Britain's Got Talent (series 12)

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Britain's Got Talent
Series 12
Broadcast from14 April –
3 June 2018
JudgesSimon Cowell
Amanda Holden
Alesha Dixon
David Walliams
Presenter(s)Anthony McPartlin (ITV; Auditions only)
Declan Donnelly (ITV)
Co-presenter(s)Stephen Mulhern (ITV2)
BroadcasterITV
ITV2 (BGMT)
Winner
Lost Voice Guy
OriginNewcastle upon Tyne
Genre(s)Stand-up Comedian
Runner-up
Robert White
Chronology

Series Twelve of Britain's Got Talent, a British talent competition series, began broadcasting in the UK during 2018, from 14 April to 3 June on ITV.[1] For this series, the live episodes were broadcast from Hammersmith Apollo, and presented by Declan Donnelly only; while Anthony McPartlin suspended his TV commitments on 19 March 2018, he still appeared in the audition episodes as these had already been filmed in January and February earlier that year.[2] Compared to previous years, this series featured a higher number of participants for the judges to select semi-finalists from, not counting those who received the Golden Buzzer, and saw the return of the Judges' Vote to the show's format.

The twelfth series was won by stand-up comedian Lost Voice Guy, with comedy singer/pianist Robert White finishing in second place and reggae singer Donchez Dacres in third place. During its broadcast, the series averaged 8.34 million viewers.

Series overview[edit]

Open auditions were held the previous year between October to December, before the Judges' auditions took place between January and February 2018, within the cities of Blackpool, London and Manchester.[3] This series is notable for the absence of Anthony McPartlin in the live episodes, after he stepped down from his TV commitments in the aftermath of a traffic accident on 18 March 2018 that he was involved in. While McPartlin still appeared during audition episodes on both Britain's Got Talent and Britain's Got More Talent, as these had already been filmed prior to the start of the series' broadcast, his colleague Declan Donnelly chose to present the live episodes without him, in the wake of his colleague's decision.[2] Outside of filming, Stephen Mulhern, host of Britain's Got More Talent, was forced to miss four days of auditions due to illness, though this did not impact the sister show too greatly.[4]

This series saw a far higher number of participants making it through the first stage of auditions, than had been recorded in previous years - in addition to those receiving the Golden Buzzer, around 182 acts successfully reached the second stage.[5] Following the eleventh series, the judges' vote was brought back for the semi-finals,[5][6] after Cowell admitted in June 2017 that he disliked its removal from the show's format.[7] Disruptions caused by bad weather resulted in the first live semi-final being taken off the air for a brief time, following the first performance, while a stage invader attempted to disrupt proceedings during the broadcast of the second live semi-final.[8]

Of the participants that took part, only forty made it into the five live semi-finals - of these acts, reggae singer Donchez Dacres, opera singer Gruffydd Wyn Roberts, singer-guitarists duo Jack & Tim, singer Lifford Shillingford, and magician Marc Spelmann,[9] each received a golden buzzer during their auditions - with eight appearing in each one, and eleven of these acts making it into the live final; the wildcard act chosen by the judges was B Positive Choir, after they lost out in the tied Judges' vote in the second semi-final.[10] The following below lists the results of each participant's overall performance in this series:

