Britain's Got Talent (series 3)

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Britain's Got Talent
Series 3
Broadcast from 11 April – 30 May 2009
Judges Simon Cowell
Amanda Holden
Piers Morgan
Kelly Brook (guest)
Presenter(s) Anthony McPartlin (ITV)
Declan Donnelly (ITV)
Co-presenter(s) Stephen Mulhern (ITV2)
Broadcaster ITV
ITV2 (BGMT)
Winner
Diversity
Diversity 2009.jpg
Origin Dagenham, England
Runner-up
Susan Boyle
Chronology

Series Three of Britain's Got Talent, a British talent competition series, began broadcasting in the UK during 2009, from 11 April to 30 May on ITV. Although the producers initially intended to expand the judging panel by adding in Kelly Brook as a fourth judge,[1][2] they later dropped the change to the format after using it for six days within the auditions stage of the competition; Brooks was labelled as a "guest judge" when the series was broadcast, as a direct result.[3][4] Apart from this, no other changes were made.

The third series was won by street dance troupe Diversity, with singer Susan Boyle finishing second and saxophonist Julian Smith finishing third. During its broadcast, the series averaged around 13.3 million viewers; the figures were partly helped by the notable performances of Boyle during her time in on the show.[5]

Series overview[edit]

Brook was initially intended as a fourth judge, but the producers later made her a guest judge for the Manchester auditions only.

Following open auditions held the previous year, the Judges' auditions took place across January and February 2009, within Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham, London and Cardiff. When the auditions were being overseen, the producers decided to expand the judging panel by adding a fourth judge to proceedings, and thus they recruited Kelly Brook as their choice for this role.[1] The alteration to the panel was made prior to the Manchester auditions, but within six days after it was introduced, the producers deemed it an over-complication to the show's format and dropped it. As a result, Brook, while receiving her fee for her involvement in the third series, was labelled as a guest judge when it began broadcasting.[3] This series is notable for launching the career of Susan Boyle, whose performances, including her rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream" from the musical Les Misérables during her auditions, made her internationally famous; her audition in particular was later posted to YouTube, whereupon it earned around 100 million views within five days.[6][7][8][9][10][11]

Of the participants that took part, only forty made it past this stage and into the five live semi-finals,[12] with eight appearing in each one, and ten of these acts making it into the live final. 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)
Participant Age(s)1 Genre Act From Semi-Final Result
2 Grand 12 and 76 Singing Grandfather and granddaughter singing duo Doncaster, England 4 Finalist (Won Judges' vote)
Aidan Davis 12 Dancing Street dancer Birmingham, England 5 Finalist (Won Public vote)
The Barrow Boys 18–27 Dancing Wheelbarrow dancers Devon, England 3 Eliminated
Ben and Becky 18,16 Dancing Ballroom dancers Essex, England 3 Eliminated
Brit Chix 23–26 Music Rock band Boston, England 4 Eliminated
Callum Francis 12 Music Musical theatre performer Hertfordshire, England 4 Eliminated (Lost Judges' vote)
Darth Jackson 37 Dancing Darth Vader and Michael Jackson impersonator Birmingham, England 1 Eliminated
DCD Seniors 14–21 Dancing Dance troupe Cardiff, Wales 5 Eliminated
Diversity 13–25 Dancing Street dancers Dagenham, England 1 Winner
DJ Talent 30 Singing Rapper London 2 Eliminated
The Dreambears 29–34 Comedy / Dancing Comedy dancers London 5 Eliminated
Fabia Cerra 35 Dancing Burlesque dancer Oxford, England 4 Eliminated
Faces of Disco 24,30 Comedy / Dancing Comedy dancers London 1 Eliminated
Flawless 20–31 Dancing Street dancers London 2 Finalist (Won Public vote)
Floral High Notes 43,46 Singing / Variety Opera singing and flower arranging Stockport, England 3 Eliminated
Fred Bowers 73 Dancing Break dancing pensioner Loughborough, England 4 Eliminated
Gareth Oliver 28 Comedy Ventriloquism Calderdale, England 2 Eliminated (Lost Judges' vote)
Good Evans 6–42 Singing Singing family Coventry, England 5 Eliminated
Greg Pritchard 24 Singing Countertenor/Male Soprano Usk, Wales 5 Eliminated (Lost Judges' vote)
Harmony 14,16 Music / Singing Musical theatre performers Essex, England 3 Eliminated
Hollie Steel 10 Singing Singer Accrington, England 5 Finalist (Won Judges' vote)
Hot Honeyz 16–25 Dancing Dancers Maidstone, England 2 Eliminated
Jackie Prescott and Tippy Toes 40,2 Dancing / Animals Dog dancing Oxford, England 4 Eliminated
Jamie Pugh 38 Singing Singer Cardiff, Wales 2 Eliminated
Julia Naidenko 24 Dancing Belly dancer London (originally Latvia) 1 Eliminated
Julian Smith 40 Music Saxophonist Halesowen, England 4 Third place
Kay Oresanya 31 Singing / Variety Human "saxophonist" Glasgow, Scotland (originally Nigeria) 3 Eliminated
Luke Clements 36 Variety Fruit Juggler Cornwall, England 5 Eliminated
Martin "Gos" Matcham 35 Music Guitar player Dover, England 5 Eliminated
MD Showgroup 9–17 Dancing Street dancers Liverpool, England 3 Eliminated (Lost Judges' vote)
Merlin Cadogan 35 Danger Escapologist, Juggler, Breath Holder Devon, England 2 Eliminated
Natalie Okri 10 Singing Singer London 1 Eliminated (Lost Judges' vote)
Nick Hell 26 Danger Freak show/stunt performer Sunderland, England 1 Eliminated
Peter Coghlan 48 Variety Drag act Stafford, England 2 Eliminated
Shaheen Jafargholi 12 Singing Singer Swansea, Wales 3 Finalist (Won Judges' vote)
Shaun Smith 17 Singing Singer Lichfield, England 2 Finalist (Won Judges' vote)
Stavros Flatley 13,40 Comedy / Dancing Comedy Dancers London (originally Cyprus) 3 Finalist (Won Public vote)
Sue Son 24 Music Electric Violinist London 1 Eliminated
Susan Boyle 48 Singing Singer Blackburn, Scotland 1 Runner-up
Sugarfree 16–23 Dancing Street dancers Gravesend, England 4 Eliminated
  • ^1 Ages denoted here are for their last performance in the series.

