Golden Buzzer acts 2019 – Who are the judges' picks?

These are the lucky few going straight through to the live semi-final.

For five lucky acts each year, the road to Britain’s Got Talent glory is smoother than most – they’re heading straight to semi-finals week.

Each of the four judges and hosts Ant and Dec get a Golden Buzzer choice, which lets them pick the act they want to see advance straight to the live shows at the end of the contest.

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Here are 2019’s Golden Buzzer acts so far…

Flakefleet Primary School

It didn’t take David Walliams long to find his stars of the 2019 competition – he hit the Golden Buzzer in the very first episode of the 13th series.

David’s choice was the wonderfully joyous Flakefleet Primary School from Fleetwood, Lancashire, whose routine to Don’t Stop Me Now was reminiscent of last year's Sainsbury’s Christmas advert.

Children aged between five and 11 took to the stage in fancy dress which included masks of the judges and one tiny boy dressed as a mini-Dec stuck in a wheelie bin.

No words can do justice to the brilliance of the performance, which also included the children’s headteacher, but take a look at it for yourself.

Despite being a happy routine, it brought David to tears, leaving him with an easy choice to make them his Golden Buzzer pick.

If you think that Flakefleet Primary School seems oddly familiar, it’s probably because they hit the headlines in 2018, too, when they staged their own Royal Wedding.

The children threw so much at their first round audtion that we can't wait to see what they're able to do with a big budget in semi-finals week.

It looks like they'll also be benefitting from comedian David's experience as he champions them through the competition.

Flakefleet made it through to the Final on Monday night's first live show. The troupe wowed the judges with their energetic and colourful performance and made the top 3 in the public vote.

The judges opted to send the school into the final ahead of supernatural magic act The Haunting.

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Kojo Anim

Simon Cowell is certainly shaking things up this year - the renowned comedian-hater went with stand-up act Kojo Anim for his Golden Buzzer choice.

Head judge Simon was the second person to pick an act for the semi-finals and went with a completely unexpected contestant, given that, as he told Kojo, he usually doesn't like comedians on the show.

Perhaps he realised that the public don't necessarily agree as last year's contest was won by Lost Voice Guy, but whatever the reason, his influential support could make a huge difference to Kojo.

The comedian will also have another champion on the panel, as when he stepped out on stage we discovered that he and Alesha Dixon are friends and she has loved his act for years.

Winning laughs and support from the audience, too, Kojo looked like a strong contender for the final of this year's show.

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Akshat Singh

Talented kids are getting some good representation in this year's competition with 13-year-old Akshat Singh also joining the line-up of Golden Buzzer acts.

Ant and Dec were won over by the dancing teen from Mumbai, who stated his mottos in life as to make people happy and show then that anything is possible.

He certainly did both as he busted out moves that had the audience and judges on their feet cheering, inspiring body confidence in other kids of his age.

But Akshat's success has been slightly tainted by him being the target of viewer complaints about experienced acts taking part in the show.

It later emerged that he had taken part in various TV shows, winning India's Got Talent, and dancing on US chat show The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Akshat is far from being the only contestant with some performing experience behind him, and there's no denying his amazing skill and positive attitude.

Akshat crashed out in the semi-finals, failing to make the top 3 in Monday night's first live show.

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Giorgia Borg

Gutsy 10-year-old from Malta Giorgia Borg was a huge surprise when she started to sing at her audition.

The young singer was note perfect, had a voice as strong as a performer three times her age, and was full of confidence and stage presence.

Alesha Dixon decided that she just had to give a chance to the schoolgirl star and voted to put her straight through to finals week with the Golden Buzzer.

She told Giorgia: "It takes a lot to really move me, you absolutely floored me. Your vocal capability, your lyrical capability – you're 10 years old! You're a star."

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Chapter 13

Amanda Holden had the last Golden Buzzer left this series, and we finally saw her press it for teen band Chapter 13.

The four boys met while they were all starring in West End show School of Rock, and formed their band that wowed all four judges at the audition.

Chapter 13 performed a medley of Stevie Wonder hits which earned them the final Golden Buzzer, with Amanda telling them: "I don't think I've ever seen four young musicians so together. I just think you are absolutely incredible and now you just have to win the whole show."

 

Simon Cowell, who can spot a teen group to make him rich a mile off, agreed, saying: "The last time I remember seeing or hearing something like this was a band called Busted."

How many acts go through on the live shows? How does the voting work?

Each night of the Semi-Finals, eight of the final 40 semi-finalists will perform live in the hope of impressing viewers at home and winning the all-important public vote.

Two acts from each night’s show will go through to the final with a chance of winning a life changing £250,000 and a spot at the Royal Variety Performance.

The first act through each night will be chosen by the public vote while the second act will be chosen by the judges from the second and third placing acts.

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Who are the live show guest acts and performances?

A host of star guest performers will take to the stage during Britain’s Got Talent’s spectacular week of live shows including global superstars BTS, Latin legend Gloria Estefan and Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat stars Sheridan Smith and Jason Donovan.

Platinum-selling singer James Arthur and the amazing cast of West End musical Six will also appear during the ITV talent show’s live Semi-Final shows, which begin on Monday.

And taking to the stage for our awe-inspiring live final on Sunday June 2 will be former winners Diversity and superstar singer Susan Boyle, who will duet with Michael Ball.

In a UK television first, BTS will perform their new single Boy With Luv while Sheridan Smith and Jason Donovan will join the rest of the cast of Joseph to perform a medley from the new production of the West End musical.

Gloria Estefan will join the cast of musical On Your Feet! The Emilio and Gloria Estefan Musical to perform a medley of her greatest hits including Rhythm is Gonna Get You and Turn the Beat Around.

James Arthur will perform new hit Falling Like the Stars while the cast of Six will perform Ex-Wives. The show is currently the second highest streamed musical theatre album globally behind Hamilton with 400,000 global streams per day.

On the final, Susan Boyle and Michael Ball will duet on A Million Dreams while Diversity present a fantastic high-energy dance performance

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Britain's Got Talent Live Semi-Finals air Monday 27 May to Friday 31 May at 7.30pm on ITV followed by the Live Results show each night at 9.30pm.

Britain's Got More Talent also goes live each night on ITV2 at 10pm.

The Live Final airs on ITV on Sunday June 3 at 7.30pm, followed by BGMT on ITV2.

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