Britain's Got Talent (series 11)
|Britain's Got Talent|
|Broadcast from||15 April – 3 June 2017|
|Presenter(s)||Anthony McPartlin (ITV)|
Declan Donnelly (ITV)
|Co-presenter(s)||Stephen Mulhern (ITV2)|
Series Eleven of Britain's Got Talent, a British talent competition series, began broadcasting in the UK during 2017, from 15 April to 3 June; because the One Love Manchester concert was to take place on 4 June, the live final was brought forward a day to avoid clashing with it. Following the closure of Fountain Studios the previous year, the live episodes were broadcast from Elstree Studios. The change in location allowed for a revamp of the studio used by both the main programme and its sister show, Britain's Got More Talent.
For the first time in eleven years, this series featured no judges' vote for each semi final - instead the acts getting the highest and second-highest tally of public votes would move on to the live final; after the series' conclusion, Cowell admitted that he disliked this format change. In addition to the judges not voting for an act, the Public Wildcard format was dropped from the show, while the number of acts making it into the semi-finals was reduced to 40, returning to the original semi-final format used prior to the sixth series.
The eleventh series was won by musician Tokio Myers, with magician Issy Simpson finishing in second place and comedian Daliso Chaponda in third place. During its broadcast, the series averaged around 9.1 million viewers.
- 1 Series overview
- 2 Ratings
- 3 Criticism & controversies
- 4 References
Following open auditions held the previous year between October to December, the Judges' audition took place between January and February 2017, within Blackpool, London, Birmingham and Salford. No incidents occurred this year that would force any of the judges to be absent from these or require someone to stand-in for them. This series saw a reduction in the number of semi-finalists, along with, for the first time in eleven years of the show's history, the axing of the judges vote. Its removal meant that the public vote now decided on which two semi-finalists moved on, with the acts receiving the highest and second-highest tally of votes automatically entered into the live final. The change in format for semi-finals was not announced until 27 May 2017; on 5 June, Cowell admitted he disliked this change, and intended to return to the original format for the next series.
Of the participants that took part, only forty made it into the five live semi-finals - of these acts, singer Sarah Ikumu, dance group MerseyGirls, comedian Daliso Chaponda, comic magician Matt Edwards, and singer Kyle Tomlinson, 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; because the Judges' vote was dropped, this series did not feature a "Public Wildcard", but still maintained the "Judges' Wildcard", which was Sarah Ikumu, after she placed 3rd in the public vote in the third semi-final. The following below lists the results of each participant's overall performance in this series:
- | Winner | Runner-up | Third place Fourth place
- | Finalist | Semi-finalist (placed 3rd in public vote) Semi-finalist (eliminated)
|Angelicus Celtis||12-17||Singing||Operatic Choir||Llanelli, Wales||4||Eliminated|
|Code 3||14-16||Dance||Dance Trio||Dartford||5||Eliminated|
|Daliso Chaponda||37||Comedy||Stand-up comedian||Manchester (originally Malawi)||5||Third place|
|Destiny Chukunyere||14||Singing||Singer||Birkirkara, Malta||2||Eliminated|
|DNA||29 & 43||Magic||Mentalists||London||1||Finalist (Won Public Vote)|
|Empire Dance Crew||15-27||Dance||Street Dance Troupe||London||1||Eliminated|
|Grace & Ali||17 & 16||Dance||Dancing Duo||Hartlepool / Middlesbrough 1||2||Eliminated (Placed 3rd in Public vote)|
|Harry Gardner||16||Singing / Music||Singer/Pianist||Essex||2||Eliminated|
|Jamie Lee Harrison||24||Singing||Singer||Newcastle||5||Eliminated (Placed 3rd in Public Vote)|
|Jay Wynn||36||Singing||Singing Robot||Gloucester||3||Eliminated|
|John Parnell||63||Variety||Hula-Hoop Artist||Nuneaton||4||Eliminated|
|Jonny Awsum||39||Singing / Comedy||Comic Singer||Croydon||4||Eliminated|
|Kyle Tomlinson||15||Singing||Singer||Sheffield||1||Finalist (Placed 2nd in Public Vote)|
