Britain's Got Talent (series 8)

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Britain's Got Talent
Series 8
Broadcast from 12 April (2014-04-12) – 7 June 2014 (2014-06-07)
Judges Simon Cowell
Amanda Holden
Alesha Dixon
David Walliams
Ant & Dec (guests)
Presenter(s) Anthony McPartlin (ITV)
Declan Donnelly (ITV)
Co-presenter(s) Stephen Mulhern (ITV2)
Broadcaster ITV
ITV2 (BGMT)
Winner
Collabro
Collabro.jpg
Origin Leeds, England
Song "Bring Him Home"
Genre(s) Musical theatre
Runner-up
Lucy Kay
Chronology

Series Eight of Britain's Got Talent, a British talent competition series, began broadcasting in the UK during 2014, from 12 April to 7 June on ITV; because of England's international friendly with Peru, the show took a break on 30 May to avoid clashing with live coverage of the match. The series is most notable for holding auditions in Northern Ireland for the first time, instead of Scotland as had been done since the second series, as well as for the hosts Ant & Dec having to stand in for Simon Cowell, after illness forced him to be absent during a day of auditions.[1] It was also the first series in the show's history to have a buzzer used during the live final, and was the first to include the "Golden Buzzer" - a format introduced to the programme, which had begun to appear within the Got Talent franchise since it was first introduced on Germany's Got Talent in 2012.[2][3]

The eighth series was won by boy band Collabro, with opera singer Lucy Kay finishing in second place and singing/rapping duo Bars and Melody in third place.[4] During its broadcast, the series averaged around 9.8 million viewers.

Series overview[edit]

Because Cowell was absent for the first day of auditions in Manchester, hosts Ant & Dec each took a turn standing in for him

Following open auditions held the previous year between 19 October to 1 December 2013 in various cities,[5] which included auditions held at a series of "Talent Spot tents" provided by the show's sponsor that year,[6] and at The Savoy Hotel in Blackpool and The Old Ship Hotel in Brighton, the Judges' auditions took place between January and February 2014, within Belfast,[7] London,[8][9][10] Manchester, Birmingham,[11][12][13] and Cardiff.[14][15] For the first time since the second series, auditions didn't take place in Scotland, as the show's producers wished to try new locations for talent, which led to them opting to hold auditions within Northern Ireland for the first time as a result.[16][17] Due to illness, Simon Cowell was forced to be absent from a day of auditions in Manchester to recover, leading to hosts Ant & Dec each standing in for him,[1] while on the final day of auditions in London, Cowell was forced to be absent for them to attend to his girlfriend Lauren Silverman, who had gone into labour that day; the show's production team chose not to bring in a stand-in because of this.[18]

The eighth series is most notable in the show's history for the introduction of a new format that was slowly becoming a part of auditions within other shows of the Got Talent franchise, since it was first used on Germany's Got Talent - the "Golden Buzzer". During Judges' auditions, the judges' desk now featured a golden buzzer along with their respective standard buzzers, which both the judges and the show's host could each use only once if a participant's audition was outstanding to them, regardless of the opinions of the others - the participant would automatically move into the semi-finals, as a direct result of being given the golden buzzer.[2][3]

