Britain’s Got Talent (BGT): All About the Show, The Past Winners

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Britain’s Got Talent( BGT) is the most popular reality talent show on British television, created by Simon Cowell and presented by Ant & Dec.
BGT which first aired on ITV In April 2006 originated from the Got Talent franchise.
The talent series reality TV competition is also regarded as the biggest UK’s talent show in British popular culture.

BGT is a Thames production distributed by FremantleMedia and is produced in association with Syco TV.
Britain’s Got Talent reality television show unlike most TV shows that strictly demand it’s participants to attain a stipulated age, gives anyone of any age the opportunity to showcase his/her talent.

The BGT winner of each series is given the opportunity to perform at the Royal Variety Performance in front of members of the British Royal Family.
The winner also performs either before the Queen Elizabeth II or the Prince of Wales and walks home with the coveted cash prize of £250,000 (£100,000 in series 1–5, £500,000 in series 6).

Britain’s Got Talent 2016 Semi Finals aired from 22 May to 26 May with the Grand Final taking place two days later on 28 May.
At the end, Richard Jones emerged the BGT winner for the 2016 edition on 28 May 2016, and he was the first magician to win the show.

BGT Auditions:

Auditions are held for Interested persons exactly the same time every year which is October, while the show always starts airing in April.
The auditions take place in front of the judges and a live audience at different cities across the UK.
BGT judges At any time during the audition, are allowed to show disapproval to the act by pressing a buzzer which lights a large red “X” on the stage and If all the judges press their buzzers, the act ends immediately and they are disqualified.

The judging panel would give an act a “Yes” if they have performed well and are qualified to return in a subsequent episode and a “No” if the reverse is the case.

But in season 8 a new golden buzzer was introduced. Each BGT judge, alongside Ant & Dec, could press once and only once during the whole BGT auditions. Pressing the golden buzzer would automatically send the act through to the live semi-finals, regardless of the other judges’ opinions.

BGT Judges Decisions

The BGT judges decision is also known as Deliberation Day and it comes after the auditions. The successful acts are whittled down to the number required for the semi-finals which is currently set at 45. The performers are called back to discover if they have progressed to the live semi-finals.

BGT Semifinals

Auditions preexists semi-finals, where the final 45 contestants (24 in series 1, 40 in series 2–5) perform nightly for a week in order to impress the British public.
And each night, two acts from each semi-final (the act with the most votes and another chosen by the judges from the acts in second and third place) progress to the live BGT finals.
After all acts have performed, phone lines will be opened for a short time, while the public vote for the act they think was the best.
After the votes have been counted, the act that has the highest number of public votes is automatically placed in the BGT finals. While all other acts are then eliminated from the competition.

Britain’s Got Talent Wildcard

BGT wildcard element was introduced In series 6. Here the judges pick an eliminated act from the semi-finals, and that act is sent through to the final.


BGT judges

BGT’s original judging panel consisted of the show’s creator Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan. Kelly Brook was brought in briefly as a fourth judge in series 3 but was removed after one audition site.

bgt judges

David Hasselhoff and Michael McIntyre later joined the panel while Alesha Dixon and David Walliams joined in series 6 as replacements for McIntyre and Hasselhoff.
Well, for series 11, Amanda Holden has confirmed the Britain’s Got Talent judging line-up for 2017.
Amanda who is one of the Britain’s Got Talent judges appeared on Up Late With Rylan where she revealed that all the judges are coming back to BGT.

BGT winners

There is a great difference between being a BGT finalists and actually being the BGT winner. Over the years, those who have actually been crowned BGT winners are listed below.

Paul Potts- (season 1)
George Sampson- ( season 2)
Diversity- (season 3)
Spelbound -(season 4)
Jai McDowall- (season 5 )
Ashleigh and Pudsey- (season 6)
Attraction (season 7)
Collabro (season 8)
Jules O’Dwyer & Matisse (season 9)
Richard Jones (season 10)
Meanwhile, On 29 February 2016, it was announced that ITV had signed a three-year contract to renew Britain’s Got Talent until 2019. It is pleasurable to know that Britains most popular and arguably the best and most entertaining reality to show will continue at least until 2019.

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