Britain's Got Talent (series 7)

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Britain's Got Talent
Series 7
Broadcast from 13 April 2013 (2013-04-13) – 8 June 2013 (2013-06-08)
Judges Simon Cowell
Amanda Holden
Alesha Dixon
David Walliams
Presenter(s) Ant & Dec (ITV)
Co-presenter(s) Stephen Mulhern (ITV2)
Broadcaster ITV
ITV2 (Britain's Got More Talent)
Winner:
Attraction
Origin Hungary
Runner-up
Jack Carroll
Chronology
2013

The seventh series of Britain's Got Talent began airing on ITV on 13 April 2013 and ended on 8 June 2013. Ant & Dec returned to present the main show on ITV, while Stephen Mulhern returned to present spin-off show Britain's Got More Talent on ITV2. The judges were Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams, all of whom were judges for the sixth series.

The auditions took place in January and February 2013. Auditions began in Cardiff for two days (16 and 17 January) and then moved to London for four days (20–23 January). They then took place in Glasgow on 28 January and Manchester for two days (2 and 3 February), before concluding with three days in Birmingham (8–10 February). The live semi-finals began on 27 May and concluded on 1 June. The live final took place on 8 June 2013 and was won by Hungarian shadow theatre troupe Attraction.

Judges and presenters[edit]

After the final of the sixth series of Britain's Got Talent on 12 May 2012, head judge Simon Cowell said that he and the three other judges, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams, would all be returning for series 7, "if they will accept [his] invitation".[1][2] Dixon confirmed her return for the seventh series on 26 July 2012.[3] On 13 October, during an appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show, Walliams announced that he had signed on until 2014, in a deal reportedly worth £800,000.[4] On 13 December, Cowell and Holden were confirmed to be returning to the show as well.[5]

Ant & Dec returned to present the main show on ITV, whilst Stephen Mulhern returned to present spin-off show Britain's Got More Talent on ITV2. It had previously been reported that Mulhern would be leaving the show in order to concentrate on presenting the revived series of Catchphrase on ITV,[6] but he later denied that he had quit and said he would be presenting both shows.[7]

Auditions[edit]

Open auditions[edit]

Open auditions were held at The Oval in London on 25 February 2013.

Judges auditions[edit]

On 4 September 2012, Mulhern revealed that the judges auditions would begin on 7 January 2013,[7] though they were later pushed back to begin on 16 January in order to avoid filming clashes with Catchphrase.[8]

The auditions took place in January and February 2013. Auditions began in Cardiff for two days (16 and 17 January) and then moved to London for four days (20–23 January). They then took place in Glasgow on 28 January and Manchester for two days (2 and 3 February), before concluding with three days in Birmingham (8–10 February).

Cowell missed the first part of the second day of auditions in Manchester due to illness.[9]

Date City Venue
16–17 January 2013 Cardiff Wales Millennium Centre
20–23 January 2013 London London Palladium
28 January 2013 Glasgow Clyde Auditorium
2–3 February 2013 Manchester The Lowry
8–10 February 2013 Birmingham International Convention Centre

Semi-finals[edit]

The live shows began on 27 May 2013, the day after the final audition episode, and aired every evening until 1 June, with the exception of the Wednesday (29 May) due to ITV's coverage of England's friendly with the Republic of Ireland. Each semi-final episode aired from 7:30–9:00pm and the results half-an-hour later at 9.30pm after a 30-minute episode of Coronation Street.

Each results show featured a guest performance. The guests were Ashleigh and Pudsey, Demi Lovato, Olly Murs, Jennifer Lopez and Ellie Goulding.[10] Goulding performed on the first live results show,[11] Lopez performed on the second show,[12] Lovato performed on the third show,[13] Murs performed on the fourth show[14] and Ashleigh and Pudsey performed on the fifth show.[15]

Semi-finalists[edit]

      Winner       Runner-up       Third place       Finalist       Semi-finalist (lost judges' or public vote)       Wildcard (previously eliminated act reinstated into the final)

