Britain's Got Talent (series 7)

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Britain's Got Talent
Series 7
Broadcast from13 April (2013-04-13) –
8 June 2013 (2013-06-08)
JudgesSimon Cowell
Amanda Holden
Alesha Dixon
David Walliams
Presenter(s)Anthony McPartlin (ITV)
Declan Donnelly (ITV)
Co-presenter(s)Stephen Mulhern (ITV2)
BroadcasterITV
ITV2 (BGMT)
Winner
Attraction
OriginBudapest, Hungary
Genre(s)Shadow Theatre Group
Runner-up
Jack Carroll
Chronology

Series Seven of Britain's Got Talent, a British talent competition series, began broadcasting in the UK during 2013, from 13 April to 8 June on ITV; because of England's international friendly with the Republic of Ireland that year, the show took a break on 29 May to avoid clashing with live coverage of the match. Because of the work schedule of Stephen Mulhern, host of Britain's Got More Talent, filmed auditions had to be pushed back to mid-January that year,[1] though no guest judge was brought in due to the absence of Simon Cowell for an audition session.[2][3][4] Following the previous series, the programme's format was given a minor amendment - the cash prize offered to winners was reduced to £250,000 for this series.

The seventh series was won by shadow theatre troupe Attraction, the first foreign national participant to win the competition, with comedian Jack Carroll finishing in second place, and opera duo Richard & Adam placing third. During its broadcast, the series averaged around 10.4 million viewers. The programme faced severe criticism from viewers over a number of auditions that were broadcast as part of the sixth series, while production staff had to investigate a breach of security after a protester managed to pelt Cowell with eggs during a live broadcast of a finalist's performance.[5]

Series overview[edit]

Following open auditions, the Judges' auditions were held in January and February 2013, within Cardiff, London, Glasgow, Manchester and Birmingham; although filming was planned to begin by 7 January,[6] it was pushed back to 16 January, in order to avoid clashing with Stephen Mulhern's schedule for Catchphrase that month.[1] Most of the auditions that took place were uneventful; although Cowell was forced to miss most of the auditions on the second day in Manchester due to illness, production proceeded with these without bringing in a guest judge to stand in for him.[2]

Of the participants that took part, only forty five made it past this stage and into the five live semi-finals, with nine appearing in each one, and eleven of these acts making it into the live final; the wildcard act chosen by the judges was ventriloquist Steve Hewlett, after he lost out in the Judges' vote in the fifth semi-final.[7] The following below lists the results of each participant's overall performance in this series:

  Winner |   Runner-up |   Third place |   Finalist
  Semi-finalist | Playing card club A.svg Judges' Wildcard Finalist
Participant Age(s) 1 Genre Act Semi-final Result
Aaron Crow 44 Danger Danger Act 1 Eliminated
AJ & Chloe 17, 18 Dance Latin Dance Duo 4 Eliminated
Alex Keirl 20 Singing Singer 4 Eliminated
Alice Fredenham 28 Singing Singer 2 Eliminated
Aliki 29 Singing Singer 5 Eliminated
Arisxandra Libantino 11 Singing Singer 1 Finalist
Asanda 11 Singing Singer 4 Finalist
Attraction 19–40 Dance Shadow Theatre Group 5 Winner
Band of Voices 27–47 Singing Vocal Harmony Group 1 Eliminated
Bosom Buddies 29, 48 Singing / Variety Operatic Drag Duo 1 Eliminated
CEO Dancers 22–24 Dance Dance Trio 5 Eliminated
Chasing the Dream 19-50 Singing Musical Theatre Group 4 Eliminated
Club Town Freaks 25–38 Singing Vocal Harmony Group 4 Eliminated
Francine Lewis 37 Comedy Impressionist 4 Finalist
Freelusion 25–39 Dance Interactive 3D Dance Group 3 Eliminated
Gabz 14 Singing Singer & Pianist 2 Finalist
Gospel Singers Incognito 17–43 Music Gospel Choir 5 Eliminated
J Unity 19 Singing Singing Duet 1 Eliminated
Jack and Cormac 13, 14 Singing Singing Duet 2 Eliminated
Jack Carroll 14 Comedy Comedian 2 Runner-up
James More 24 Magic Magician 4 Eliminated
Jordan O'Keefe 18 Singing Singer & Guitarist 5 Finalist
Joseph Hall 36 Dance Dancer 3 Eliminated
Luminites 18–21 Singing Singing Group 3 Finalist
Maarty Broekman 23 Singing / Music Keytar Player 5 Eliminated
Martin & Marielle 32, 36 Acrobatics / Dance Gymnastic Dance 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 Cabaret Duet 2 Eliminated
Modupé Obasola 19 Singing Singer 2 Eliminated
Philip Green 21 Comedy Impressionist 1 Eliminated
Poppin' Ron 21 Dance Breakdancer 4 Eliminated
Pre Skool 5–8 Dance Dance Troupe 3 Finalist
Richard & Adam 19, 22 Singing Opera Duo 1 Third place
Robbie Kennedy 22 Singing Singer & Guitarist 3 Eliminated
Rob's Duelling Pianos 2 55 Music Pianist 5 Eliminated
Rosie O'Sullivan 19 Singing Singer 3 Eliminated
Shockarellas 12–17 Dance Dance Group 4 Eliminated
Steve Hewlett Playing card club A.svg 37 Comedy Ventriloquist 5 Finalist
Stevie Pink 45 Magic Illusionist 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
  • ^1 Ages denoted in this column pertain to those of the respective participant(s) for their final performance for this series.
  • ^2 Rob's Duelling Pianos became a solo act, after a member of the act left before the semi-final.

