Britain's Got Talent (series 2)

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Britain's Got Talent
Series 2
Broadcast from 12 April 2008 – 31 May 2008
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)
Winner:
George Sampson
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Origin Warrington
Genre(s) Street dance
Runner-up
Signature
Chronology
2008

The second series of Britain's Got Talent was broadcast from 12 April 2008 and ended on 31 May 2008. Notable differences from the first series the included the fact that auditions were held for the first time in Scotland and that there were 40 acts in the live semi-finals, compared to 24 the previous year. This series also ran for longer, this time airing seven weeks instead of one. Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan returned as judges. Ant & Dec returned as hosts with Stephen Mulhern coming back to present Britain's Got More Talent on ITV2. Auditions took place in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow and Blackpool. It was the first time that auditions were held in Glasgow and Blackpool.

The series was won by street dancer George Sampson, with dance duo Signature coming in second and singer Andrew Johnston in third.

Semi-finalists[edit]

On 24 May 2008, the judges announced the 40 acts that have made it through to the live semi-finals.[1] A total of 10 acts made the grand final on 31 May 2008.

The winner was George Sampson, who was invited to perform an encore of his 'Singin' in the Rain' routine.

Key      Winner      Runner-up      Third place      Finalist      Semi-finalist (lost judges' vote)
Name / Name of act Age(s) Genre Act From Semi Position Reached
Andrew Johnston 13 Singing Boy soprano Carlisle 2 3rd Place
Andrew Muir 24 Singing Pop Fauldhouse, West Lothian 4 Finalist
Anya Sparks 42 Dancing Solo Dance London 5 Semi-finalist
Bang On 34/27 Music Percussionists Hounslow 2 Semi-finalist
Boogie Babes 8–12 Dancing 19-strong troupe Appleby 4 Semi-finalist
Boogie Wonderland 12–21 Dancing 16-strong troupe Liverpool 1 Semi-finalist
Caburlesque Dancing Cabaret/Burlesque London 5 Semi-finalist
Charlie Green 10 Singing Swing music Worcestershire 3 Semi-finalist
Charlie Wernham 13 Comedy Stand-up comedy Essex 4 Semi-finalist
Cheeky Monkeys 8/9 Dancing Junior Couples Dance Burnley 2 Finalist
Craig Harper 35 Singing / Comedy Pop / Impressionist Hull 5 Semi-finalist
Dean Wilson 18 Singing Musical Theatre Middlesbrough 1 Semi-finalist
Deans of Magic 46/38 Magic Erotic magic Daventry 3 Semi-finalist
Diva Las Vegas Dancing 7-strong cabaret act Runcorn 5 Semi-finalist
Escala (originally Scala.) 23–26 Music String quartet London 5 Finalist
Faryl Smith 12 Singing Classical Kettering 4 Finalist
Flava 17–28 Dancing Hip-hop Dance Cornwall 2 Semi-finalist
George Sampson 14 Dancing Breakdancing Warrington 3 Winner[2]
Harlequin Stage School 8–13 Dancing 22-strong troupe Worcester 4 Semi-finalist
Hoop La La 22/23/24 Dancing Hula hoops Inverness 3 Semi-finalist
Iona Luvsandorj (Mostly credited as just Iona) 27 Contortionist Solo Contortionist London 2 Semi-finalist
Irresistible 23/21/23 Singing / Dancing Pop Tyne & Wear 3 Semi-finalist
James Stone 52 Singing Pop Rhyl 4 Semi-finalist
Jeremy Lynch 20 Acrobatics Football skills Essex 4 Semi-finalist
Kate And Gin 16/6 Dancing/Animals Musical canine freestyle Norbury, Cheshire 1 Finalist
Kay And Harvey 56/71 Singing Opera Bristol 2 Semi-finalist
Madonna Decena 32 Singing Pop Manchester 5 Semi-finalist
Mandy Ellen Dancers 10–24 Dancing 39-strong troupe Maidstone 2 Semi-finalist
Mary Halford March 6–9 Dancing 24-strong troupe Liverpool 3 Semi-finalist
Michael Machell 57 Music Electric Keyboard Player Wallasey 1 Semi-finalist
Nemesis 18–22 Dancing 6-strong troupe Milton Keynes 5 Finalist
Per Diem 24/23 Music Guitar and voice Liverpool 5 Semi-finalist
Phil Blackmore 34 Juggling Balancing Act Kingston-upon-Thames 1 Semi-finalist
Sauris Nandi 64 Magic Deception & Illusion 2 Semi-finalist
Signature 29/34 Dancing Michael Jackson / Bhangra London 1 2nd Place
Sophie Mei 20 Dancing Belly-dancing Sheffield 1 Semi-finalist
Strike 22/19 Dancing Martial arts demo Sheffield 3 Finalist
Tracy Lee Collins 44 Singing Drag act Leicester 1 Semi-finalist
Urban Gypsies 35–50 Dancing 7-strong belly-dancing troupe Blackpool 3 Semi-finalist
Vizage 34/30 Magic/Singing Quick change artists and singers Hull 4 Semi-finalist

