Britain's Got Talent (series 8)
|Britain's Got Talent|
|Broadcast from||12 April– 7 June 2014|
Ant & Dec (Manchester auditions)
|Presenter(s)||Ant & Dec (ITV)|
|Co-presenter(s)||Stephen Mulhern (ITV2)|
ITV2 (Britain's Got More Talent)
|Song||"Bring Him Home"|
The eighth series of Britain's Got Talent began airing on ITV on 12 April 2014. Ant & Dec returned to present the main show on ITV, while Stephen Mulhern returned to present the spin-off show Britain's Got More Talent on ITV2. Judges Simon Cowell and Amanda Holden returned for their respective eighth series on the judging panel, whilst Alesha Dixon and David Walliams both returned for their third series. The series is part of a new contract that will keep Britain's Got Talent on the air until 2016.
Auditions for the series took place between January and February 2014 in Belfast, London, Manchester, Birmingham and Cardiff. This was the first series where auditions were held in Northern Ireland, but they did not take place in Scotland. The live semi-finals began on 26 May, and concluded on 31 May. The live final took place on 7 June, and was won by boy band Collabro. Opera singer Lucy Kay finished second, and singing/rapping duo Bars and Melody taking third place. With Electronic dance troupe Light Balance coming in fourth place.
- 1 Judges and presenters
- 2 Golden buzzer
- 3 Auditions
- 4 Semi-finals
- 5 Final (7 June)
- 6 Ratings
- 7 Controversy
- 8 References
Judges and presenters
Simon Cowell confirmed on 1 June 2013 that the eighth series of the show would air in 2014. He also confirmed that he would return to the judging panel alongside Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams. On 15 November 2013, it was announced that Britain's Got Talent would remain on the air until 2016. Cowell did not attend the first day of the Manchester auditions after contracting the flu and was replaced by Ant & Dec. He was again absent during the final day of the London auditions, but was not replaced.
This series saw the introduction of the new golden buzzer. During the auditions, as well as the standard buzzers, there was a golden buzzer placed in the centre of the judges' desk. Each judge was allowed to press this buzzer only once, and it would send that auditionee straight through to the live semi-finals regardless of the opinions of the other three judges. Ant & Dec were given the opportunity to press the golden buzzer as well. The golden buzzer has previously been used on Germany's Got Talent.
Holden was the first judge to use the golden buzzer, pressing it during the second day of the Birmingham auditions on 2 February, for Salsa dancing duo Paddy & Nico. Cowell used it on the second day of auditions in Manchester with hip hop duo Bars & Melody. Walliams used the golden buzzer on the first day of the London auditions on 11 February for performance singer Christian Spridon, leaving Dixon as the only judge yet to use it. The following day, Dixon pressed the golden buzzer on the second day of the London auditions for girl group REAformed. On the final day of London auditions, which Cowell was absent from, Ant & Dec pressed the buzzer for stand-up comedian/impressionist Toju.
The first episode aired from 8.00pm until 9.15pm. It was originally ment to air from 7.15pm until 8.30pm but was pushed back due to the match going into extra time and penalties. The next two aired from 7.00pm until 8.15pm. The fourth and fifth episode aired from 7.15pm until 8.30pm and 7.00pm until 8.00pm respectively. The sixth episode aired from 8.20pm until 9.35pm. Like the first episode, the episode was meant to air from 7.30pm until 8.45pm and was pushed back due to extra time, penalties and post-match intervews. The final episode aired from 7.00pm until 8.15pm.
Additionally, to couple with the show's sponsorship with Morrisons, a series of "Talent Spot tents" were set up at various local Morrisons supermarkets around the country. These auditions took place from 2–15 November 2013 in Dundee, Gamston, Killingworth, Norwich, Leeds, Bristol, Wrexham, Plymstock, Liverpool and Swansea. Also, two other sets auditions were held at The Savoy Hotel in Blackpool and The Old Ship Hotel in Brighton on 16 and 17 November, respectively.