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 |   Lost the judges' vote |   Eliminated

Semi-final 1 (27 May)[edit]

Guest Performer, Results Show: Ellie Goulding ("Explosions" / "Anything Could Happen") [8]

Semi-Finalist Order Act Buzzes and Judges' Vote Result [9]
Cowell Holden Dixon Walliams
Martin Healey 1 Dancer 9th - Eliminated
Band of Voices 2 Vocal Harmony Group 6th - Eliminated
Youth Creation 3 Dance Troupe Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg 3rd (Judges' vote tied - Lost on Public vote)
J-Unity 4 Singing Duet 7th - Eliminated
Bosom Buddies 5 Operatic Drag Duo Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg 8th - Eliminated
Philip Green 6 Impressionist 5th - Eliminated
Arisxandra Libantino 7 Singer Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg 2nd (Judges' vote tied - Won on Public vote)
Aaron Crow 8 Danger Act 4th - Eliminated
Richard & Adam 9 Opera Duo 1st (Won Public vote)

Semi-final 2 (28 May)[edit]

Guest Performer, Results Show: Jennifer Lopez ("Live It Up") [10]

Semi-Finalist Order Act Buzzes and Judges' Vote Result [9]
Cowell Holden Dixon Walliams
Martin & Marielle 1 Gymnastic Dance Duo 8th - Eliminated
MckNasty 2 Drummer & DJ 5th - Eliminated
Jack and Cormac 3 Singing Duet 3rd (Lost Judges' vote)
Modupé 4 Singer Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg 9th - Eliminated
Meat Diva 5 Cabaret Duet 7th - Eliminated
MD 6 Dance Troupe 6th - Eliminated
Alice Fredenham 7 Singer 4th - Eliminated
Jack Carroll 8 Comedian 1st (Won Public vote)
Gabz 9 Singer & Pianist Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg 2nd (Won Judges' vote)

Semi-final 3 (30 May)[edit]

Guest Performer, Results Show: Demi Lovato ("Heart Attack") [11]

Semi-Finalist Order Act Buzzes and Judges' Vote Result [9]
Cowell Holden Dixon Walliams
Freelusion 1 Interactive 3D Dance Group Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg 7th - Eliminated
Robbie Kennedy 2 Singer & Guitarist 5th - Eliminated
Stevie Pink 3 Illusionist Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg 8th - Eliminated
Pre Skool 4 Dance Troupe Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg 2nd (Judges' vote tied - Won on Public vote)
Thomas Bounce 5 Juggler Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg 9th - Eliminated
Rosie O'Sullivan 6 Singer 4th - Eliminated
Joseph Hall 7 Dancer Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg 3rd (Judges' vote tied - Lost on Public vote)
MC Boy 8 Rapper Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg 6th - Eliminated
Luminites 9 Singing Group 1st (Won Public vote)

Semi-final 4 (31 May)[edit]

Guest Performer, Results Show: Olly Murs ("Right Place Right Time") [12]

Semi-Finalist Order Act Buzzes and Judges' Vote Result [9]
Cowell Holden Dixon Walliams
Club Town Freaks 1 Vocal Harmony Group 9th - Eliminated
Alex Keirl 2 Singer Crystal Clear app clean.svg 3rd (Lost Judges' vote)
Shockarellas 3 Dance Group 6th - Eliminated
Poppin' Ron 4 Breakdancer Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg 8th - Eliminated
James More 5 Illusionist 4th - Eliminated
Chasing the Dream 6 Musical Theatre Group Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg 7th - Eliminated
Francine Lewis 7 Impressionist 1st (Won Public vote)
Asanda 8 Singer Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg 2nd (Won Judges' vote)
AJ & Chloe 9 Latin Dance Duo 5th - Eliminated

Semi-final 5 (1 June)[edit]

Guest Performers, Results Show: Ashleigh and Pudsey [13]

Artist Order Act Buzzes and Judges' Vote Result [9]
Cowell Holden Dixon Walliams
CEO Dancers 1 Dance Trio 7th - Eliminated
Aliki 2 Singer 4th - Eliminated
The Glambassadors 3 Dance Group 8th - Eliminated
Steve Hewlett 3 4 Ventriloquist Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg 3rd (Judges' vote tied - Lost on Public vote)
Rob's Duelling Pianos 5 Keyboardist Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg 9th - Eliminated
Maarty Broekman 6 Keytar Player Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg 6th - Eliminated
Gospel Singers Incognito 7 Gospel Choir 5th - Eliminated
Jordan O'Keefe 8 Singer & Guitarist Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg 2nd (Judges' vote tied - Won on Public vote)
Attraction 9 Shadow Theatre Group 1st (Won Public vote)
  • ^3 Steve Hewlett was later sent through to the final as the judges wildcard.

