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Wednesday 22 May 2019

Ant and Dec use BGT golden buzzer for dancing Mumbai teenager

The Britain’s Got Talent hosts were so overjoyed with the teenager’s performance, they used their one golden buzzer on him.

Ant and Dec use BGT golden buzzer for Mumbai teen dancer (Dymond/Thames/Syco/REX/Shutterstock)
Ant and Dec use BGT golden buzzer for Mumbai teen dancer (Dymond/Thames/Syco/REX/Shutterstock)

By Lucy Mapstone, Press Association Deputy Entertainment Editor

A teenager from Mumbai has become the third act on Britain’s Got Talent to go straight through to the live shows after earning a golden buzzer from Ant and Dec.

Ashkat Singh, 13, impressed the show’s presenters with his energetic dance routine, which saw him do the splits and pull off some breakdance-style moves.

The youngster also won over the audience and the judges with his performance, and was praised for being an inspiration to children.

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Ant and Dec (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Arriving on stage, Singh said: “I have two mottos in my life – to make everyone happy, and to show everyone that nothing is impossible in their life.”

Following his bold routine, which saw him dance to Starships by Nicki Minaj, he received a standing ovation from the audience at the London Palladium.

Watching from the side of the stage, hosts Ant and Dec were visibly excited.

Head judge Simon Cowell said: “I was not expecting that. A lot of kids are going to watch you and absolutely love what you do because you’re fun, you’ve got great personality.

“This is your moment.”

Judge David Walliams said: “I wish I was 13 and watching you up there on the stage, you would have made me feel like I could achieve absolutely anything.”

Before the judges, also including Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden, were able to decide whether Singh would go through to the next round of the show, Ant and Dec ran down from the stage to the judging panel’s desk.

They pressed the golden buzzer, meaning Singh is guaranteed a place in the live semi-finals.

Overwhelmed with joy, Singh – who was hugged by Ant and Dec on stage – said that he just “wants to be happy and make others happy”.

Dixon told Singh he is a “remarkable young man”, and the presenters joked that they wanted to “keep him” for themselves.

The programme also saw acts including comic Barbara Nice, singer Brian Gilligan and harpist Ursula Burns make it through to the next stage of the series, each receiving four yeses from the judges.

A knife-throwing duo from Belarus also sailed through to the next round after a nail-biting performance, which included Cowell being involved in the stunt.

Andrei Gomonov launched knives at the judge, who had asked for the chance to take part in the act.

With knives being thrown closely to his body, the crowd at the venue winced in horror.

Following the stunt, Cowell told Andrei’s assistant Daria Sheremet: “You’re a brave girl.

“I wanted to feel what it’s like. It is terrifying.”

They were given four yeses from the judges.

Britain’s Got Talent continues on ITV next Saturday.

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