This series saw the first ever judges auditions in Northern Ireland; however for the first time since series 1, auditions were not held in Scotland. A spokesman said: "We have found some great talent in Scotland in the past but we are only able to visit a limited number of cities across the UK and this year we decided to visit Belfast for the first time." The auditions began on 18 January in Belfast (Waterfront Hall), before taking place on 22 and 23 January in Cardiff (Wales Millennium Centre). Auditions continued on 1–3 February in Birmingham (International Convention Centre), 7 and 8 February in Manchester (The Lowry) and 11–14 February in London (Hammersmith Apollo).
Cowell was forced to pull out of the first day of the Manchester auditions after contracting the flu. Ant & Dec each took a turn replacing him on the judging panel, but both failed to buzz at acts and left the panel. Cowell also missed the final day of the London auditions on 14 February due to his girlfriend Lauren Silverman going into labour and was not replaced.
|Belfast||18 January 2014||Waterfront Hall||David Walliams
|Cardiff||22–23 January 2014||Wales Millennium Centre|
|Birmingham||1–3 February 2014||International Convention Centre|
|Manchester||7 February 2014||The Lowry||David Walliams
Ant & Dec
|8 February 2014||David Walliams
|London||11–13 February 2014||Hammersmith Apollo|
|14 February 2014||Alesha Dixon
The semi-finalists were chosen on 9 March 2014.
The live shows started on 26 May 2014, the day after the final auditions episode, and aired each evening until 31 May, with the exception of the Friday (30 May) due to ITV's coverage of England's friendly with Peru. The first four semi-final episodes aired from 7:30–9:00pm, with the results half-an-hour later at 9.30pm after a 30-minute episode of Coronation Street. The fifth show on Saturday 31 May aired at the earlier time of 7:00–8:30pm, although the results show still aired at 9:30pm.
Each results show featured a guest performance. Ella Henderson performed on the first results show, followed by Ed Sheeran on the second. The third results show featured a performance from The Vamps, followed by will.i.am featuring Cody Wise on the fourth and Attraction & Richard & Adam on the fifth.
- Third place
- Semi-finalist (lost judges' or public vote)
|Name of act||Age(s)||Genre||Act||Semi-final||Result|
|The Addict Initiative||17–31||Dance||Dance group||2||Finalist (won judges' vote)|
|Bailey McConnell||15||Singing||Singer-songwriter||5||Eliminated (lost judges' vote)|
|Bars & Melody||13 & 15||Singing||Singing/rapping duo||4||Third place|
|Bolddog FMX Team||24–48||Stunt||Motorcycle display team||2||Eliminated|
|Cartel||16–27||Dance||Dance troupe||3||Eliminated (lost judges' vote)|
|Christian Spridon||36||Singing||Performance singer||1||Eliminated|
|Collabro||20–24||Singing||Musical theatre singing group||1||Winner|
|Country Vive||16–35||Dance||Country-dancing troupe||1||Eliminated|
|Crazy Rouge||21–26||Dance||Burlesque dance troupe||3||Eliminated|
|Darcy Oake||26||Magic||Magician||1||Finalist (won judges' vote)|
|Innova Irish Dance Company||14–23||Dance||Irish dance troupe||4||Eliminated (lost judges' vote)|
|Jack Pack||24–33||Singing||Singing group||5||Finalist (won public vote)|
|James Smith||15||Singing||Singer||2||Finalist (won public vote)|
|Jodi Bird||16||Singing||Musical theatre singer||2||Eliminated (lost judges' vote)|
|Jon Clegg||43||Comedy||Impressionist||1||Finalist (wildcard)|