  Winner |   Runner-up |   Third place
  Finalist |   Semi-finalist (lost judges' vote) |   Semi-finalist (eliminated)
Playing card club A.svg Judges' wildcard (previously eliminated act reinstated into the final by the judges)
Yellow ffff00 pog.svg Golden buzzer
Participant [11] Age(s) Genre Act From Semi-final Result
Acrocadabra 1 9–17 Acrobatics Acrobatics Group Birmingham 3 Eliminated
Aleksandar Mileusnić 23 Singing Singer Stevenage 3 Eliminated
Amy Marie Borg 16 Singing Opera Singer Malta 4 Eliminated
Andrew Lancaster 32 Comedy Impressionist Lancashire 2 Eliminated
B Positive Choir Playing card club A.svg 22–62 Singing Choir Various 2 2 Finalist (Won Judges' Wildcard)
Baba Yega 21 - 33 Dance Dance Group Belgium 4 Eliminated
Bring It North 3 10–11 Singing Boyband Buckingham 5 Eliminated
Cali Swing 9–14 Dance Salsa Dance Group London 1 Eliminated
Calum Courtney 10 Singing Singer Essex 2 Finalist (Won Judges' Vote)
DeMille & Muoneké 4 22 & 51 Singing Jazz Singing Duo Weston-super-Mare 5 Eliminated
DMU Gospel Choir 16–55 Singing Gospel Choir Leicester 3 Eliminated
Donchez Dacres Yellow ffff00 pog.svg 60 Singing Reggae Singer Wolverhampton 2 Third Place
DVJ 10–18 Dance Street Dance Group Various 2 4 Finalist (Won Public Vote)
Ellie & Jeki 29–34 Magic Quick-Change Duo South Korea 1 Eliminated
Father Ray Kelly 64 Singing Singer Oldcastle 5 Eliminated
Futunity 8–24 Dance Dance Group Uxbridge 2 Eliminated
Giang Brothers 29–33 Acrobatics Hand Balancing Duo Vietnam 5 Finalist (Won Judges' Vote)
Gruffydd Wyn Roberts Yellow ffff00 pog.svg 22 Singing Opera Singer Anglesey 3 Finalist (Won Judges' Vote)
Jack & Tim Yellow ffff00 pog.svg 12 & 43 Singing / Music Singers/Guitarists Duo Norwich 4 Finalist (Won Judges' Vote)
Lexie & Christopher 10 Dance Latin Dance Duo Manchester/Sheffield 5 Eliminated
Lifford Shillingford Yellow ffff00 pog.svg 42 Singing Singer South London 1 Eliminated
Lost Voice Guy 37 Comedy Stand-up Comedian Newcastle upon Tyne 1 Winner
Maddox Dixon 31 Magic Close-up Magician Buckingham 1 Eliminated (Lost Judges' Vote)
Magus Utopia 24–40 Magic Illusionists Netherlands 2 Eliminated
Mandy Muden 55 Magic / Comedy Comic Magician London 5 Eliminated (Lost Judges' Vote)
Marc Spelmann Yellow ffff00 pog.svg 46 Magic Magician North London 3 Eliminated (Lost Judges' Vote)
Marty Putz 55 Comedy Comedian Canada 4 Eliminated
Matt Johnson 43 Danger Escape Artist Rotherham 1 Eliminated
Micky P Kerr 36 Singing / Music / Comedy Comedy Singer/Guitarist Leeds 5 Finalist (Won Public Vote)
Mr Uekusa 30 Variety Variety Performer Japan 3 Eliminated
Nick Page 47 Comedy Stand-up Comedian Gloucestershire 2 Eliminated
Noel James 52 Comedy Comedian Wales 4 Eliminated (Lost Judges' Vote)
Olena Uutai 31 Music Jaw Harpist Russia 4 Eliminated
Rise Unbroken 5 10–24 Dance Dance Group Sheffield 3 Eliminated
Robert White 41 Singing / Music / Comedy Comedy Singer/Pianist West Sussex 3 Runner-Up
Ronan Busfield 33 Singing Musical Theatre Singer Bedfordshire 2 Eliminated
Sarah Llewellyn 32 Singing / Variety Opera Singer/Contortionist United States 5 Eliminated
Sascha Williams 29 Danger Balancing Acrobat Australia 4 Eliminated
Shameer Rayes 19 Dance Dancer Manchester 1 Eliminated
The D-Day Darlings 27–39 Singing Vocal Group Warwickshire 1 Finalist (Won Judges' Vote)
  • ^1 Acrocadabra initially auditioned for the show as "Spotlight Stage School".
  • ^2 Location of specific/groups of members were not disclosed during auditions.
  • ^3 Bring It North initially auditioned for the show as "Made Up North".
  • ^4 DeMille & Muoneké initially auditioned for the show as "The Ratpackers". [12]
  • ^5 Rise Unbroken initially auditioned for the show as "RISE".

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; won by public vote in the event of a tie
  Lost the judges' vote; lost by public vote in the event of a tie |   Eliminated

Semi-final 1 (28 May)[edit]

Semi-Finalist Order Act Buzzes and judges' votes Finished [14]
Cowell Holden Dixon Walliams
Cali Swing 1 Salsa Dance Group 7th - Eliminated
Lifford Shillingford 2 Singer 6th - Eliminated
Shameer Rayes 3 Dancer 4th - Eliminated
Maddox Dixon 4 Close-up Magician Crystal Clear app clean.svg 3rd (Lost Judges' Vote)
Ellie & Jeki 5 Quick-Change Duo Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg 8th - Eliminated
Lost Voice Guy 6 Stand-up Comedian 1st (Won Public Vote)
Matt Johnson 6 7 Escape Artist 5th - Eliminated
The D-Day Darlings 8 Vocal Group Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg 2nd (Won Judges' Vote)
  • ^6 For health and safety reasons, Johnson's semi-final act required paramedics to be on standby in case complications arose if he surpassed his safety time-limit.[15]

Semi-final 2 (29 May)[edit]

Semi-Finalist Order Act Buzzes and judges' votes Finished [14]
Cowell Holden Dixon Walliams
B Positive Choir 7 1 Choir Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg 3rd (Judges' Vote tied – Lost on Public Vote)
Futunity 2 Dance Group 4th - Eliminated
Calum Courtney 3 Singer Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg 2nd (Judges' Vote tied – Won on Public Vote)
Andrew Lancaster 4 Impressionist 7th - Eliminated
Nick Page 5 Stand-up Comedian Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg 8th - Eliminated
Ronan Busfield 6 Musical Theatre Singer 6th - Eliminated
Magus Utopia 7 Illusionists 5th - Eliminated
Donchez Dacres 8 Reggae Singer 1st (Won Public Vote)
  • ^7 B Positive Choir were later sent through to the final as the judges' wildcard.