|Leah Barniville||14||Singing||Classical Singer||Ireland||2||Eliminated|
|London School of Bollywood||18-27||Dance||Bollywood Dance Troupe||London||3||Eliminated|
|Lords Of Strut||35 & 36||Dance / Comedy||Comic Dance Duo||Cork||5||Eliminated|
|Martin & Faye||47 & 10||Singing||Opera Duo||Warrington||3||Eliminated|
|Matt Edwards||34||Magic / Comedy||Comic Magician||Suffolk||2||Fourth place|
|MerseyGirls 2||14-17||Dance||Dance Group||Wirral||4||Finalist (Placed 2nd in Public Vote)|
|Miss Treat Vibe||19-24||Singing||Girl Group||Sheffield / South London / Swindon / Birmingham 3||1||Eliminated (Placed 3rd in Public Vote)|
|Missing People Choir||32-71||Singing||Choir||London||5||Finalist (Placed 2nd in Public vote)|
|Ned Woodman||8||Comedy||Stand-up Comedian||Maidstone||3||Finalist (Placed 2nd in Public Vote)|
|Niels Harder||26||Magic / Comedy||Comic Magician||Amsterdam, Netherlands||1||Eliminated|
|Paws With Soul||24-29||Dance||Dance Troupe||London||4||Eliminated|
|Perfect Pitch Creation||8-14||Singing||Choir||Derbyshire||5||Eliminated|
|Reuben Gray||16||Singing / Music||Singer/Guitarist||Surrey||4||Eliminated (Placed 3rd in Public vote)|
|Sarah Ikumu||16||Singing||Singer||Milton Keynes||3||Finalist (Won Judges' wildcard)|
|St. Patrick's Junior Choir Drumgreenagh||8-12||Singing||Choir||Rathfriland||1||Eliminated|
|TapTastik||19-62||Dance||Tap Dance Troupe||Brighton||2||Eliminated|
|The Pensionalities 4||84 & 75||Singing||Singing Duo||Doncaster||4||Finalist (Won Public vote)|
|TNG Characters||16-25||Dance||Dance Troupe||West London||5||Eliminated|
|Tyrone & Mina||36 & 35||Danger||Knife Throwing Duo||Argentina / Spain 1||1||Eliminated|
- ^1 Both performers came from one or the other location.
- ^2 MerseyGirls initially auditioned for the show as "Just Us".
- ^3 Each member of the group came from one of these locations.
- ^4 The Pensionalities initially auditioned for the show as "The Pensionaires".
- Buzzed out
- | Won the public vote Placed second in the public vote
- | Eliminated - Placed third in the vote Eliminated
Semi-final 1 (29 May)
|St. Patrick's Junior Choir Drumgreenagh||1||Choir||4th - Eliminated|
|PC Dan||2||Dancer||5th - Eliminated|
|Niels Harder||3||Comic Magician||8th - Eliminated|
|Kyle Tomlinson||4||Singer||2nd (Placed second in Public vote)|
|Empire Dance Crew||5||Street Dance Troupe||7th - Eliminated|
|DNA||6||Mentalists||1st (Won Public Vote)|
|Tyrone & Mina||7||Knife Throwing Duo||6th - Eliminated|
|Miss Treat Vibe||8||Girl Vocal Group||3rd - (Placed third in Public vote)|
Semi-final 2 (30 May)
|Destiny Chukunyere||1||Singer||6th - Eliminated|
|Dizzy Twilight||2||DJ||8th - Eliminated|
|Harry Gardner||3||Singer and Pianist||4th - Eliminated|
|Issy Simpson||4||Magician||1st (Won Public vote)|
|Matt Edwards||5||Comic Magician||2nd (Placed second in Public vote)|
|Leah Barniville||6||Classical Singer||5th - Eliminated|
|Grace & Ali||7||Dancing Duo||3rd (Placed third in Public vote)|
|TapTastik||8||Tap Dance Troupe||7th - Eliminated|
Semi-final 3 (31 May)
- Guest performer: The cast of Bat Out of Hell: The Musical ("I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)"/"Dead Ringer for Love") 
|Josephine Lee||1||Illusionist||4th - Eliminated|
|London School of Bollywood||2||Bollywood Dance Troupe||6th - Eliminated|
|Martin & Faye||3||Opera Duo||5th - Eliminated|
|Ned Woodman||4||Stand-up Comedian||2nd (Placed second in Public vote)|
|Jay Wynn||5||Singing Robot||8th - Eliminated|
|Sarah Ikumu||6||Singer||3rd (Placed third in Public vote)|
|David Geaney||7||Dancer||7th - Eliminated|
|Tokio Myers||8||Pianist||1st (Won Public vote)|
- ^4 Sarah Ikumu was later sent through to the final as the judges wildcard.
Semi-final 4 (1 June)
|Paws With Soul||1||Dance Troupe||7th - Eliminated|
|Angelicus Celtis||2||Operatic Choir||5th - Eliminated|
|John Parnell||3||Hula-Hoop Artist||6||8th - Eliminated|
|Reuben Gray||4||Singer And Guitarist||3rd (Placed third in Public vote)|
|Ryan Tracey||5||Balloonist||6th - Eliminated|
|The Pensionalities||6||Singing Duo||1st (Won Public vote)|
|Jonny Awsum||7||Comic Singer||4th - Eliminated|
|MerseyGirls7||8||Dance Group||2nd (Placed second in Public vote)|
- ^6 Cowell removed his buzzer after Parnell's performance.