|Kieran & Sarah||26 & 28||Singing||Singing duo||4||Eliminated|
|Kings & Queens||18–29||Dance||Latin dance troupe||5||Eliminated|
|Kitty & Rosie||25 & 48||Singing||Singing duo||3||Eliminated|
|Kony Puppets||32||Comedy||Puppet dance act||2||Eliminated|
|La Voix & The London Gay Big Band||26–52||Music||Drag artist & orchestral band||5||Eliminated|
|Lauren & Terrell||12||Dance||Dance duo||1||Eliminated|
|Lettice Rowbotham||24||Music||Violinist||4||Finalist (won judges' vote)|
|Light Balance||19–33||Dance||Electronic dance troupe||4||Eliminated|
|Lucy Kay||24||Singing||Opera singer||3||Runner-up|
|Mini Moves||11–12||Dance||Dance troupe||2||Eliminated|
|Paddy & Nico||79 & 39||Dance||Salsa dancers||5||Finalist (won judges' vote)|
|Patsy May||N/A||Comedy||Puppet act||1||Eliminated|
|Peat Loaf & Elaine||52 & 36||Singing||Singing duo||5||Eliminated|
|Ricky K||33||Comedy||Comedic mime act||2||Eliminated|
|Yanis Marshall, Arnaud and Mehdi||24–26||Dance||Dance troupe||3||Finalist (won judges' vote)|
Semi-final 1 (26 May)
|Contestant||Order||Act||Buzzes and judges' votes||Finished||Result|
|Country Vive||1||Country/western-dance troupe||4th - 4.0%||Eliminated|
|Micky Dumoulin||2||Singer||5th - 3.0%||Eliminated|
|Lauren and Terrell||3||Street dance duo||6th - 2.8%||Eliminated|
|Patsy May||4||Comedy/musical theatre puppet act||7th - 1.3%||Eliminated|
|Henrietta Adewole||5||Singer||9th - 0.8%||Eliminated|
|Jon Clegg||6||Impressionist||3rd - 9.4%||Top 3 (lost judges' vote)1|
|Darcy Oake||7||Illusionist||2nd - 15.5%||Top 3 (won judges' vote)1|
|Christian Spridon||8||Entertainer||8th - 0.9%||Eliminated|
|Collabro||9||Operatic musical theatre singing group||1st - 62.3%||Top 3 (won public vote)|
- ^1 The judges' vote was a split decision. Darcy Oake was announced to have received more public votes and was sent through to the final.
Semi-final 2 (27 May)
|Contestant||Order||Act||Buzzes and judges' votes||Finished||Result|
|Mini Moves||1||Dance Group||4th - 7.3%||Eliminated|
|Ed Drewett||2||Singer-songwriter||5th - 7.0%||Eliminated|
|Bolddog FMX Team2||3||Extreme motorbike stunt performers||6th - 6.4%||Eliminated|
|Jodi Bird||4||Musical theatre singer||2nd - 16.5%||Top 3 (lost judges' vote)|
|SweetChix||5||Girl band||7th - 5.5%||Eliminated|
|Ricky K||6||Comedic mime act||8th - 4.1%||Eliminated|
|The Addict Initiative||7||Dance troupe||3rd - 11.4%||Top 3 (won judges' vote)|
|Kony Puppets3||8||Dancing puppet act||9th - 0.5%||Eliminated|
|James Smith||9||Singer/guitarist||1st - 41.3%||Top 3 (won public vote)|
- ^2 Bolddog FMX Team's performance was recorded outside, in one take, in advance to the live show.
- ^3 This was the first time since series 5 that an act in the semi-final had been buzzed off.
Semi-final 3 (28 May)
|Contestant||Order||Act||Buzzes and judges' votes||Finished||Result|
|Crazy Rouge||1||Burlesque dance troupe||7th - 1.9%||Eliminated|
|Ellis Chick||2||Singer||4th - 9.7%||Eliminated|
|Sam Jones||3||Ventriloquist||6th - 2.4%||Eliminated|
|REAformed||4||Girl band||5th - 5.2%||Eliminated|
|Brian Chan||5||Painter||9th - 0.5%||Eliminated|
|Cartel||6||Dance act||3rd - 11.5%||Top 3 (lost judges' vote)4|
|Kitty and Rosie||7||Singing duo||8th - 1.5%||Eliminated|
|Lucy Kay||8||Opera singer||1st - 45.8%||Top 3 (won public vote)|
|Yanis Marshall, Arnaud and Mehdi||9||Dance act||2nd - 21.5%||Top 3 (won judges' vote)4|
- ^4 The judges' vote was a split decision. Yanis Marshall, Arnaud & Mehdi were announced to have received more public votes and were sent through to the final.