Semi-final 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
  Lost the judges' vote |   Eliminated

Semi-final 1 (24 May)[edit]

Semi-Finalist Order Act Buzzes and judges' votes Result [13]
Cowell Holden Morgan
Diversity 1 Street Dance Group Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg 2nd (Won Judges' vote)
Sue Son 2 Electric Violinist Eliminated
Darth Jackson 3 Darth Vader/Michael Jackson Impersonator Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Natalie Okri 4 Singer Crystal Clear app clean.svg 3rd (Lost Judges' vote)
Julia Naidenko 5 Belly Dancer Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Nick Hell 6 Stunt Performer Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Faces of Disco 7 Comedy Dancers Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Susan Boyle 8 Singer 1st (Won Public vote)

Semi-final 2 (25 May)[edit]

Semi-Finalist Order Act Buzzes and judges' votes Result [13]
Cowell Holden Morgan
DJ Talent 1 Rapper Eliminated
Merlin Cadogan 2 Escapologist Eliminated
Hot Honeyz 3 Dancers Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Jamie Pugh 4 Singer Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Peter Coghlan 5 Drag Act Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Gareth Oliver 6 Ventriloquist Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg 3rd (Lost Judges' vote)
Shaun Smith 7 Singer Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg 2nd (Won Judges' vote)
Flawless 8 Street Dance Troupe 1st (Won Public vote)

Semi-final 3 (26 May)[edit]

Semi-Finalist Order Act Buzzes and judges' votes Result [13]
Cowell Holden Morgan
Harmony 1 Musical Theatre Performers Eliminated
Kay Oresanya 2 Human Saxophonist Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Ben and Becky 3 Ballroom Dancers Eliminated
Shaheen Jafargholi 4 Singer Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg 2nd (Won Judges' vote)
The Barrow Boys 5 Wheelbarrow Dancers Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
MD Showgroup 6 Dancers Crystal Clear app clean.svg 3rd (Lost Judges' vote)
Floral High Notes 7 Opera Singers Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Stavros Flatley 8 Comedy Dancers 1st (Won Public vote)

Semi-final 4 (28 May)[edit]