Name of act Age(s) Genre Act Semi-final Result
Aaron Crow 44 Variety Danger act 1 Eliminated
AJ & Chloe 17 & 18 Dance Dancing duo 4 Eliminated
Alex Keirl 20 Singing Singer 4 Eliminated (lost judges' vote)
Alice Fredenham 28 Singing Singer 2 Eliminated
Aliki 29 Singing Singer 5 Eliminated
Arisxandra 11 Singing Singer 1 Finalist (won judges' vote)
Asanda 11 Singing Singer 4 Finalist (won judges' vote)
Attraction 19–40 Dance Shadow theatre troupe 5 Winner
Band of Voices 27–47 Singing Vocal harmony group 1 Eliminated
Bosom Buddies 29 & 48 Singing Drag singing duo 1 Eliminated
CEO Dancers 22–24 Dance Dance troupe 5 Eliminated
Chasing the Dream 19-50 Singing Musical theatre singers 4 Eliminated
Club Town Freaks 25–38 Singing Singers 4 Eliminated
Francine Lewis 37 Comedy Impressionist 4 Finalist (won public vote)
Freelusion 25–39 Dance Interactive 3D dance troupe 3 Eliminated
Gabz 14 Singing Singer/rapper 2 Finalist (won judges' vote)
Gospel Singers Incognito 17–43 Music Gospel choir 5 Eliminated
Jack and Cormac 13 & 14 Singing Singing duo 2 Eliminated (lost judges' vote)
Jack Carroll 14 Comedy Comedian 2 Runner up
James More 24 Magic Magician 4 Eliminated
Jordan O'Keefe 18 Singing Singer/guitarist 5 Finalist (won judges vote)
Joseph Hall 36 Dance Dancer 3 Eliminated (lost public vote)
J Unity 19 Singing Singing duo 1 Eliminated
Luminites 18–21 Singing Singing group 3 Finalist (won public vote)
Maarty Broekman 26 Singing Singer/keytar player 5 Eliminated
Martin & Marielle 32 & 36 Dance Gymnastic dancing duo 2 Eliminated
Martin Healey 57 Dance Dancer 1 Eliminated
MC Boy 22 Singing Rapper 3 Eliminated
MckNasty 27 Music Drummer/DJ 2 Eliminated
MD Dancers 14–22 Dance Dance troupe 2 Eliminated
Meat Diva 31 & 27 Singing Caberet singers 2 Eliminated
Modupé Obasola 19 Singing Singer 2 Eliminated
Philip Green 21 Comedy Impressionist 1 Eliminated
Poppin' Ron 21 Dance Dancer 4 Eliminated
Pre Skool 5–8 Dance Dance troupe 3 Finalist (won judges' vote)
Richard & Adam 19 & 22 Singing Classical singers 1 Third place
Robbie Kennedy 22 Singing Singer/guitarist 3 Eliminated
Rob's Duelling Pianos 55 Music Pianist 5 Eliminated
Rosie O'Sullivan 19 Singing Singer 3 Eliminated
Shockarellas 12–16 Dance Dance troupe 4 Eliminated
Steve Hewlett 37 Comedy Ventriloquist 5 Wildcard
Stevie Pink 45 Magic Magician 3 Eliminated
The Glambassadors 21–36 Dance Dance troupe 5 Eliminated
Thomas Bounce 16 Variety Juggler 3 Eliminated
Youth Creation 7–14 Dance Dance troupe 1 Eliminated (lost public vote)

Semi-finals summary[edit]

Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Buzzed out
Crystal Clear app clean.svg Judges' vote
  Won the public vote
  Won the judges' vote (or public vote if split decision)
  Lost the judges' vote (or public vote if split decision)

Semi-final 1 (27 May)[edit]

Artist Order Act Buzzes and judges' votes Finished[16] Result
Cowell Holden Dixon Walliams
Martin Healey 1 Dancer 9th – 0.1% Eliminated
Band of Voices 2 Vocal harmony group 6th – 1.9% Eliminated
Youth Creation 3 Dance troupe Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg 3rd – 7.2% Top 3 (Lost judges' vote)1
J-Unity 4 Singers 7th – 1.5% Eliminated
Bosom Buddies 5 Drag singers Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg 8th – 1.0% Eliminated
Philip Green 6 Impressionist 5th – 3.3% Eliminated
Arisxandra 7 Singer Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg 2nd – 13.4% Top 3 (Won judges' vote)1
Aaron Crow 8 Danger act 4th – 5.6% Eliminated
Richard & Adam 9 Singing duo 1st – 66.0% Top 3 (Won public vote)
  • ^1 The judges' vote was a split decision. Arisxandra was announced to have received more public votes and was sent through to the final.