Semi-final 4 (29 May)
|Contestant||Order||Act||Buzzes and judges' votes||Finished||Result|
|Innova Irish Dance Company||1||Irish dance troupe||3rd - 13.8%||Top 3 (lost judges' vote)5|
|Kieran & Sarah||2||Opera singing duo||7th - 1.5%||Eliminated|
|Pyroterra||3||Fire stunt performers||8th - 0.7%||Eliminated|
|Toju||4||Stand-up comedian/impressionist||6th - 1.9%||Eliminated|
|Eva Iglesias||5||Singer||5th - 5.6%||Eliminated|
|Allan Turner-Ward||6||DJ||9th - 0.5%||Eliminated|
|Light Balance||7||Computer animation act||4th - 11.7%||Eliminated|
|Bars & Melody||8||Singer and rapper duo||1st - 47.5%||Top 3 (won public vote)|
|Lettice Rowbotham||9||Violinist||2nd - 16.8%||Top 3 (won judges' vote)5|
- ^5 The judges' vote was a split decision. Lettice Rowbotham was announced to have received more public votes and was sent through to the final.
Semi-final 5 (31 May)
|Contestant||Order||Act||Buzzes and judges' votes6||Finished||Result|
|La Voix & The London Gay Big Band||1||Drag act & orchestral band||6th - 3.3%||Eliminated|
|Bailey McConnell||2||Singer-songwriter/guitarist||3rd - 12.4%||Top 3 (lost judges' vote)|
|Kings & Queens||3||Latin dance troupe||5th - 3.5%||Eliminated|
|Peat Loaf & Elaine||4||Impersonating/singing duo||9th - 1.5%||Eliminated|
|Andrew Derbyshire||5||Singer||7th - 2.3%||Eliminated|
|Jenson Zhu||6||Impressionist||4th - 4.1%||Eliminated|
|Kieran Lai||7||Bodypopper||8th - 2.0%||Eliminated|
|Paddy & Nico7||8||Salsa dance couple||2nd - 13.9%||Top 3 (won judges' vote)|
|Jack Pack||9||Rat pack singing group||1st - 57.0%||Top 3 (won public vote)|
- ^6 This was the first semi-final since series 4 in which no buzzers were pressed by any of the judges.
- ^7 On 29 May, it was reported that Paddy & Nico had withdrawn due to injury, but the following day a further announcement was made that Paddy had received the all-clear from doctors and would be able to compete, although the act would be slightly modified.
Final (7 June)
The final took place on 7 June from 7.00pm until 9.30pm.
- Guest performers: Diversity & Little Mix – "Salute"; Cheryl Cole featuring Tinie Tempah – "Crazy Stupid Love"
|The Addict Initiative||1||Dance troupe||10th - 2.4%|
|Jon Clegg||2||Impressionist||7th - 5.2%|
|Lettice Rowbotham||3||Violinist||8th - 4.0%|
|Yanis Marshall, Arnaud and Mehdi8||4||Dance act||11th - 1.0%|
|Bars and Melody||5||Singer and rapper duo||3rd - 14.3%|
|James Smith||6||Singer/guitarist||6th - 6.9%|
|Jack Pack||7||Rat pack singing group||4th - 10.6%|
|Darcy Oake||8||Illusionist||5th - 8.5%|
|Paddy & Nico||9||Salsa dance couple||9th - 3.6%|
|Collabro||10||Operatic musical theatre singing group||1st - 26.5%|
|Lucy Kay||11||Opera singer||2nd - 17.0%|
- ^8 Cowell pressed his buzzer during Yanis Marshall, Arnaud and Mehdi's performance. This was the first time in Britain's Got Talent history that an act was buzzed during a final.