Of the participants that took part, forty-five made it past this stage and into the five live semi-finals-[19] of these acts, salsa dancing duo Paddy & Nico,[20] hip hop duo Bars & Melody,[21] singer Christian Spridon,[22] girl group REAformed,[23] and stand-up comedian/impressionist Toju,[24] each received a golden buzzer during their auditions - 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 impressionist Jon Clegg, after he lost out in the tied Judges' vote in the first semi-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)
Playing card club A.svg Judges' wildcard (previously eliminated act reinstated into the final by the judges)
Yellow ffff00 pog.svg Golden buzzer
Participant Age(s) Genre Act Semi-final Result
Allan Turner-Ward 37 Music DJ 4 Eliminated
Andrew Derbyshire 31 Singing Singer 5 Eliminated
Bailey McConnell 15 Singing Singer 5 Eliminated (Lost Judges' vote)
Bars & Melody Yellow ffff00 pog.svg 13 & 15 Singing Rapper And Singer 4 Third place
Bolddog FMX Team 24–48 Stunt Motorcycle Stunt Team 2 Eliminated
Brian Chan 25 Variety Painter 3 Eliminated
Cartel 16–27 Dance Dance Group 3 Eliminated (Lost Judges' vote)
Christian Spridon Yellow ffff00 pog.svg 36 Singing Entertainer 1 Eliminated
Collabro 20–24 Singing Operatic Group 1 Winner
Country Vive 16–35 Dance Country Dancing Troupe 1 Eliminated
Crazy Rouge 21–26 Dance Burlesque Dance Troupe 3 Eliminated
Darcy Oake 26 Magic Illusionist 1 Finalist (Won Judges' vote)
Ed Drewett 26 Singing Singer 2 Eliminated
Ellis Chick 12 Singing Singer 3 Eliminated
Eva Iglesias 40 Singing Singer 4 Eliminated
Henrietta Adewole 18 Singing Singer 1 Eliminated
Innova Irish Dance Company 14–23 Dance Irish Dance Troupe 4 Eliminated (Lost Judges' vote)
Jack Pack 24–33 Singing Singing Group 5 Finalist (Won Public vote)
James Smith 15 Singing Singer And Guitarist 2 Finalist (Won Public vote)
Jenson Zhu 37 Comedy Impressionist 5 Eliminated
Jodi Bird 16 Singing Musical Theatre Singer 2 Eliminated (Lost Judges' vote)
Jon Clegg Playing card club A.svg 43 Comedy Impressionist 1 Finalist (Won Judges' Wildcard)
Kieran & Sarah 26 & 28 Singing Singing Duo 4 Eliminated
Kieran Lai 17 Dance Bodypopper 5 Eliminated
Kings & Queens 18–29 Dance Latin Dance Troupe 5 Eliminated
Kitty & Rosie 25 & 48 Singing Singing Duo 3 Eliminated
Kony Puppets 32 Comedy Puppet Act 2 Eliminated
La Voix & The London Gay Big Band 26–52 Music Drag Act And Orchestral Band 5 Eliminated
Lauren & Terrell 12 Dance Dance Duo 1 Eliminated
Lettice Rowbotham 24 Music Violinist 4 Finalist (Won Judges' vote)
Light Balance 19–33 Dance Electronic Dance Troupe 4 Eliminated
Lucy Kay 24 Singing Opera Singer 3 Runner-up
Micky Dumoulin 25 Singing Singer 1 Eliminated
Mini Moves 11–12 Dance Dance Troupe 2 Eliminated
Paddy & Nico Yellow ffff00 pog.svg 79 & 39 Dance Salsa Dance Duo 5 Finalist (Won Judges' vote)
Patsy May 1 N/A 1 Comedy Puppet Act 1 Eliminated
Peat Loaf & Elaine 52 & 36 Singing Singing Duo 5 Eliminated
Pyroterra 19–26 Variety Fire Performers 4 Eliminated
REAformed Yellow ffff00 pog.svg 16–21 Singing Girl Group 3 Eliminated
Ricky K 33 Comedy Comic Mime Act 2 Eliminated
Sam Jones 21 Comedy Ventriloquist 3 Eliminated
SweetChix 14–15 Singing Girl Group 2 Eliminated
The Addict Initiative 17–31 Dance Dance Troupe 2 Finalist (Won Judges' vote)
Toju Yellow ffff00 pog.svg 40 Comedy Stand-up Comedian 4 Eliminated
Yanis Marshall, Arnaud and Mehdi 24–26 Dance Dance Trio 3 Finalist (Won Judges' vote)
  • ^1 No information on the puppeteer for this act was disclosed by the show.

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 (26 May)[edit]

Semi-Finalist Order Act Buzzes and judges' votes Result[26]
Cowell Holden Dixon Walliams
Country Vive 1 Country Dance Troupe 4th - Eliminated
Micky Dumoulin 2 Singer 5th - Eliminated
Lauren and Terrell 3 Dance Duo 6th - Eliminated
Patsy May 4 Puppet Act 7th - Eliminated
Henrietta Adewole 5 Singer 9th - Eliminated
Jon Clegg 2 6 Impressionist Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg 3rd (Judges' vote tied - Lost on Public vote)
Darcy Oake 7 Illusionist Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg 2nd (Judges' vote tied - Won on Public vote)
Christian Spridon 8 Entertainer Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg 8th - Eliminated
Collabro 9 Operatic Group 1st (Won Public vote)
  • ^2 Jon Clegg was later sent through to the final as the judges wildcard.

Semi-final 2 (27 May)[edit]

Semi-Finalist[28] Order Act Buzzes and judges' votes Result[26]
Cowell Holden Dixon Walliams
Mini Moves 1 Dance Group 4th - Eliminated
Ed Drewett 2 Singer 5th - Eliminated
Bolddog FMX Team 3 3 Motorcycle Stunt Team 6th - Eliminated
Jodi Bird 4 Musical Theatre Singer Crystal Clear app clean.svg 3rd (Lost Judges' vote)
SweetChix 5 Girl Group 7th - Eliminated
Ricky K 6 Comic Mime Act Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg 8th - Eliminated
The Addict Initiative 7 Dance Troupe Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg 2nd (Won Judges' vote)
Kony Puppets 8 Puppet Act Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg 9th - Eliminated
James Smith 9 Singer And Guitarist 1st (Won Public vote)
  • ^3 Bolddog FMX Team's performance was pre-recorded outside the studio, in advance.