Semi-final 2 (28 May)[edit]

Artist Order Act Buzzes and judges' votes Finished[16] Result
Cowell Holden Dixon Walliams
Martin & Marielle 1 Gymnastic dancers 8th – 0.6% Eliminated
MckNasty 2 Drummer/DJ 5th – 2.7% Eliminated
Jack and Cormac 3 Singing duo 3rd – 15.0% Top 3 (lost judges' vote)
Modupé 4 Singer Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg 9th – 0.5% Eliminated
Meat Diva 5 Cabaret singers 7th – 1.5% Eliminated
MD 6 Dance troupe 6th – 2.3% Eliminated
Alice Fredenham 7 Singer 4th – 12.3% Eliminated
Jack Carroll 8 Comedian 1st – 42.5% Top 3 (won public vote)
Gabz 9 Singer/rapper Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg 2nd – 22.6% Top 3 (won judges' vote)

Semi-final 3 (30 May)[edit]

Artist Order Act Buzzes and judges' votes Finished[16] Result
Cowell Holden Dixon Walliams
Freelusion 1 Interactive 3D dancers Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg 7th – 0.9% Eliminated
Robbie Kennedy 2 Singer 5th – 12.6% Eliminated
Stevie Pink 3 Illusionist Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg2 8th – 0.7% Eliminated
Pre Skool 4 Dance troupe Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg 2nd – 16.9% Top 3 (won judges' vote)4
Thomas Bounce 5 Juggler Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg 9th – 0.6% Eliminated
Rosie O'Sullivan 6 Singer 4th – 15.4% Eliminated
Joseph Hall 7 Dancer Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg 3rd – 16.4% Top 3 (lost judges' vote)4
MC Boy 8 Rapper Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg3 6th – 0.9% Eliminated
Luminites 9 Vocal group 1st – 35.6% Top 3 (won public vote)
  • ^2 Dixon buzzed after Pink's performance had ended.
  • ^3 Holden claimed that Cowell buzzed on her behalf.
  • ^4 The judges' vote was a split decision. Pre Skool were announced to have received more public votes and were sent through to the final.

Semi-final 4 (31 May)[edit]

Artist Order Act Buzzes and judges' votes Finished[16] Result
Cowell Holden Dixon Walliams
Club Town Freaks 1 Vocal group 9th – 1.3% Eliminated
Alex Keirl 2 Singer Crystal Clear app clean.svg 2nd – 21.4% Top 3 (lost judges' vote)
Shockarellas 3 Dance troupe 6th – 3.4% Eliminated
Poppin' Ron 4 Dancer Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg 8th – 2.1% Eliminated
James More 5 Illusionist 4th – 14.3% Eliminated
Chasing the Dream 6 Musical theatre group Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg 7th – 2.2% Eliminated
Francine Lewis 7 Impressionist 1st – 23.1% Top 3 (won public vote)
Asanda 8 Singer Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg 3rd – 19.4% Top 3 (won judges' vote)
AJ & Chloe 9 Dancers 5th – 12.7% Eliminated

Semi-final 5 (1 June)[edit]

Artist Order Act Buzzes and judges' votes Finished[16] Result
Cowell Holden Dixon Walliams
CEO Dancers 1 Dance troupe 7th – 1.2% Eliminated
Aliki 2 Singer 4th – 6.6% Eliminated
The Glambassadors 3 Dance troupe 8th – 1.1% Eliminated
Steve Hewlett7 4 Ventriloquist Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg 3rd – 12.0% Top 3 (lost judges' vote)6
Rob's Duelling Pianos5 5 Keyboard player Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg 9th – 0.4% Eliminated
Maarty Broekman 6 Singer/keytar player Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg 6th – 2.0% Eliminated
Gospel Singers Incognito 7 Gospel choir 5th – 2.5% Eliminated
Jordan O'Keefe 8 Singer/guitarist Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg 2nd – 15.1% Top 3 (won judges' vote)6
Attraction 9 Shadow theatre group 1st – 59.1% Top 3 (won public vote)
  • ^5 On the previous night's episode of Britain's Got More Talent, it was revealed that Rob's Duelling Pianos would now be a solo act due to one of the members leaving.
  • ^6 The judges' vote was a split decision. Jordan O'Keefe was announced to have received more public votes and was sent through to the final.
  • ^7 Steve Hewlett was later sent through to the final as the judges wildcard.

Final (8 June)[edit]

On 28 May, during Britain's Got More Talent it was revealed that a wildcard act would feature in this year's final. The act was chosen from the 35 semi-finalists who were not initially sent through to the final.[19]

On 4 June, it was announced the wildcard would either be ventriloquist Steve Hewlett or dancer Joseph Hall. Upon this announcement, it was also stated that, while a decision had been made between the two, the public would not discover the wildcard act until Saturday's final.[20] It was confirmed on 8 June during the live final that Hewlett had been sent through to the final as the wildcard act.

