Britain"s Got Talent 2011 live semi-finals: Simon Cowell gets ribbed by Ant and Dec over Cheryl Cole"s X Factor sacking

Britain"s Got Talent 2011 live semi-finals: Simon Cowell gets ribbed by Ant and Dec over Cheryl Cole"s X Factor sacking

He”s back! Simon Cowell makes return on Britain”s Got Talent – and gets ribbed by Ant and Dec over Cheryl Cole”s X Factor sacking

10:20 PM on 30th May 2011

Leader of the pack: Britain

Leader of the pack: Britain”s Got Talent”s head honcho Simon Cowell returned to the judging panel tonight for the first live semi-final – but got ribbed by hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly over the Cheryl Cole X Factor controversy

Sign language: Declan Donnelly, (r) with co-host Ant McPartlin (l), referred to Cheryl Cole

Sign language: Declan Donnelly, (r) with co-host Ant McPartlin (l), referred to Cheryl Cole”s dumping from the U.S. X Factor by asking Simon if he could understand his Geordie accent

Cheeky: Simon gave Ant and Dec a very knowing look as he refused to be drawn on their jibe about Cheryl Cole

Cheeky: Simon gave Ant and Dec a very knowing look as he refused to be drawn on their jibe about Cheryl Cole”s departure from the X Factor

Top three: (L-R) Paul Paul Gbegbaje, Joe Oakley and Ronan Parke were the three acts who got the most votes from the public on tonight

Top three: (L-R) Paul Paul Gbegbaje, Joe Oakley and Ronan Parke were the three acts who got the most votes from the public on tonight”s first live semi-final

Tense: Ronan was shocked to be voted through immediately, but Paul had to wait to hear if heTense: Ronan was shocked to be voted through immediately, but Paul had to wait to hear if he

Tense: Ronan was shocked to be voted through immediately, but Paul had to wait to hear if he”d been put through after his performance split the judging panel

Good sport: BMX rider Joe still congratulated Paul after he was voted off by the piano player went through to Saturday

Good sport: BMX rider Joe still congratulated Paul after he was voted off by the piano player went through to Saturday”s final

Three become four: After weeks of judging on their own, David, Amanda and Michael were rejoined by Simon tonight as the competition reached the live semis

Three become four: After weeks of judging on their own, David, Amanda and Michael were rejoined by Simon tonight as the competition reached the live semis

On with the show: Simon sidestepped Ant and Dec

On with the show: Simon sidestepped Ant and Dec”s joke and got to work with the rest of the panel to judge the first live semi-final of BGT tonight

Thumbs up: The Hoff appeared delighted that Simon had returned to the judging panel

Thumbs up: The Hoff appeared delighted that Simon had returned to the judging panel

Not enough: Stuart Arnold was voted out of the competition tonight after his bizarre act failed to impress viewers at home

Not enough: Stuart Arnold was voted out of the competition tonight after his bizarre act failed to impress viewers at home

Terminated: Stuart Arnold

Terminated: Stuart Arnold”s odd Arnold Schwarzenegger karaoke mash-up got buzzed off by David and Simon

Paws for thought: Dog fan Simon loved Donelda Guy and her dancing dogs Biba and Mega

Paws for thought: Dog fan Simon loved Donelda Guy and her dancing dogs Biba and Mega

Hot stuff: Fire-breathing, snake-charming dance troupe Girls Roc charmed Simon too

Hot stuff: Fire-breathing, snake-charming dance troupe Girls Roc charmed Simon too

Red hot: The Bruce Sistaz impressed the judges with their Kill Bill-style martial arts moves

Red hot: The Bruce Sistaz impressed the judges with their Kill Bill-style martial arts moves

Piano man: Paul Gbegbaje was in tune with what the judges wanted and got a resounding thumbs up from all four

Piano man: Paul Gbegbaje was in tune with what the judges wanted and got a resounding thumbs up from all four

Generations of talent: Grandfather and granddaughter act Ted And Grace provided a few laughs on the night

Generations of talent: Grandfather and granddaughter act Ted And Grace provided a few laughs on the night

Tenterhooks: There was tension in the studio before the finalists were unveiled by show hosts Ant and Dec

Tenterhooks: There was tension in the studio before the finalists were unveiled by show hosts Ant and Dec

Daredevil: BMX stunt rider Joe Oakley was one of Simon

Daredevil: BMX stunt rider Joe Oakley was one of Simon”s favourite acts on the night – and he managed not to fall off

Big moment: 12-year-old Ronan Parke captivated the entire audience with his pitch-perfect rendition of Adele

Big moment: 12-year-old Ronan Parke captivated the entire audience with his pitch-perfect rendition of Adele”s Make You Feel My Love

Moved: Both Amanda and Simon raved about young RonanMoved: Both Amanda and Simon raved about young Ronan

Moved: Both Amanda and Simon raved about young Ronan”s assured performance before millions watching live on tonight”s show

On song: Ronan is an early favourite to win Saturday

On song: Ronan is an early favourite to win Saturday”s BGT final and the chance to win 100,000 and a place on the Royal Variety Performance bill in December

Well done: Ant and Dec congratulate Norfolk schoolboy Ronan on his sensational singing

Well done: Ant and Dec congratulate Norfolk schoolboy Ronan on his sensational singing