Final (8 June)[edit]

Guest Performers, Results Show: Psy ("Gentleman"),[14] and Taylor Swift & Ed Sheeran ("Everything Has Changed")[15]

  Winner |   Runner-up |   3rd place
Finalist Order Act Finished [9]
Pre Skool 1 Dance Troupe 9th
Asanda 2 Singer 11th
Gabz 3 Singer & Pianist 7th
Steve Hewlett 4 Ventriloquist 4th
Jordan O'Keefe 5 Singer & Guitarist 6th
Arisxandra 6 Singer 8th
Francine Lewis 7 Impressionist 10th
Richard & Adam 8 Opera Duo 3rd
Jack Carroll 9 Comedian 2nd
Luminites 10 Vocal group 5th
Attraction 11 Shadow Theatre Act 1st

Ratings[edit]

Episode Date Total ITV viewers (millions) [16] Weekly rank [16] Share (%)
Auditions 1 13 April 12.13 1 36.9 [17]
Auditions 2 20 April 11.86 1 43.9 [18]
Auditions 3 27 April 11.08 1 43.9 [19]
Auditions 4 4 May 11.59 1 45.0 [20]
Auditions 5 11 May 12.36 1 45.2 [21]
Auditions 6 18 May 10.88 1 38.1 [22]
Auditions 7 26 May 9.74 3 38.0 [23]
Semi-final 1 27 May 11.48 1 41.5 [24]
Semi-final 1 results 9.27 10 31.4 [24]
Semi-final 2 28 May 10.20 6 36.5 [25]
Semi-final 2 results 8.39 14 28.5[25]
Semi-final 3 30 May 9.76 8 37.5 [26]
Semi-final 3 results 8.51 13 32.3 [26]
Semi-final 4 31 May 9.98 7 37.5 [27]
Semi-final 4 results 8.71 12 32.7 [27]
Semi-final 5 1 June 9.74 9 41.9 [28]
Semi-final 5 results 9.04 11 32.8 [28]
Live final 8 June 12.85 1 48.9 [29]

Criticism & incidents[edit]

Unsuitable, and "sexualised" auditions[edit]

The seventh series found itself receiving considerable criticism over two groups of auditions that applied for Britain's Got Talent that year. The first group concerned the involvement of Scarlet Cuffs, Keri Graham and Kelly Fox. The auditions of Cuffs and Graham primarily involved conducting a provocative striptease, which led viewers to send complaints to Ofcom regarding for the broadcast of footage that was unsuitable for a family audience and being aired before the 9pm watershed. Although ITV's efforts to edit Graham's audition carefully were deemed acceptable,[30] the regulator ruled that the censoring of Cuffs audition was insufficient and thus breached broadcasting codes in regards to protecting children from unsuitable content, with it made clear that the act should not have been shown.[31][32] Fox's auditioned received considerable criticism for the use of lyrics that she sung in her performance, and the behaviour of two judges during her audition. While Fox refuted criticism over her performance,[33] a member of the National Association of Head Teachers raised questions over the "morality" of allowing the audition footage to be shown.[34]

The second group concerned the involvement of Arisxandra Libantino, and Asanda, two young children participating in the programme. The nature of their auditions raised serious questions amongst viewers over the use of songs that were inappropriate for their age - Libantino's performance involved singing Jennifer Hudson's "One Night Only",[30] while Asanda's involved the singing of Rihanna's "Diamonds" alongside a provocative dance routine.[35] The release of the footage by ITV raised questions from Vivienne Pattison, director of Mediawatch UK, over the programme's portrayal of children, deeming the auditions as effectively "sexualising children" on television.[30]

Cowell's "egg attack" in final[edit]

Security arrangements for the programme came under questioning by production staff, after a protester, Natalie Holt, managed to conduct a protest against miming on live television shows and Simon Cowell's influence in the music industry during the performance of finalists Richard & Adam, in which she threw eggs at Cowell before she was removed; the programme had to make clear the incident was not a publicity stunt.[36][37] The investigation into the breach by Holt showed that she managed to circumvent security processes by posing as a backing musician for the finalists, and had smuggled in the eggs due to a failure over proper checks of her possessions. Holt was later revealed to have been a rejected audition from the previous year, when she attempted to secure a place in the 2012 competition with her classical band RaVen Quartet, and that her protest was motivated in part by this failure.[36]

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