'Their loss is our gain': Singer Ryan O'Shaughnessy makes triumphant return to BGT as he enters the final with Aquabatique
23:35 GMT, 10 May 2012
He almost missed out on appearing in the Britain's Got Talent semi-final tonight after Simon Cowell found out he was contracted to another TV talent show.
But now singer/songwriter Ryan O'Shaughnessy has become one of the favourites to win this Saturday after being voted through to the final this evening.
After he showcased another one of his heartfelt tracks which he had penned himself, Simon couldn't help but grin from ear-to-ear.
In the final: Singer/songwriter Ryan O'Shaughnessy made a triumphant return to BGT tonight as he was voted into the final after initially being axed from the show last week
Ecstatic: Ryan couldn't contain his happiness when he learnt he was the winner of the night and will be performing again on Saturday
The music mogul told him: 'Their loss is our gain… I really, really, really like you. You're believable… maybe you could be the dark horse in this competition. I believe in you.'
Last week it was revealed Ryan had to be axed from Britain's Got Talent because he was signed up to The Voice of Ireland.
But he managed to get out of his contract with Universal so he could be allowed back on BGT.
And Simon wasn't the only one pleased to see him again.
David told him: 'You are a major talent. You come on to the stage, you've done another original song, which was absolutely fantastic. This girl who won't go out with you, I don't know who she is but she's doing you a favour as you're writing the most beautiful songs about her'.
In sync: Synchronised swimmers Aquabatique wowed with their James Bond-themed routine and were also put through
Triumphant: Simon Cowell was so impressed with the girls he revealed he's planning to build his own tank in his mansion
Ryan originally auditioned with a song he'd written about a friend he'd liked for several years.
But after she found out about his feelings following the show earlier this year, he has revealed he hasn't got the 'fairytale ending' he had been hoping for.
But Alesha Dixon reassured him: 'It's her loss I'm afraid'.
Through! The girls have another routine up their sleeves ready for the live final this weekend
And Simon added: 'I wouldn't worry about her because you're going to get so much action after this'.
And another act to wow the judges yet again was synchronised swimmers Aquabatique, who were saved by Simon, David and Amanda in the final stages tonight.
In the first part of the show, basketball/trampoline stunt artists Face Team were the first to take to the stage and they set the bar high with their impressive routine.
The Hungarian sports men wowed all four judges who were stunned at their daring manouevres.
Thumbs up: Singer Hope Murphy, 16, and teenage comedian Callum Oakley were a hit with all four judges but failed to get the public vote to the final
Following their energetic act an astounded Simon Cowell told them: 'You actually risked your life, I love that. Honestly guys it was outstanding'.
And Alesha likened them to 'jumping spidermen', while David complimented them on their red satin shorts.
Another act to impress was 16-year-old Essex singer Hope Murphy, who Simon branded 'a young Adele'.
While another teenager, Callum Oakley, impressed with his comedy routine, even winning over comic judge David Walliams.
The Little Britain star told Callum: 'Whatever happens tonight you are going to be a comedy star of the future.'
Impressive skills: Acrobat Billy George, 21, was a hit for his talent… as well as his topless act
Overwhelmed: The 21-year-old was ecstatic with his feedback from the judges and audience but narrowly missed out on the final after getting into tonight's top three
And the other judges agreed, insisting BGT would be a big platform for him whether he wins or not.
Acrobat Billy George also proved popular with the audience – even before he'd shown off his talent thanks to his bare chest.
And the female judges couldn't help but comment on his toned physique after he wowed with his acrobatic act.
Amanda told him: 'The way you are dressed helps. You are the Peter Pan of the hoop world and I believe, I believe!'
Potty! Dalek impersonator Martyn Crofts failed to impress Simon Cowell but seemed to entertain everyone else with his bizarre act
Getting involved: Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden were humoured by Martyn and joined in by wearing their own saucepans on their heads
…But Simon Cowell was less than impressed when Amanda tried to get him to join in
Oh dear! Especially when David started banging his head with yet another saucepan
David also joked that Alesha fancied the 21-year-old, to which she replied: 'He's got a great body… You fancy him too!'
But Cowell added some seriousness to the panel as he added: 'I think what you did was absolutely brilliant'.
And the audience obviously agreed as he was placed in the top three with the public votes, before the judges voted him out in favour of Aquabatique.
But Simon was left less than impressed with Dalek impersonator Martyn Crofts and even buzzed him halfway through as he continued his act with a saucepan on his head.
Amanda, who a encouraged all of the die hard Doctor Who fans to vote for him, but Simon pleaded with them not to.
Strictly Wheels: Dance duo Gary and Paula received mixed views from the judges, with them all agreeing it was a joyous act – but some preferred the first audition
Feedback: Paula was pleased to have been given the chance to perform again on the last semi-final of the week
And he was begrudgingly forced to join in the fun when the other three judges placed an upside down saucepan on the music mogul's head, while David proceeded to bang it with his own pan.
Simon complained: 'Arguably the most stupid act I've ever seen on this show. It is insane beyond belief. I'm urging Doctor Who fans not to put you through.'
He also buzzed lazor harp player Grieg Stewart, as did Amanda after he failed to impress with the technical act.
Big hit: Hungarian trampolinists/basketball players Face Team gave a triumphant start to the show
Hopeful: Simon was particularly impressed with Face Team and told them they had risked their lives for their high energy sequence
But it was down to David to lighten the mood and ensure the 27-year-old musician didn't feel too downhearted – and to give a dig to his pal Simon.
Walliams reassured him: 'You know why Simon buzzed Because he doesn't know what the kids are getting down to'.
Dancing duo Strictly Wheels drew mixed comments from the panelists with their sequence.
Under pressure: Lazor harp player Grieg Stewart failed to ignite the judges' imagination after a few slip ups
Feedback: Alesha enjoyed the music and dance aspect but Simon branded it 'terrible'
Overall they seemed to like the concept, but both Alesha and Amanda surmised that they'd preferred their audition piece better.
Although David told Gary, 38, and Paula, 41, who was wheelchair bound: 'It is completely joyous and you've given a lot of hope to people out there'.