The Olympics of talent has officially commenced!
Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions kicked off its month-long search to find the best talent in the world on Saturday night and judging from the launch, it’s going to be one crazy ride to the finish.
Saturday’s launch show saw eight acts take to the stage to fight for the chance to be crowned “ultimate champion” and be known as the best act in the world. From terrifying daredevils to hilarious comedians, here is a recap of all the acts as well as the results.
Ashleigh and Sully
The winners of Britain’s Got Talent 2012 returned to the BGT stage to kick the night off. Since winning seven years ago, Ashleigh lost her original dog Pudsey and has been performing with Pusey the past few years. They performed a Mary Poppins like routine and it was such an adorable way to begin the show.
Personally, I love seeing the show kick off with the winner of a previous series. As judge Simon Cowell told them after their performance: “You define the word ‘champion'”.
Bello and Annaliese Nock
The father and daughter daredevils both competed on America’s Got Talent separately but came together to perform on the BGT stage. They had the audience and judges in shock as they performed the “Spinning Wheel of Death”, which saw them inside a wheel doing flips, tricks, and at one point – getting out of the wheel and standing on it several feet in the air.
As someone who covers AGT, I’ve seen these two perform before. However, watching them together was special. The crowd was chanting for judge Amanda Holden to use her Golden Buzzer but she did not, leaving hosts Ant and Dec surprised.
Way back in the first series of Britain’s Got Talent, Connie made the grand final when she was just six years old. She returned to stage for the very first time, performing an original song and it had everyone on their feet. Connie’s voice has only gotten better with age and she was a massive career ahead of her.
To see Connie now was truly something special and goes to show that she stuck with her passion and to see it come full circle reminds me of why this show was created.
The Nelson Twins
The comedy duo made it to the finale of Australia’s Got Talent 2012 and hit the BGT stage to perform for the audience at Wembley Arena. They performed a hilarious set about the struggle of being twins and how they went about their life with it.
Some of the jokes fell flat for me but overall they did a nice job with their set. It was my first time watching these guys and while I wouldn’t watch their routine again, they did a solid job on the night.
The dancers from India were up next. Sonali won India’s Got Talent in 2012 when she was just seven years old, while Sarder was a finalist in 2014 and 2015. The duo danced, flipped, and used their speed to perform one of the fastest salsa routines in the world.
In all my years of watching Got Talent shows, they may be one of my favourite dance acts of all time. Simply amazing!
The 34-year-old won Ukraine’s Got Talent back in 2009 and was a finalist on America’s Got Talent: The Champions earlier this year after receiving the Golden Buzzer from host Terry Crews and she would finish in the top three. She drew an emotional story about children with cancer and giving them hope with the message “Never give up”.
The performance was so moving, it earned Amanda’s Golden Buzzer, sending Keniya straight into the finals. It would be just the second time a Got Talent act would be a two-time Golden Buzzer winner.
“Your message was clear,” Amanda told her. “This is the champion of champions, we’re going all across the world. Your message was so emotional and you did it with just sand.”
The fan favourite dancing stormtrooper act first appeared on Britain’s Got Talent back in 2016 and their audition was seen online over 300 million times. They would make the final and finish in third place.
Saturday night, they returned and performed to a mashup of hits. It was a funny and cute routine, stepping it up from their original audition three years ago. It was original and entertaining.
The Sacred Riana
Things got spooky as it was time for some magic and illusion from the winner of Asia’s Got Talent 2017. The 27-year-old took to the stage and used Amanda to perform the trick. She made a man appear in a photograph behind Amanda.
The performance was good but I’ve seen her do this before, so for me, it was nothing special.
The 48-year-old opera singer closed the show. Paul was the first-ever winner of Britain’s Got Talent and was a finalist on America’s Got Talent: The Champions. He performed a beautiful song in front of the Wembley crowd, showing his voice is just as strong as ever.
I’ve always loved Paul and it was a true joy to see him back on the BGT stage. It was the perfect ending to a great first night of the series.
With Keniya Simonova already in the final, just one spot remained. Ant and Dec returned with the results and revealed Ashleigh and Sully, Bello and Annaliese Nock, and Boogie Storm finished in the top three, but only one could go through. Ashleigh and Sully finished in third, leaving Bello and Annaliese Nock and Boogie Storm as the top two. It was then revealed that Bello and Annaliese Nock was the second act to advance.
“I’m speechless,” Bello said. “Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.”
Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions airs Saturday’s at 8 pm on ITV.