Semi-final summary[edit]

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

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Semi-final 1 (26 May)[edit]

Order Result Artist Act Buzzes and judges' choices
Cowell Holden Morgan
1 Eliminated Boogie Wonderland 16-strong dance group
2 Top 3 (won judges' vote) Kate and Gin Musical canine freestyle
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3 Eliminated Michael Machell Keyboardist Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
4 Top 3 (lost judges' vote) Dean Wilson Musical theatre singer
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5 Eliminated Sophie Mei Belly-dancing
6 Eliminated Tracey Lee Collins Singer Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
7 Eliminated Phil Blackmore1 Balancing/alternative juggling Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
8 1st (won public vote) Signature Michael Jackson/Bhangra dance act
  • ^1 Simon Cowell did buzz Phil Blackmore's act, even though it was after the act finished.

Semi-final 2 (27 May)[edit]

Order Result Artist Act Buzzes and judges' choices
Cowell Holden Morgan
1 Eliminated Mandy Ellen Dancers 39-strong dance group
2 Eliminated Iona Luvsandorj Contortionist
3 Top 3 (won judges' vote) Cheeky Monkeys Junior dance couples
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4 Eliminated Kay and Harvey Opera and electronic keyboard Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
5 Eliminated Bang On! Urban percussionists Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
6 Top 3 (lost judges' vote) Flava Hip-hop dance group
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7 Eliminated Sauris Nandi Deceptional and illusionary magic Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
8 1st (won public vote) Andrew Johnston Boy soprano

Semi-final 3 (28 May)[edit]

Order Result Artist Act Buzzes and judges' choices
Cowell Holden Morgan
1 Eliminated Irresistible Pop group
2 Top 3 (won judges' vote) Strike Martial arts demo
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3 Eliminated Mary Halford March 24-strong dance group Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
4 Eliminated The Deans of Magic 'Erotic' magic Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
5 Top 3 (lost judges' vote) Charlie Green Singer
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6 Eliminated Urban Gypsies 7-strong belly-dancing group Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
7 Eliminated Hoop La La Hula hoop entertainment
8 1st (won public vote) George Sampson Breakdancing

Semi-final 4 (29 May)[edit]

Order Result Artist Act Buzzes and judges' choices
Cowell Holden Morgan
1 Eliminated James Stone Pop singer
2 Eliminated Charlie Wernham Stand-up comedian
3 Eliminated Harlequin Stage School 22-strong dance group
4 Top 3 (won judges' vote) Andrew Muir Pop singer
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5 Eliminated The Boogie Babes 19-strong dance group
6 Eliminated Vizage1 Quick-change
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7 Top 3 (lost judges' vote) Jeremy Lynch Football player
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8 1st (won public vote) Faryl Smith Classical singer
  • ^1 Amanda Holden stated after the act that Simon Cowell pressed her buzzer.

Semi-final 5 (30 May)[edit]

Order Result Artist Act Buzzes and judges' choices
Cowell Holden Morgan
1 Eliminated Caburlesque Cabaret/Burlesque
2 Eliminated Madonna Decena Pop singer
3 Eliminated Anya Sparks Dancer
4 Top 3 (lost judges' vote) Craig Harper Pop/impressionist
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5 Eliminated Diva Las Vegas 7-strong cabaret act
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6 Top 3 (won judges' vote) Nemesis 5-strong troupe
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7 Eliminated Per Diem Guitar and vocals
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8 1st (won public vote) Escala Electric string quartet

Final[edit]

Key   Winner   Runner-up   Third Place
Order[3] Finished Artist Act
1 Finalist Cheeky Monkeys Dance to "We Go Together" from Grease
2 Finalist Andrew Muir Performance of "Imagine"
3 Finalist Kate and Gin Canine freestyle to James Bond Theme
4 Finalist Nemesis Dance to "Pump It" by The Black Eyed Peas
5 Finalist Strike Martial arts routine to "I Like the Way (You Move)"
6 3rd Andrew Johnston Performance of Pie Jesu
7 1st George Sampson Breakdancing (Singin' in the Rain)
8 Finalist Faryl Smith Performance of Ave Maria
9 Finalist Escala Performance of Palladio
10 2nd Signature Billie Jean bhangra

Ratings[edit]