Semi-Finalist Order Act Buzzes and judges' votes Result [13]
Cowell Holden Morgan
Sugar Free 1 Dancers Eliminated
Jackie Prescott and Tippy Toes 2 Dancing Dog Act Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Callum Francis 3 Musical Theatre Performer Crystal Clear app clean.svg 3rd (Lost Judges' vote)
Fred Bowers 4 Breakdancer Eliminated
Brit Chix 5 Rock Band Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Julian Smith 6 Saxophonist 1st (Won Public vote)
2 Grand 7 Singers Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg 2nd (Won Judges' vote)
Fabia Cerra 8 Burlesque Dancer Eliminated

Semi-final 5 (29 May)[edit]

Semi-Finalist Order Act Buzzes and judges' votes Result [13]
Cowell Holden Morgan
The Dreambears 1 Comedy Dancers Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Good Evans 2 Singers Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Luke Clements 3 Extreme Juggler Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Hollie Steel 4 Soprano Singer Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg 2nd (Won Judges' vote)
Martin Matcham 5 Singer and Guitarist Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Eliminated
Aidan Davis 6 Dancer 1st (Won public vote)
DCD Seniors 7 Dancers Eliminated
Greg Pritchard 8 Countertenor Singer Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg 3rd (Lost Judges' vote)

Final (30 May)[edit]

  Winner |   Runner-up |   3rd place
Finalist Order Act Finished [13]
Flawless 1 Dance Troupe 8th
Shaheen Jafargholi 2 Singer 7th
Aidan Davis 3 Street dancer 5th
2 Grand 4 Singers 10th
Hollie Steel 5 Singer 6th
Stavros Flatley 6 Comedy Dancers 4th
Shaun Smith 7 Singer 9th
Susan Boyle 8 Singer 2nd
Diversity 9 Dance Group 1st
Julian Smith 10 Saxophonist 3rd

Ratings[edit]

Episode Date Official ratings
(millions)[14]
Weekly rank[14] Share
Auditions 1 11 April 11.21 1 45.1%[15]
Auditions 2 18 April 12.95 1 50.6%[16]
Auditions 3 25 April 13.21 1 52.3%[17]
Auditions 4 2 May 11.30 1 47.2%[18]
Auditions 5 9 May 11.98 1 48.4%[19]
Auditions 6 16 May 11.09 1 41.0%[20]
Auditions 7 23 May 12.62 2 51.1%[21]
Semi-final 1 24 May 12.93 1 49.2%[22]
Semi-final 2 25 May 14.66 3 51.6%[23]
Semi-final 3 26 May 13.56 5 49.9%[24]
Semi-final 4 28 May 13.11 6 51.2%[25]
Semi-final 5 29 May 13.84 4 57.3%[26]
Live final 30 May 16.36 2 71%[27]
Live final results 18.29 1 67.6%[27]

Criticism & incidents[edit]

Unsuitable content complaint[edit]

Following the broadcast of the first audition episode on 11 April 2009, several complaints were made to Ofcom over the programme's decision to air footage of the audition made by burlesque dancer Fabia Cerra. The act was criticised by viewers for being unsuitable for a family audience, primarily because it involved Cerra stripping down to a basque and nipple tassels. In its defence, ITV stated that it had done its utmost to edit the footage, including censoring much of the content and utilising reaction shots of the judges and the audience attending her audition, however the regulator stated that it would be launching an investigation into the matter on the grounds of cross-checking it with their broadcasting codes on content that is suitable for children to watch.[28]

Susan Boyle's well-being[edit]

Prior to the live final's broadcast, several media outlets began publishing similar stories about the series' favourite, Susan Boyle, claiming that she faced being axed over the show due to concerns on her mental well-being. The show's producers refuted such claims when they learnt of these, pointing out that the well-being of any participants was a top priority amongst the production team, while Piers Morgan made a statement revealing that she had been close to leaving the show, but stated that this was due to Boyle becoming increasingly "distraught" over the negative press headlines she had reading about.[29]

Having been "emotionally drained" from her efforts to give her best in her performances after the third series ended, Boyle was later admitted to The Priory psychiatric clinic in London to recover, but this raised concerns over what would be published in the media about her health, especially with her well-being gaining considerable attention amongst fans and the public, including then Prime Minister Gordon Brown.[30][31] Seeking to protect Boyle from any unwanted issues from the media, the Press Complaints Commission were contacted for help in ensuring that she was given privacy for the duration of her stay at the clinic. Agreeing to this, the PCC issued a firm warning amongst press editors, stating that they had to adhere to the code of press conduct in regards to its rules on privacy - this included not allowing unauthorised photography to take place and respecting Boyle's entitlement to privacy.[32][33]

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