Sunday 21 October 2018

Contrasting singers through to Britain’s Got Talent final

An opera singer and a musical comedian became the fifth and sixth act through to Sunday’s final.

BGT semi-finals continue on Thursday evening (Tom Dymond/Syco/Thames ITV)
BGT semi-finals continue on Thursday evening (Tom Dymond/Syco/Thames ITV)

By Joe Nerssessian, Press Association

Two contrasting musicians – an opera singer and a musical comedian – were the latest acts put through to the Britain’s Got Talent final.

Welsh singer Gruffydd Wyn, Amanda Holden’s golden buzzer act, joined the winner of the third semi-final, Robert White, in qualifying for Sunday’s finale.

After 90 minutes of thrilling variety performances, the pair were joined by another golden buzzer act, magician Marc Spelmann in the top three.

While White was crowned winner of the public vote, the judges could not be split between Wyn and Spelmann meaning the decision returned to the poll.

After Declan Donnelly announced the decision, Wyn said: “I feel over the moon, that was nerve racking. I’m really excited and looking forward to coming back on this stage.”

White joked he had been planning to play a gig Sunday to pay his rent but would have to change his plans.

The musical comedian, who has autism and Asperger syndrome, took aim at the judges with his origninal song while the show escaped any serious glitches after the first two semi-finals were marred by issues.

Monday’s broadcast was briefly interrupted due to stormy weather while a stage invader interrupted Tuesday’s show.

There was a slight delay on Wednesday evening with presenter Declan Donnelly having to stall ahead of the fourth act, Mr Uekusa, as he was not quite ready.

White and Wyn’s success meant disappointment for a teenage survivor from the Manchester Arena bombing, who was praised for her “unbelievable attitude” after performing.

Hollie Booth, 13, and her dance troupe Rise Unbroken were among the eight acts on stage in Wednesday’s live shows.

They performed to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ Can’t Hold Us, with Booth leaping out of her wheelchair and dancing on crutches.

It comes just over a year since the terror attack at the Ariana Grande concert where a suicide bomber killed 22 people including Booth’s aunt, Kelly Brewster.

The group sported jumpers emblazoned with worker bees – the emblem for Manchester, symbolising the city’s industrial past.

Amanda Holden said the youngster had come on “leaps and bounds”, adding the group had done “Manchester proud”.

Simon Cowell said: “Through your perseverance and and an unbelievable attitude … whatever happens… you have won.”

Also facing the disappointment of exiting the competition were singer Aleksandar Mileusnic, DMU gospel choir and dance group Acrocadabra.

Already qualified from the two previous semi-finals are singers Donchez Dacres and Calum Courtney, choir the D-Day Darlings and comedian The Lost Voice Guy.

BGT semi-finals continue on Thursday evening.

Press Association

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