Show Date Official ITV1 rating
(millions)[4]
Weekly rank[4] Share
Auditions 1 12 April 9.44 6 37.0%[5]
Auditions 2 19 April 10.96 1 43.3%[6]
Auditions 3 26 April 9.86 3 41.3%[7]
Auditions 4 3 May 9.12 5 39.1%[8]
Auditions 5 10 May 8.17 6 37.9%[9]
Auditions 6 17 May 9.11 2 37.5%[10]
Auditions 7 24 May 8.27 5 37.2%[11]
Semi-final 1 26 May 11.33 4 42.0%[12]
Semi-final 2 27 May 9.29 9 35.3%[13]
Semi-final 3 28 May 10.03 6 35.9%[14]
Semi-final 4 29 May 10.13 5 41.9%[15]
Semi-final 5 30 May 11.86 2 50.0%[16]
Live final 31 May 11.52 3 51.1%[17]
Live final results 13.88 1 55.1%[17]
Series average 2008 10.21 4 (4.14) 41.8%

The second series of Britain's Got Talent was a huge ratings success, officially averaging 10.2m for the entire series.[18]

The Final Results episode was the third most watched programme of 2008, officially averaging 13.88m. The moment when George Sampson was announced winner, in front of 14.4 million viewers, was the 4th most watched moment of 2008.

This series of Britain's Got Talent had the third highest series average out of any talent show this century.

Controversy[edit]

Andrew Johnston[edit]

In an article on 18 April 2008 by British newspaper the Daily Mail, the mother of young contestant Andrew Johnston admitted that their story had been "over-egged" and the truth in the reality is, they do not live in a stereotypical council estate – like he had claimed during a previous interview for the talent show. He pulled on even more heartstrings when he claimed he was bullied but in fact, the bullying he allegedly sustained was early on in his life, and it was not a recent and regular occurrence. The show's producers were accused of misleading the viewers and enhancing a "sob story".[19]

Michael Machell[edit]

The first live show attracted considerable complaint due to the treatment of keyboardist Michael Machell, whose appearance was greeted with open mockery and hostility by the crowd and judging panel,[20] with claims that the show's producers encouraged the audience to boo and deride the performer from the beginning of his appearance. Michael was visibly upset immediately afterwards, and also later that evening in his appearance in Britain's Got More Talent on ITV2. In his first audition, he was buzzed by Simon who then pressed the buzzers of Amanda and Piers, in the semi-final he buzzed again but did not press any other buzzer.

Andrew Muir[edit]

Having made it to the final, Muir sang Imagine by John Lennon, and was heavily criticised after his performance for a bad choice of song. In both the main show, and the later ITV2 show, Muir stated that the choice of song had been made by producers, and that he had been given no choice but to accept. On both shows, the hosts were seen by viewers to swiftly change the subject or speak to other contestants rather than allow this point to be made further.[21]

Escala[edit]

"Scala" (now Escala) also attracted attention from the press as the four members of the band are professional musicians who played for McFly as part of a large orchestra on their UK tour in 2005. They are signed to an entertainment agency, and were invited to audition for Britain's Got Talent by Simon Cowell after they played at The X Factor wrap party in late 2007. An ITV1 spokesman refused claims this was unfair, stating "Scala went through the same application and audition process as everyone else. Britain's Got Talent is open to any performer be it professional or amateur, with any talent."[22] Two of the four members of Escala were part of a similar five-piece classical group called Wild, who were signed to EMI and released an album with the label in 2005.[23] The quartet were then required to change their name from Scala to Escala. According to a report published in the Daily Mirror. "Scala were forced to change their name because it belongs to a female voice choir in Belgium. The girls changed to Escala after EMI threatened to sue, despite having used it for two years."[24]

Faryl Smith[edit]

The Sunday Mirror and Digital Spy both reported that Simon Cowell arranged for free singing lessons to be delivered by X Factor vocal coach Yvie Burnett to 12-year old vocalist Faryl Smith. Burnett previously coached 2007 Britain's Got Talent winner Paul Potts and 2006 The X Factor winner Leona Lewis.[25][26]

Voting[edit]

Britain's Got Talent bosses were accused of fixing the show by manipulating the viewers’ vote, by the fans. In all five semi-finals of series 2, the semi-finalist performing last won the public vote and made it through to the final. The same thing happened in the first series, with the last performer receiving the top acclaim, including in the final. Readers of the Daily Star say complaints have been flooding in, but bosses have denied all allegations. A spokeswoman for the hit TV show claimed that the pattern noticed by viewers was "nothing more than a coincidence". She also added: "The judges have no say over the running order on the show."[27][28] This pattern also continued in the first three semi-finals of series 3, but was broken by saxophanist Julian Smith, who won the public vote in semi-final 4 as act number six out of eight.

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