A Dalek impersonator, an OAP band… and more dancing dogs: The all new Britain's Got Talent line-up is revealed
00:33 GMT, 20 March 2012
Contortionists, performing pensioners, a Dalek impersonator and the obligatory dancing dog. I can only mean one thing – Britain’s Got Talent is back.
This year the programme is packed with more oddballs and hopefuls than ever before – and that’s just the presenters’ view.
Simon Cowell has increased the number of finalists going through to the live shows to 45, which will mean nine acts on each programme.
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Among those vying for a chance to perform at the Royal Variety Show and win the 100,000 cash prize are a man with a saucepan on his head imitating a Dalek and a girl group with light-up underwear.
Hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly said this year’s crop had some of the most ‘bizarre’ acts they had ever seen.
Mr Donnelly said: ‘There was someone who played their teeth. It was very bizarre. You think you have seen it all but you haven’t. We also had our first female impersonator – it is a woman performing as a drag act.’
Stage get-ups: This year promises to wow as much as the last five with singers, dancers and contortionists taking to the stage in a bid to win
Pixie Le Knot lived up to her name with her contortionist act as the crowd watched on in amazement…
There is also a dancing dog troupe called Cleverpawz Pugs and Barockestra, a group of dancers and singers that transform classical pieces into rock productions.
OAP band The Zimmers, a group made up entirely of over-70s, is also tipped for success after impressing the judges.
The elderly pop act have already had some success when their version of The Who’s My Generation reached No.26 in the charts in 2007.
The new Flawless This year, Simon Cowell has increased the number of finalists going through to the live shows to 45, meaning nine acts on each programme
Musical acts and odd balls will be judged by the new panel – Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, David Walliams and Alesha Dixon
Double act: Dancing duo Juxtapose gave it their all during the Cardiff auditions earlier this year
But Cowell, 52, has changed the rules this year to allow performers who have previously had a recording contract but no longer do so.
He is back on the judging panel this year alongside Amanda Holden, 41, and has brought in Alesha Dixon, 33, and David Walliams, 41, to give the show a boost. He axed Michael McIntyre and David Hasselhoff after a lacklustre series in 2011.
Cowell said: ‘I am really happy to be back on the Britain’s Got Talent judging panel. I wasn’t sure at first but now I have got stuck in I feel connected and I think the talent is better. I love the judging panel this year.’
Miss Holden recently revealed that the Duchess of Cambridge and other Royals are fans of the ITV1 show.
The contestants have all been vying for a chance to perform at the Royal Variety Show and win the 100,000 cash prize
She said: ‘Britain’s Got Talent is a family show so I want to find an act that will appeal to the whole Royal Family.
‘I want Kate and William to enjoy our acts as much as the Queen. I know they all watch the show, I’ve asked them.’
ITV is under pressure for this series to deliver bumper ratings after last year’s failed to capture the nation’s attention.
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Dance Troupes: Remix Monkeys hoped to stand out when they took to the stage in Sheffield
It was also embroiled in controversy after a letter was published online accusing producers of pre-selecting schoolboy Ronan Parke to win.
Executives strongly denied this and the show was eventually won by Scottish singer Jai McDowell, with Parke in second place.
Cowell said recently: ‘I was disappointed with last year’s winner, Jai. You want to find someone who is a star all over the world and who has got a long career.
Flexible: Gymnast Kaylin will be among the new set of contestants set to wow viewers from this Saturday on ITV
Entertaining the crowds: Rapper and singer Genny and 25-year-old Asya were given their chance to shine for the cameras
Mister Meredith: The London entertainer was among the first to perform in front of the new look judging panel
‘With respect to him, he wasn’t one of our best ones. He would make a good living in West End theatre and he is talented, but he wasn’t what I was looking for.
‘You want a Diversity or George Samson or a Susan Boyle, a different kind of artist who makes you feel good about doing the show and who is a genuine star.’ McDowell has released one album on Cowell’s label but the mogul said it was likely to be the only one.
Performing pensioners, a Dalek impersonator and the obligatory dancing dog were among the acts who tried their luck with the judges
Talented: Accordion playing sisters New Romanys, from Blackpool, showed off their music skills to try and win a place in the series
Any good Fans of BGT will have to wait until Saturday to watch the new season kick off in style…
ITV and the BBC had been embroiled in a bitter battle for Saturday night audiences as both their big entertainment shows launch on Saturday March 24 – but have now agreed a truce.
Bosses decided to reschedule Britain’s Got Talent at the 11th hour to avoid a clash with BBC1’s new show, The Voice.
ITV has moved BGT to 8pm while The Voice will start on BBC1 at 7pm, limiting what had looked set to be a major overlap between the two shows to just 20 minutes.
New panel: Cowell has been joined by Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams for the new series as they judge the talent on offer