- ^7 MerseyGirls were know as Just Us' during there audition.
Semi-final 5 (2 June)
|Jess Robinson||1||Impressionist||5th - Eliminated|
|Perfect Pitch Creation||2||Choir||7th - Eliminated|
|Code 3||3||Dance Trio||8th - Eliminated|
|Daliso Chaponda||4||Stand-up Comedian||1st (Won Public vote)|
|Missing People Choir||5||Choir||2nd (Placed second in Public vote)|
|TNG Characters||6||Dance Troupe||6th - Eliminated|
|Jamie Lee Harrison||7||Singer||3rd (Placed third in Public vote)|
|Lords of Strut||8||Comic Dance Duo||4th - Eliminated|
Final (3 June)
- | Winner | Runner-up | 3rd place | 4th place
|The Pensionalities||1||Singing Duo||5th|
|Ned Woodman||4||Stand-up Comedian||10th|
|Matt Edwards||6||Comic Magician||4th|
|Missing People Choir||7||Choir||8th|
|Daliso Chaponda||9||Stand-up Comedian||3rd|
|Episode||Air date||Total viewers (millions)||ITV Weekly rank|
|Auditions 1||15 April||11.35||1|
|Auditions 2||22 April||11.62||2|
|Auditions 3||29 April||10.79||1|
|Auditions 4||6 May||11.69||1|
|Auditions 5||13 May||10.97||1|
|Auditions 6||20 May||11.39||1|
|Auditions 7||27 May||10.69||1|
|Semi-final 1||29 May||9.75||2|
|Semi-final 1 results||7.19||12|
|Semi-final 2||30 May||7.90||10|
|Semi-final 2 results||6.44||16|
|Semi-final 3||31 May||8.24||8|
|Semi-final 3 results||6.78||14|
|Semi-final 4||1 June||7.54||11|
|Semi-final 4 results||7.09||13|
|Semi-final 5||2 June||8.10||9|
|Semi-final 5 results||6.51||15|
Criticism & controversies
Following the broadcast of the second audition episode, production staff had been double-checking the background of Chinese acrobatics duo Gao Lin and Liu Xin, both of whom had auditioned for the show, when it was found that due to an administrative mistake, the terms and conditions for the show had not been updated on the programme's website with changes that had been made in 2015. Part of these changes included an amendment which required any foreign participant taking part on Britain's Got Talent to have the proper visas that gave them "the right to live and work in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man or Republic of Ireland". A check of the pair found that they only had visitation rights to the UK on their visas, which would have forbidden them further entry into the competition had the mistake not occurred. Although the pair got no further than the auditions, a spokesperson later stated that while their visas did not deny them entry into the competition, they would have had to change them if they won the series and sought to claim the prize money afterwards.
Following the first semi-final, several viewers took to social media to criticise St. Patrick's Junior Choir of cheating, claiming that they were miming in their performance. These accusations were made, when the choir's performance was immediately stopped by the show's hosts because of technical difficulties, whereupon a piece of recording of them singing played for a short while in the background as they prepared to restart their song. However, the show refuted the claims of miming, explaining that while fixing the technical error, which was caused by the wrong track being provided for the choir to perform to, a recording from their rehearsal had been accidentally played while they were trying to rectify this.
Holden's dress complaint
Following the fourth semi-final, several viewers took to social media to criticise Amanda Holden over her choice of outfit she wore during the live episode. The accusations were against a dress, designed by Julien Macdonald, that featured a plunging neckline that revealed a large part of her chest, which viewers felt was inappropriate to be shown on TV before the 9pm watershed. Although Ofcom received over six hundred complaints in regards to this matter, the regulator chose not to investigate the matter further.
During its broadcast, a number of viewers made minor criticisms against the show in a couple of areas:
- Following the audition of child comedian Ned Woodman, several viewers criticised the performance for being "disrespectful" and for having a misogynist nature, after a joke he made in which he compared Amanda Holden to "a dog".
- Following an episode of Britain's Got More Talent, in which for a segment Stephen Mulhern quizzed the judges on the most Googled questions about them, several viewers took to social media to accuse the show of lying, when Mulhern stated that the most common Google question for David Walliams was - "is David Walliams dating Simon Cowell". Their accusation stated that this was untrue, with several providing screenshots that showed the actual top question to be - "is David Walliams dead?".
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