Artist Order Act Finished[16]
Pre Skool 1 Dancers 9th – 2.8%
Asanda 2 Singer 11th – 1.2%
Gabz 3 Singer/rapper 7th – 3.6%
Steve Hewlett 4 Ventriloquist 4th – 14.7%
Jordan O'Keefe 5 Singer/guitarist 6th – 3.7%
Arisxandra 6 Singer 8th – 2.9%
Francine Lewis 7 Impressionist 10th – 2.0%
Richard & Adam 8 Singers 3rd – 15.4%
Jack Carroll 9 Comedian 2nd – 20.1%
Luminites 10 Vocal group 5th – 6.8%
Attraction 11 Shadow theatre group 1st – 27.0%

Ratings[edit]

Episode Date Official ITV rating[21]
(millions)
Weekly rank[21] Share (%) Official ITV HD rating[22]
(millions)
Total ITV viewers (millions)
Auditions 1 13 April 9.58 1 36.9[23] 1.15 10.73
Auditions 2 20 April 9.72 1 43.9[24] 1.43 11.15
Auditions 3 27 April 9.17 1 43.9[25] 1.31 10.48
Auditions 4 4 May 9.60 1 45.0[26] 1.31 10.91
Auditions 5 11 May 10.24 1 45.2[27] 1.71 11.95
Auditions 6 18 May 9.11 1 38.1[28] 1.25 10.36
Auditions 7 26 May 8.09 3 38.0[29] 1.13 9.22
Semi-final 1 27 May 9.52 1 41.5[30] 1.46 10.98
Semi-final 1 results 7.60 10 31.4[30] 1.14 8.74
Semi-final 2 28 May 8.54 6 36.5[31] 1.21 9.75
Semi-final 2 results 6.94 14 28.5[31] 0.94 7.88
Semi-final 3 30 May 8.17 8 37.5[32] 1.27 9.44
Semi-final 3 results 7.18 13 32.3[32] 1.00 8.18
Semi-final 4 31 May 8.28 7 37.5[33] 1.12 9.40
Semi-final 4 results 7.29 12 32.7[33] 1.03 8.32
Semi-final 5 1 June 8.02 9 41.9[34] 1.20 9.22
Semi-final 5 results 7.46 11 32.8[34] 1.07 8.53
Live final 8 June 10.43 1 48.9[35] 1.80 12.23
Series average 2013 8.62 N/A 38.5 1.30 9.71

Controversies[edit]

MckNasty[edit]

DJ and drummer MckNasty, who successfully auditioned in London on 23 January, is the older brother of singer-songwriter Labrinth, who is signed to Cowell's Syco Music record label. This prompted "fix" claims, and an insider said: "It looked like someone had been pulling strings."[36] However, a spokesman for the show insisted: "To claim that he has been given any advantage is ridiculous and totally untrue. He wowed the audience and went through on his own merits."[37]

Overabundance of singers[edit]

Controversy was caused before the show had even aired. When auditions for the series kicked off in Cardiff on 16 January 2013, some fans who were in the audience complained about a lack of variety, as 14 out of the 15 acts they saw were singers.[38][39]

Many fans also complained about there being six singing acts in the final,[40] particularly about singer Jordan O'Keefe going through instead of ventriloquist Steve Hewlett. Holden defended this, and the number of singers on the show, saying "We left it to the public, they wanted Jordan so that was the right decision. You can't argue with the public's decision."[41]

Inappropriate auditions[edit]

Keri Graham also caused controversy with her audition, which saw her strip to her underwear, perform a provocative dance and gyrate on Cowell. A spokesman said: "In its seventh series, Britain's Got Talent celebrates variety and showcases a wide range of different acts. Mindful of our family audience, the performance was carefully edited to ensure it was suitably inexplicit."[42]

There were complaints about 71-year old Kelly Fox's audition as well. Her audition saw her sing a song called "Kiss My Ass", with extremely explicit lyrics. During the performance, Cowell literally kissed Holden's backside.[43] One member of the National Association of Headteachers claimed that scenes which "no mum or dad with an ounce of morality" would want their child to see were being shown too early. Fox defended the controversial song, telling Mancunian Matters: "It was just one teacher's comment in a general attack on television. My mother-in-law is an ex-headmistress, my daughter is a teacher and neither have any problems with my song. I have also been contacted by the headmaster of a local school asking for signed photographs for his 10-year-old pupils."[44]