Semi-final 3 (30 May)[edit]

Semi-Finalist Order Act Buzzes and judges' votes Finished [14]
Cowell Holden Dixon Walliams
Acrocadabra 1 Acrobatic Group 6th - Eliminated
DMU Gospel Choir 2 Gospel Choir 7th - Eliminated
Marc Spelmann 3 Magician Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg 3rd (Judges' Vote tied – Lost on Public Vote)
Mr Uekusa 4 Variety Performer Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg 8th - Eliminated
Aleksandar Mileusnić 5 Singer 4th - Eliminated
Robert White 6 Comedy Singer/Pianist 1st (Won Public Vote)
Rise Unbroken 7 Dance Group 5th - Eliminated
Gruffydd Wyn Roberts 8 Opera Singer Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg 2nd (Judges' Vote tied – Won on Public Vote)

Semi-final 4 (31 May)[edit]

Semi-Finalist Order Act Buzzes and judges' votes Finished [14]
Cowell Holden Dixon Walliams
Olena Uutai 1 Jaw Harpist 8th - Eliminated
Amy Marie Borg 2 Opera Singer 5th - Eliminated
Noel James 3 Comedian Crystal Clear app clean.svg 3rd (Lost Judges' Vote)
Baba Yega 4 Dance Group 6th - Eliminated
Jack & Tim 5 Singers/Guitarists Duo Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg 2nd (Won Judges' Vote)
Sascha Williams 8 6 Balancing Acrobat 4th - Eliminated
Marty Putz 7 Comedian Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg 7th - Eliminated
DVJ 8 Street Dance Group 1st (Won Public Vote)

^8 For health and safety reasons, stage-hands were required to have fire extinguishers on hand due to Williams' semi-final act involving the use of fire.

Semi-final 5 (1 June)[edit]

Semi-Finalist Order Act Buzzes and judges' votes Finished [14]
Cowell Holden Dixon Walliams
DeMille & Muoneké 1 Jazz Singing Duo 6th - Eliminated
Lexie & Christopher 2 Latin Dance Duo 7th - Eliminated
Micky P Kerr 3 Comedy Singer/Guitarist 1st (Won Public Vote)
Sarah Llewellyn 4 Opera Singer/Contortionist 8th - Eliminated
Bring It North 5 Boyband 5th - Eliminated
Mandy Muden 6 Comic Magician Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg 3rd (Judges' Vote tied – Lost on Public Vote)
Father Ray Kelly 7 Singer 4th - Eliminated
Giang Brothers 8 Hand Balancing Duo Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg 2nd (Judges' Vote tied – Won on Public Vote)

Final (3 June)[edit]

  Winner |   Runner-up |   3rd place
Finalist Order Act Finished [14]
Calum Courtney 1 Singer 9th
The D-Day Darlings 2 Vocal Group 7th
Jack & Tim 3 Singers/Guitarists Duo 8th
Robert White 4 Comedy Singer/Pianist 2nd
B Positive Choir 5 Choir 11th
Lost Voice Guy 6 Stand-up Comedian 1st
Giang Brothers 7 Hand Balancing Duo 5th
Gruffydd Wyn Roberts 8 Opera Singer 4th
DVJ 9 Street Dance Group 6th
Micky P Kerr 10 Comedy Singer/Guitarist 10th
Donchez Dacres 11 Reggae Singer 3rd

Ratings[edit]

Episode Air date [16] Total viewers (millions)[17] ITV Weekly rank[17]
Auditions 1 14 April 10.98 1
Auditions 2 21 April 10.50 1
Auditions 3 28 April 11.48 1
Auditions 4 5 May 9.61 1
Auditions 5 12 May 9.55 1
Auditions 6 19 May 9.04 1
Auditions 7 26 May 7.83 4
Semi-final 1 28 May 7.22 12
Semi-final 1 results 6.72 14
Semi-final 2 29 May 7.78 9
Semi-final 2 results 6.12 19
Semi-final 3 30 May 8.12 8
Semi-final 3 results 6.80 13
Semi-final 4 31 May 7.56 11
Semi-final 4 results 6.40 18
Semi-final 5 1 June 7.58 10
Semi-final 5 results 6.63 15
Final 3 June 10.15 1

Criticism & controversies[edit]

Unfair Golden Buzzer[edit]

Following Alesha Dixon's use of her golden buzzer for Lifford Shillingford, some viewers complained on social media that she had a close connection to the singer, and that her decision to use the buzzer on him had been unfair. Amongst complaints, one viewer described the decision as a "fix", while others claimed she had used the buzzer to assist an "old mate". In response, both Dixon and Shillingford denied the allegations, saying that the comments made by the judge during Shillingford's audition had been taken out of context by viewers. As part of their response, they clarified that they were not close friends, but knew each other mutually through their musical work.[18][19]

Unsuitable guest performance[edit]

Following the live final, several viewers went to social media to criticise the show for the guest performance by cast members from musical Magic Mike. Complaints made by viewers, including former Britiain's Got Talent judge Piers Morgan, ranged from the performers' routines being inappropriate for a family-based show, to the overall tone of the performance itself, and the "feminist double standard" it featured. In response, the broadcaster refuted the criticism, stating that the live final's content was suitable for young viewers and had met "compliance guidelines".[20]

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