That's put a smile on your face! Simon Cowell can't contain his excitement as burlesque dancer strips on BGT stage
22:33 GMT, 31 March 2012
He's a hard man to please and is known for his outspoken views and harsh judging technique on his talent shows.
But one contestant put a smile on Simon Cowell's face and managed to leave him unusually speechless on Britain's Got Talent tonight.
The music mogul couldn't contain his delight as 27-year-old burlesque dancer Beatrix Von Bourbon took to the stage at the Blackpool auditions to carry out a strip tease.
That's put a smile on your face! Simon Cowell looked like the cat who got the cream as burlesque dancer Beatrix Von Bourbon performed a striptease on Britain's Got Talent
Before she took to the stage Beatrix, who was dressed in a red vintage style skirt suit with gold heels, admitted she was nervous.
But all of her concerns dispersed when she stood before the judges.
Cowell told her he didn't 'have a clue' what she was about to do and ordered her to start her two minute act.
Fully clothed: Simon seemed disinterested at first when he was unaware of what her act was
At first he was seen looking disinterested as she slowly moved around the stage to music.
But when she opened her suitcase and picked up a pair of nipple tassels, Simon's eyes immediately lit up.
Both female judges Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden looked surprised as they watched both Simon and David's expressions as she slowly unveiled more skin.
Beatrix animatedly took off her clothes as Simon grinned from ear to ear when she took off her skirt to unveil her thong.
…But as soon as she pulled some nipple tassels out of her suitcase, Simon's eyebrows raised sky high
'The British Dita Von Teese': Simon applauded the 27-year-old as he grinned from ear to ear following her performance
Embarrassed New judge Alesha Dixon hid her face as Beatrix performed the raunchy act
And as she wrapped up her act, popping off her top to unveil a chest of tattoos, Simon delightedly quipped: 'Beatrix, do you have a second song'
Cowell was obviously left impressed as he compared her to famous burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese, who previously dated shock rocker Marilyn Manson.
He told her: 'You are the British version of Dita Von Teese and I'm going to back you.'
So your not shy then! Beatrix unveiled her breasts and tattoos for the finale as the judges and crowd's eyes were wide open
Smug grin: Simon couldn't stop grinning throughout her whole routine as Alesha and Amanda looked uncomfortable as they watched his reactions
And Walliams was fully on form yet again as he caused a stir as he added: 'Simon's right behind you.'
The funnyman then ran on stage to collect all of Beatrix's left over clothes that had scattered across the stage, before he disappeared backstage to find her.
But she wasn't the only act to impress the judges tonight.
Funnyman: David Walliams was a hit again as he quipped to Beatrix that Simon was 'right behind' her, before he rushed on stage to pick up her clothing items
Former runners up Twist and Pulse, who were a hit on the 2010 show, made a triumphant return.
But this time they sat backstage as they watched dancers from their own Twist and Pulse Dance Company stun the four judges.
And songwriter Ryan O'Shaughnessy was a big hit after he took to the stage with his guitar and revealed he was singing a song he had written for a friend who he'd liked for six years.
Both Simon and David tried to find out the name of the mystery girl, but Ryan refused and said she'd know who it was about when she watched the show.
Familiar faces: Twist and Pulse, who were runners up in 2010, made a return to the show with their own dance company taking centre stage
Twist and Pulse Dance Company: Former runners up Twist and Pulse returned and auditioned their own dance students, who were a hit with the audience
But even if he doesn't get the response he wants from the suitor, Ryan got through to the next round after winning over Simon, David, Alesha and Amanda.
David told him: 'I can't believe she won't go out with you… It was absolutely astonishing, well done.'
And a stunned Simon asked him: 'Have you played her that song So this is the first time she's going to hear it Wow.'
Manchester band The Mend also stunned as they spoke of their difficulties growing up in council estates.
They sang a rendition of Otis Redding's (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay, and received favourable comments as they were also put through.
Love letter: Songwriter Ryan sang a song about a mystery girl who he's liked for six years – but refused to reveal her identity on the show
Alesha, who is new to the panel, told them: 'That was a fantastic audition boys… I love the harmonies, the rapping was wicked.'
And Simon added: 'I'm really happy you came and auditioned, I like you a lot.'
But it was down to David to draw the laughs again as he pointed out to one of the singers who was wearing a large bomber jacket: 'There's only one problem… If you wear your coat inside you won't feel the benefit if you go outside.'
Through to the next round: Manchester boy band The Mend impressed Alesha Dixon, who complimented them on their harmonies and rapping
'The Older Little Mix': Deja Vu, who are aged between 30 and 56, promised good things but Simon didn't put them through after they disappointed
The comment left his fellow judges and the audience in stitches as the group happily walked off stage.
But there were, of course, a fair share of bad acts who upset Simon as they tried to win the judges over.
The Pineapple Hunks, which consisted of male dancers and a female singer who belted out It's Raining Men, were sent off quite quickly.
NO! The panel were unanimous at sending poet Valentina home
Divided: Simon wasn't impressed with 16-year-old xylophone player Ashley at first, but an excited David Walliams convinced him otherwise
Simon complained: 'Can I be honest The worst singing and dancing act I've ever seen… that was hell.'
And all female group Deja Vu gave it their best as they insisted they were an older version of X Factor winners Little Mix.
Cowell then gave them the green light to
perform, saying: 'No I get it. I’m really actually looking forward to
this. I’m intrigued. Let’s go.'
But he pressed his buzzer soon after, as David told them: 'It was just incredibly shambolic.'
When lead singer Carole Anne told him 'we just need direction', Simon quickly pointed them off stage and replied: 'Yes, it's that way.'