Britain's Got Talent (series 1)

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Britain's Got Talent
Series 1
Broadcast from 9 June 2007 – 17 June 2007
Judges Simon Cowell
Amanda Holden
Piers Morgan
Presenter(s) Ant & Dec (ITV)
Co-presenter(s) Stephen Mulhern (ITV2)
Broadcaster ITV
ITV2 (Britain's Got More Talent)
Paul Potts
PP Rhyl UK Pavilion Theatre.jpg
Origin Bristol, England
Song "Turandot"
Genre(s) Classical, operatic pop
Damon Scott

The first series of Britain's Got Talent began on 9 June 2007 and ended on 17 June 2007. It was won by opera singer Paul Potts. The first five shows concerned the audition stages of the competition and the final four shows aired the live semi-finals and final. The show was hosted by Ant & Dec on ITV, while Stephen Mulhern presented spin-off show Britain's Got More Talent on ITV2. The judges were Piers Morgan, Amanda Holden and Simon Cowell.


The series was first intended to air in 2005 before America's Got Talent, but was postponed after original host Paul O'Grady transferred from ITV to Channel 4. Ant & Dec were later decided upon as replacement hosts. David Hasselhoff and Cheryl Cole were originally lined up as judges, but both resigned before the programme was due to air, meaning Holden and Morgan were brought in as a replacements. Cowell later employed Cole as the replacement for Sharon Osbourne on The X Factor, as he felt she was better suited to the show. Hasselhoff later joined America's Got Talent and was a judge in the fifth series of Britain's Got Talent.

Semi-final summary[edit]

The "Order" columns lists the order of appearance each act made for every episode.

Key X Buzzed out Judges' choice   Won the public vote   Won the judges' vote

Semi-final 1[edit]

Order Finished Artist Act Buzzes and judges' choices
Cowell Holden Morgan
1 4th MD Productions Dance Group
2 2nd (won judges' vote) Damon Scott Comedy Puppeteer X
3 8th Mel's Klever K9’S Line Dancing Dog Act X X X
4 3rd (lost judges' vote) Dominic Smith Singer
5 6th Luke & Charlotte Dancing Couple
6 7th Caroline Boyes Solo Dancer X X
7 5th The Free Runners Aerobics Act X
8 1st (won public vote) Paul Potts Opera singer

Semi-final 2[edit]

Order Finished Artist Act Buzzes and judges' choices
Cowell Holden Morgan
1 2nd (won judges' vote) 'Kombat Breakers Dance group
2 5th Victoria Armstrong Angle Grinding
3 6th Jack Reeve Tap Dancer X
4 7th Jake Pratt Singer/Comedian X
5 8th The Mini-Mezzos Dance Group
6 4th Crazeehorse Acrobatic Act
7 3rd (lost judges' vote) Craig Womersley Baton Twirler
8 1st (won public vote) Bessie Cursons Musical theatre performer
  • Simon pressed Amanda's buzzer.

Semi-final 3[edit]

Order Finished Artist Act Buzzes and judges' choices
Cowell Holden Morgan
1 7th Cheeky Bits Dance Group
2 4th Mike Garbutt Comedian
3 8th Doctor Gore Alternative Magic/Comedy X X X
4 3rd (lost judges' vote) Tony Laf Singer
5 6th Scott Holtom Solo Dancer
6 5th Crew 82 Beat boxing group X
7 2nd (won judges' vote) The Bar Wizards Alternative Juggling X
8 1st (won public vote) Connie Talbot Singer


Order Finished Artist Act
1 5th Kombat Breakers Dance group
2 3rd Connie Talbot Singer
3 4th Bessie Cursons Musical theatre performer
4 6th The Bar Wizards Alternative juggling
5 2nd Damon Scott Comedy puppeteer
6 1st Paul Potts Opera singer

Live show chart[edit]

Winner Final six Eliminated Disqualified Judge's choice
Did not perform Won semi-final Top 3 (eliminated)
Show Contestant Result
Semi-final 1 Semi-final 2 Semi-final 3 Final
Final Paul Potts Win Winner
Damon Scott JC Runner-up[1]
Connie Talbot Win Runner-up[2]
Bessie Cursons Win Runner-up
Kombat Breakers JC Runner-up
The Bar Wizards JC Runner-up
Semi-final 3 Cheeky Bits ELIM
Crew 82 ELIM
Doctor Gore ELIM
Kit Kat Dolls DISQ
Mike Garbutt ELIM
Scott Holtom ELIM
Tony Laf Top 3
Semi-final 2 Craig Womersley Top 3
Crazeehorse ELIM
Jack Reeve ELIM
Jake Pratt ELIM
Richard Bates DISQ
The Mini Mezzos ELIM
Victoria Armstrong ELIM
Semi-final 1 Caroline Boyes ELIM
Dominic Smith Top 3
Luke & Charlotte ELIM
MD Productions ELIM
Mel's Klever K9's ELIM
The Freerunners ELIM


Show Date Official ratings
Weekly rank[3] Share
Auditions 1 9 June 5.20 12 22.7%[4]
Auditions 2 10 June 6.73 8 28.0%[5]
Auditions 3 11 June 7.28 15 29.4%[6]
Auditions 4 12 June 7.39 13 29.3%[7]
Auditions 5 13 June 7.51 11 29.2%[8]
Semi-final 1 14 June 8.36 9 34.0%[9]
Semi-final 2 15 June 9.28 8 38.1%[10]
Semi-final 3 16 June 9.29 7 40.9%[10]
Live final 17 June 11.58 1 43.7%[11]
Live final results 17 June 11.45 2 44.7%[11]
Series average 2007 8.38 TBC 34%
Overall Viewers Share Source
Auditions 6.8m 28.0%
Live shows 10.0m 40.0%
Series average 8.40m 33.6% [11]


Paul Potts[edit]

During his time on the show, Paul Potts faced allegations that was already an establish performer who had trained intensively under Luciano Pavarotti in Italy. Potts, who would later win the show denied the accusations, claiming that he had only performed in amateur opera productions, and his lessons with Pavarotti had actually been a single masterclass. This was confirmed by a former singing teacher who stated that Potts was forced to quit singing in 2003 due to illness[12]

Richard Bates[edit]

Series one contestant Richard Bates claimed he quit the show in 2007 after injuring himself in an accident with his electric organ, but in fact the Lancashire Police force had contacted producers to inform them that he was listed on the Sex Offenders Register following an unspecified offence committed in December 2005.[13][14] Lancashire Police stated that they were worried the victim might see Bates on television. As a result, Richard Bates was disqualified.

Kit Kat Dolls[edit]

On 16 June 2007 (the last semi-final show of series one), drag act the Kit Kat Dolls were disqualified after the News of the World claimed that three of the members were prostitutes.[15]

Doctor Gore[edit]

Ofcom investigated 21 complaints made about Doctor Gore's rather gruesome magic act, and found the programme to be in breach of their broadcasting code.[16]


Auditions took place London, Cardiff, Birmingham and Manchester. The contest was also deemed unfair,[by whom?] as the show did not hold any auditions in Scotland, despite the fact that the show is called "Britain's" Got Talent. This has since been rectified, with the show holding auditions in Glasgow or Edinburgh in all subsequent series so far, except series 8.