Thursday 21 June 2018

Belfast couple and Newport entertainer impress Walliams on Britain's Got Talent

A married couple from Belfast wowed David Walliams to become the third Golden Buzzer act on Britain's Got Talent.

Ian Marshall, 64, and his wife Anne, 61, put their own spin on Crazy In Love by Beyonce.

The duo enthralled Walliams and fellow judges Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden with their unconventional performance.

After Walliams hit the Golden Buzzer, which gives the couple an automatic place in the live shows, he headed to the stage.

"I think you really are the spirit of Britain's Got Talent, the pair of you," he told them.

"You spend your whole lives doing something else, you've got this beautiful relationship and you did a Beyonce song for no apparent reason."

Cowell said: "I just knew David was going to do that, but actually, for once, I get it."

The couple, who met while serving in the army and have now been married for 44 years, said the Beyonce hit sums up how they feel about each other.

"We've come to Britain's Got Talent to win it, obviously," the 64-year-old said before their audition.

The stakes are high as the 2016 winner will receive a cash prize of £250,000 and a slot on the Royal Variety Performance.

Earlier in the ITV show, Presentation School Choir's choral director Veronica McCarron appeared to catch Cowell's eye.

"I like your glasses, by the way. You look cute," he told her to the audience's delight.

The all-girl choir, made up of 57 girls ranging in age from 14 to 18, is from Kilkenny in Ireland. Their rendition of Adiemus by Karl Jenkins earned four yeses.

Martial arts teachers Lisa and Chris Pitman, a married couple from Biggin Hill, south London, broke 1,000 tiles in less than a minute with their hands.

"So impressive. Forget Kim and Kanye - you are the next power couple!" Dixon stated as the couple were given four yeses.

Kathleen Jenkins, a 25-year-old part-time holiday entertainer from Newport, moved the panel and the audience with her emotional version of Wild Horses by The Rolling Stones.

"You've got this God-given talent, and the world needs to hear it," said Walliams.

Holden added. "You are what this show is all about."

"I love everything about you, I love the tone of your voice, I love the way you controlled the song. I think you're really, really special, Kathleen," Cowell said as the Welsh contestant walked away with four yeses.

Ruby Murry, a 34-year-old drag performer who mainly performs in front of cabaret audiences, lit up the stage with some colourful attire and a warm personality.

Real name Tom Lee, the singer's rendition of Nessun Dorma stunned everyone.

"If only Pavarotti had dressed like that," Walliams quipped as Ruby Murry left the stage with four yeses.

Colin Henry, a 68-year-old retired performer from Doncaster, progressed to the next round with his unusual way of playing the piano upside down.

Dance group Bespoke Candi are also through alongside Dmitry and Kseniia, a pair of Russian acrobats and dancers, and 17-year-old dancer Balance Unity, real name Taylor Goodridge.

Craig Ball, a 24-year-old maintenance worker from Hertfordshire, imitated entertainment figures, including Kermit The Frog, Miss Piggy and Family Guy's Peter and Stewie Griffin, as he sang Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus.

"What a brilliantly original way to do impressions," Walliams said as Ball was awarded four yeses.

Britain's Got Talent continues next week.

Press Association

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