Unless you’ve been in the North Pole over the last few weeks, you’ll have known that Britain’s Got Talent has been on TV. Actually, you’ll have probably been hearing about Britain’s Got Talent even if you have been in the North Pole. Everyone else in the world seems to have. The contest finally reached it’s conclusion last night, when the winner was revealed as not Susan Boyle. Yes, while Sim0n Cowell was hoping for her to claim victory so that he could make many millions of pounds out of her, the British public had other ideas and voted dance troupe Diversity to perform for the Queen at this year’s Royal Variety Performance.
Overall, I thought this year’s series was good, however I did think that there were far too many singers and dancers among the competitors. For something that is supposed to be a variety show, this years final appeared to have as much variety as Oasis’ entire back catalogue. That’s not to say the eventual finalists were bad – Diversity were excellent and worthy winners, while Stavros Flatley provided the laughs. However, I hope that next year the line up will have fewer acts like Shaun Smith and Susan Boyle and more acts like Gareth Oliver, the ventriloquist who I still believe was cruelly robbed of a place in the final.
THE BGT HONOURS:
MOST OVER-RATED ACT – Susan Boyle Yes, the hairy angel was a good singer and she deserved to go far in the competition. However, all the media fuss around her did get a bit too much in the end- even for her, if the stories were to be believed. She will almost certainly have a career, so she didn’t really need to win the final. And at least her coming second was one in the eye for those who believed the competition was already wrapped up.
BEST JUDGE – Piers Morgan While he may not be my favourite person in the world (or indeed anyone’s for that matter), Piers actually understood that BGT was a variety show. There were some real WTF?! moments from him (his praising of DJ Talent and the Human Saxophone being prime examples), but you can excuse them when you think that he was trying to be fair to everyone who was in the competition most of the time.
BEST ACT NOT TO MAKE IT TO THE FINAL – Gareth Oliver The ventriloquist who made people across the nation think there was something wrong with their TV sets (and later made the world think there was something wrong with YouTube) on his first audition proved that he was deserving of a place in the final on his second. However, he was denied the chance thanks to Simon’s hatred of any act that is not all singing and/or dancing. Weird thing is, Gareth’s act on the night showed that he probably had a better singing voice than many of the other singers there – and he can do it without moving his lips. And let’s not forget Pava, his puppet.
THE “HOW THE HELL DID THEY GET TO THE SEMI-FINALS?” AWARD – DJ Talent, Nick Hell and the Human Saxophone. I don’t need to explain why I chose these three, do I?
SADDEST MOMENT – Hollie Steel breaking down during her semi final performance. Or rather, the horrible reaction of some people towards that moment. Ok, I didn’t agree with the fact she got a second chance to perform and I did think that sympathy voting played a part in getting her in the final. However, there is absolutely no excuse for making nasty comments about a ten year old girl, even if she appears to be having a bit of a tantrum. If you want to have a go at someone, have a go at the parents who let her go on the show in the first place. Or the show’s producers, who have allowed children that young to compete.
ACT THAT SHOULD’VE WON IF DIVERSITY DIDN’T – Stavros Flatley. It was a shame that they didn’t make the top three.