|Episode||Date||Official ITV rating
|Weekly rank||Share (%)||Official ITV HD rating
|Official ITV +1 rating
|Total viewers (millions)|
|Auditions 1||12 April||10.03||1||45.0||1.82||0.56||12.41|
|Auditions 2||19 April||8.45||1||40.4||1.49||1.11||11.05|
|Auditions 3||26 April||8.63||1||42.6||1.76||0.94||11.33|
|Auditions 4||3 May||8.58||1||42.3||1.52||0.80||10.90|
|Auditions 5||10 May||8.45||1||41.1||1.77||0.92||11.14|
|Auditions 6||17 May||8.27||1||40.9||1.85||0.58||10.70|
|Auditions 7||25 May||7.68||1||38.9||1.52||0.73||9.93|
|Semi-final 1||26 May||8.74||1||39.1||1.72||0.48||10.94|
|Semi-final 1 results||7.13||10||33.3||1.44||0.30||8.87|
|Semi-final 2||27 May||7.60||8||34.9||1.28||0.48||9.36|
|Semi-final 2 results||5.94||14||27.4||1.02||0.58||7.54|
|Semi-final 3||28 May||7.82||6||36.7||1.26||0.33||9.41|
|Semi-final 3 results||6.19||13||28.7||0.98||0.33||7.55|
|Semi-final 4||29 May||7.70||7||36.7||1.35||0.48||9.53|
|Semi-final 4 results||6.78||12||33.3||1.20||0.41||8.39|
|Semi-final 5||31 May||7.00||11||38.1||1.34||0.63||8.97|
|Semi-final 5 results||5.57||19||28.2||1.18||0.34||7.09|
|Live final||7 June||9.64||1||49.0||1.89||0.52||12.05|
On 15 March 2014, there were "fix" claims when it was revealed that Irish boy band HomeTown, who auditioned successfully, were in fact managed by The X Factor judge Louis Walsh. However the producers denied any wrongdoing. Their audition was not shown on television.
Paddy & Nico
Controversy was also caused when it was announced that dance act Paddy & Nico, who advanced to the semi-finals after gaining Holden's golden buzzer in the auditions, had previously won the Spanish talent show Tú sí que vales, which has a similar format to Britain's Got Talent. Cowell defended the pair, stating; "Don't knock Paddy for performing on a Spanish talent show. She is British and wants the chance to perform in front of our royal family. She is 80 years old. Let her have that chance. You the viewers will decide."
Holden faced backlash, primarily on Twitter, after comparing Paddy's performance spirit to the soldiers on D-Day in 1944. After Paddy & Nico's final performance, Holden commented, "I'm so proud of you. You have come back from injury with fighting spirit...I hope that today is Pad-D Day". Many tweets expressed the distaste in comparing Paddy Jones to soldiers that had fought in the war.
Cowell was not present at the audition of singer Ed Drewett; however many believed that this was set up as Cowell would have recognised him as Drewett has previously penned songs for The Wanted and One Direction. It was also reported that Drewett had been asked to audition by producers so that Cowell could sign him to Syco Music later on. In response to these claims, Drewett insisted that he had never met Cowell before his audition. He said, "I can completely see why people think, 'Oh, hang on, One Direction are with Syco, Syco do Britain's Got Talent, they must be paying him!' Not at all. It's just if someone wants a song, I'm going to give it to them, especially if they're One Direction."
Cowell was accused of ageism during Northamptonshire-based dance troupe Cartel's audition. He stated that 27-year-old Jamie Mitchell was too old to be in the group (the other members were teenagers), and claimed that he "stuck out like a sore thumb". Despite Cowell's reservations, the group made it to the semi-finals, where Cowell apologised to Mitchell.
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