Semi-final 3 (28 May)[edit]

Semi-Finalist Order Act Buzzes and judges' votes Result[26]
Cowell Holden Dixon Walliams
Crazy Rouge 1 Burlesque Dance Troupe 7th - Eliminated
Ellis Chick 2 Singer 4th - Eliminated
Sam Jones 3 Ventriloquist 6th - Eliminated
REAformed 4 Girl Group 5th - Eliminated
Brian Chan 5 Painter Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg 9th - Eliminated
Cartel 6 Dance Group Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg 3rd (Judges' vote tied - Lost on Public vote)
Kitty and Rosie 7 Singing Duo 8th - Eliminated
Lucy Kay 8 Opera Singer 1st (Won Public vote)
Yanis Marshall, Arnaud and Mehdi 9 Dance Trio Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg 2nd (Judges' vote tied - Won on Public vote)

Semi-final 4 (29 May)[edit]

Semi-Finalist Order Act Buzzes and judges' votes Result[26]
Cowell Holden Dixon Walliams
Innova Irish Dance Company 1 Irish Dance Troupe Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg 3rd (Judges' vote tied - Lost on Public vote)
Kieran & Sarah 2 Opera Singing Duo 7th - Eliminated
Pyroterra 3 Fire Performers 8th - Eliminated
Toju 4 Stand-up Comedian 6th - Eliminated
Eva Iglesias 5 Singer 5th - Eliminated
Allan Turner-Ward 6 DJ Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg 9th - Eliminated
Light Balance 7 Electronic Dance Troupe 4th - Eliminated
Bars & Melody 8 Rapper And Singer 1st (Won Public vote)
Lettice Rowbotham 9 Violinist Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg 2nd (Judges' vote tied - Won on Public vote)

Semi-final 5 (31 May)[edit]

Semi-Finalist Order Act Buzzes and judges' votes Result[26]
Cowell Holden Dixon Walliams
La Voix & The London Gay Big Band 1 Drag Act And Orchestral Band 6th - Eliminated
Bailey McConnell 2 Singer And Guitarist Crystal Clear app clean.svg 3rd (Lost Judges' vote)
Kings & Queens 3 Latin Dance Troupe 5th - Eliminated
Peat Loaf & Elaine 4 Singing Duo 9th - Eliminated
Andrew Derbyshire 5 Singer 7th - Eliminated
Jenson Zhu 6 Impressionist 4th - Eliminated
Kieran Lai 7 Bodypopper 8th - Eliminated
Paddy & Nico 4 8 Salsa Dance Duo Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg 2nd (Won Judges' vote)
Jack Pack 9 Singing Group 1st (Won Public vote)
  • ^4 Paddy & Nico's performance had to be slightly modified before the semi-final, after the former was injured before its broadcast.[32]

Final (7 June)[edit]

  Winner |   Runner-up |   3rd place
Finalist Order Act Finished[26]
The Addict Initiative 1 Dance Troupe 10th
Jon Clegg 2 Impressionist 7th
Lettice Rowbotham 3 Violinist 8th
Yanis Marshall, Arnaud and Mehdi 5 4 Dance Trio 11th
Bars and Melody 5 Rapper And Singer Duo 3rd
James Smith 6 Singer And Guitarist 6th
Jack Pack 7 Singing Group 4th
Darcy Oake 8 Illusionist 5th
Paddy & Nico 9 Salsa Dance Duo 9th
Collabro 10 Operatic Group 1st
Lucy Kay 11 Opera Singer 2nd
  • ^5 Cowell pressed his buzzer during Yanis Marshall, Arnaud and Mehdi's performance.

Ratings[edit]

Episode Date Total viewers (millions)[35] Weekly rank[35] Share (%)
Auditions 1 12 April 12.41 1 45.0[36]
Auditions 2 19 April 11.05 1 40.4[37]
Auditions 3 26 April 11.33 1 42.6[38]
Auditions 4 3 May 10.90 1 42.3[39]
Auditions 5 10 May 11.14 1 41.1[40]
Auditions 6 17 May 10.70 1 40.9[41]
Auditions 7 25 May 9.93 1 38.9[42]
Semi-final 1 26 May 10.94 1 39.1[43]
Semi-final 1 results 8.87 10 33.3[43]
Semi-final 2 27 May 9.36 8 34.9[44]
Semi-final 2 results 7.54 14 27.4[44]
Semi-final 3 28 May 9.41 6 36.7[45]
Semi-final 3 results 7.55 13 28.7[45]
Semi-final 4 29 May 9.53 7 36.7[46]
Semi-final 4 results 8.39 12 33.3[46]
Semi-final 5 31 May 8.97 11 38.1[47]
Semi-final 5 results 7.09 19 28.2[47]
Live final 7 June 12.05 1 49.0[48]

Criticism[edit]

Holden's semi-final comment[edit]

After the final semi-final had been aired, several viewers took to social media to criticise Amanda Holden for a comment she had made in regards to he performance of salsa dance duo Paddy & Nico. Prior to their appearance in the live episode, Paddy had received an injury during practice and had to be checked over by the show's doctors before she could be allowed to perform. Making her opinion of their act in the semi-final, Holden had complimented the dancer for doing well despite the circumstances, adding remarks that she had "come back from injury with fighting spirit" and "today is Pad-D Day". Posts written about the comment complained that it had been distasteful to compare the performance of the dance duo with the efforts of the soldiers during the D-Day landings, with one viewer commenting that her words had been "disrespectful".[49]

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