Britain's Got More Talent was also criticised for showing the audition of burlesque dancer Scarlet Cuffs, who stripped naked, at 8.50pm, ten minutes prior to the 9pm watershed, before repeating the footage at 5.30pm, 6.30am and 1.25pm. Cuffs' audition featured her stripping to The Jungle Book song "The Bare Necessities". Some of the images of Cuffs were pixelated, while the camera also cut away to show judges' and audience reactions. Tony Close, director of content standards at Ofcom, said: "There is a clear line in terms of what it is acceptable to broadcast before the 9pm watershed. A striptease act broadcast at times when a significant number of children were likely to be watching clearly crossed this line. The protection of children from potentially harmful content is a key area of concern for Ofcom, reflected in our ongoing work on the enforcement of the 9pm watershed."[45]

Francine Lewis[edit]

There were complaints that Francine Lewis should not have been allowed on the show because she had previously starred on The Generation Game with Jim Davidson and other impressionist shows, such as Channel 4's Very Important People, and therefore this was more a "second" than first chance. Cowell said the complaints were ridiculous, adding: "everyone deserves a second shot of fame". Lewis did not hide her previous career, but said that this was her chance to "make it big". Lewis advanced to the final of the show but lost.

Foreign acts[edit]

Some viewers complained that, despite the name of the show, several acts were not actually British or living in Britain, such as Hungarian shadow theatre group Attraction,[citation needed] who won the show; Freelusion, a dance troupe also from Hungary;[citation needed] and two acts from the Netherlands, dance duo Martin & Marielle[46] and singer Maarty Broekman.[citation needed] Cowell, however, has insisted that he is happy to allow foreign acts on the show: "I've always said this, we always welcome everyone from around the world in this competition."[47] He also said "I think it's quite flattering that they fly all that way to enter this show because they see it as the flagship show, but it means our Brits have got to step it up now."[46]

Child contestants[edit]

Strictly Come Dancing presenter Bruce Forsyth questioned the show allowing children to audition. He said, "I don't think that's entertainment. I don't think they should put children on that are too young. If you're going to do that, have a separate show. Have a children's show, British Children Have Talent."[48] Cowell responded to Forsyth, stating that: "someone, Mr Grumpy, said we shouldn't have children your age on the show", after the performance of dance troupe Youth Creation.[49] Jessie J joined the debate, declaring: "I cannot agree with kids having to go through three or four auditions when it's purely for ridicule. I don't understand why it's legal, I think it's wrong".[49]

11-year old schoolgirl Arisxandra auditioned successfully in Salford singing Jennifer Hudson's "One Night Only", after which she received a standing ovation from the judges and the audience.[50] However, upon the broadcast of her audition during the launch episode of the series, many viewers were outraged at that the fact that she was singing a song about a one-night stand.[51] Vivienne Pattison, director of Mediawatch UK, said the show was "sexualising children" and that "We are sleepwalking into a situation where pornography is the norm."[52]

The audition of 11-year old Asanda was also criticised for being "sexualised". She sang "Diamonds" by Rihanna, but viewers complained about it for the same reason as Arisxandra's audition – that the lyrics, such as "I see a vision of ecstasy when you hold me", "I knew that we'd become one right away" and "as we moonshine and molly" (a reference to drinking illicit spirits and taking the powder or crystal form of MDMA) were not appropriate for someone her age, as well as her somewhat provocative dancing. Some also took to Twitter to claim that this proved Rihanna is not a good role model for children. However, Asanda's father Lennox insisted that his daughter is "mature for her age": stating, "I know she is young but, believe me, she's ready... We know there will always be negative as well as positive comments. We don't want her to get hurt so we've prepared her. We will always give her our support."[53]

Jennifer Lopez[edit]

Many viewers said that Jennifer Lopez's "raunchy" performance on the second live results show was inappropriate for family viewing, despite the fact that it was broadcast after the 9:00pm watershed. Lopez arrived on stage wearing a tiny black leotard that barely covered her backside, which she showed to the camera several times. Also, when Ant & Dec asked the judges if there had been any highlights that night, Holden exclaimed: "JLo's arse ... I just wanted to bite it! It was fabulous."[54]

Natalie Holt[edit]

In the final, during the performance of Welsh singers Richard & Adam, a woman—later identified as violinist Natalie Holt[55]—stormed the stage and launched eggs in the direction of Cowell.[56] It was reported that this was because she had failed to reach the next round with her classical band RaVen Quartet during the previous year's series.[57] Ant & Dec stated that Holt's action was not part of Richard & Adam's performance, rather a security breach.[57] Dixon apologised to the group for having their performance interrupted, while Holden was less polite, calling Holt a "stupid cow".[56] Although she eventually apologised [57] Holt, who claims to have received messages of support from famous musicians, later withdrew this and released a statement which criticised Cowell's influence on the music industry and miming on live television shows.[58]

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