Britain's Got Talent (series 2)

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Britain's Got Talent
Series 2
Broadcast from 12 April – 31 May 2008
Judges Simon Cowell
Amanda Holden
Piers Morgan
Presenter(s) Ant & Dec (ITV)
Co-presenter(s) Stephen Mulhern (ITV2)
Broadcaster ITV
ITV2 (Britain's Got More Talent)
Winner
George Sampson
George Sampson Newcastle.jpg
Origin Warrington, England
Genre(s) Street dance
Runner-up
Signature
Chronology

The second series of Britain's Got Talent was broadcast from 12 April 2008 and ended on 31 May 2008. Notable differences from the first series included the fact that auditions were held for the first time in Scotland and that there were 40 acts in the live semi-finals, compared to 24 the previous year. This series also ran for longer, this time airing seven weeks instead of one. Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan returned as judges. Ant & Dec returned as hosts with Stephen Mulhern coming back to present Britain's Got More Talent on ITV2. Auditions took place in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow and Blackpool. It was the first time that auditions were held in Glasgow and Blackpool.

The series was won by street dancer George Sampson, with dance duo Signature coming in second and singer Andrew Johnston in third.

Judges[edit]

It was announced that Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan would return as judges for the second series of Britain's Got Talent.

Semi-finalists[edit]

On 24 May 2008, the judges announced the 40 acts that have made it through to the live semi-finals.[1] A total of 10 acts made the grand final on 31 May 2008.

fThe winner was George Sampson, who was invited to perform an encore of his 'Singin' in the Rain' routine.

  Winner
  Runner-up
  Third place
  Finalist
  Semi-finalist (lost judges'vote)
Name / Name of act Age(s) Genre Act From Semi Position Reached
Andrew Johnston 13 Singing Boy soprano Carlisle 2 Third place
Andrew Muir 24 Singing Pop Fauldhouse, West Lothian 4 Finalist (won judges' vote)
Anya Sparks 42 Dancing Solo Dance London 5 Eliminated
Bang On 34/27 Music Percussionists Hounslow 2 Eliminated
Boogie Babes 8–12 Dancing 19-strong troupe Appleby 4 Eliminated
Boogie Wonderland 12–21 Dancing 16-strong troupe Liverpool 1 Eliminated
Caburlesque 22-26 Dancing Cabaret/Burlesque London 5 Eliminated
Charlie Green 10 Singing Swing music Worcestershire 3 Eliminated (lost judges' vote)
Charlie Wernham 13 Comedy Stand-up comedy Essex 4 Eliminated
Cheeky Monkeys 8/9 Dancing Junior Couples Dance Burnley 2 Finalist (won judges' vote)
Craig Harper 35 Singing / Comedy Pop / Impressionist Hull 5 Eliminated (lost judges' vote)
Dean Wilson 18 Singing Musical Theatre Middlesbrough 1 Eliminated (lost judges' vote)
Deans of Magic 46/38 Magic Erotic magic Daventry 3 Eliminated
Diva Las Vegas 20-48 Dancing 7-strong cabaret act Runcorn 5 Eliminated
Escala (originally Scala.) 23–26 Music String quartet London 5 Finalist (won public vote)
Faryl Smith 12 Singing Classical Kettering 4 Finalist (won public vote)
Flava 17–28 Dancing Hip-hop Dance Cornwall 2 Eliminated (lost judges' vote)
George Sampson 14 Dancing Breakdancing Warrington 3 Winner[2]
Harlequin Stage School 8–13 Dancing 22-strong troupe Worcester 4 Eliminated
Hoop La La 22/23/24 Dancing Hula hoops Inverness 3 Eliminated
Iona Luvsandorj (Mostly credited as just Iona) 27 Contortionist Solo Contortionist London 2 Eliminated
Irresistible 23/21/23 Singing / Dancing Pop Tyne & Wear 3 Eliminated
James Stone 52 Singing Pop Rhyl 4 Eliminated
Jeremy Lynch 20 Acrobatics Football skills Essex 4 Eliminated (lost judges' vote)
Kate And Gin 16/6 Dancing/Animals Musical canine freestyle Norbury, Cheshire 1 Finalist (won judges' vote)
Kay And Harvey 56/71 Singing Opera Bristol 2 Eliminated
Madonna Decena 32 Singing Pop Manchester 5 Eliminated
Mandy Ellen Dancers 10–24 Dancing 39-strong troupe Maidstone 2 Eliminated
Mary Halford March 6–9 Dancing 24-strong troupe Liverpool 3 Eliminated
Michael Machell 57 Music Electric Keyboardist Hastings 1 Eliminated
Nemesis 18–22 Dancing 5-strong troupe Milton Keynes 5 Finalist (won judges' vote)
Per Diem 24/23 Music Guitar and voice Liverpool 5 Eliminated
Phil Blackmore 34 Juggling Balancing Act Kingston-upon-Thames 1 Eliminated
Sauris Nandi 64 Magic Deception & Illusion London 2 Eliminated
Signature 29/34 Dancing Michael Jackson / Bhangra London 1 2nd Place
Sophie Mei 20 Dancing Belly-dancing Sheffield 1 Eliminated
Strike 22/19 Dancing Martial arts demo Sheffield 3 Finalist (won judges' vote)
Tracy Lee Collins 44 Singing Drag act Leicester 1 Eliminated
Urban Gypsies 35–50 Dancing 7-strong belly-dancing troupe Blackpool 3 Eliminated
Vizage 34/30 Magic/Singing Quick change artists and singers Hull 4 Eliminated

Semi-final summary[edit]

The "Order" columns lists the order of appearance each act made for every episode.

Key Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Buzz Crystal Clear app clean.svg Judges' choice
  Won the public vote
  Won the judges' vote
  Lost the judges' vote

Semi-final 1 (26 May)[edit]

Order Result Artist Act Buzzes and judges' choices
Cowell Holden Morgan
1 Eliminated Boogie Wonderland Dance Group
2 Top 3 (won judges' vote) Kate and Gin Dancing Dog Act Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg
3 Eliminated Michael Machell Electric Keyboardist Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
4 Top 3 (lost judges' vote) Dean Wilson Musical Theatre Performer Crystal Clear app clean.svg
5 Eliminated Sophie Mei Belly Dancer
6 Eliminated Tracey Lee Collins Drag Act Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
7 Eliminated Phil Blackmore Balancer And Juggler Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
8 1st (won public vote) Signature Michael Jackson/Bhangra Dance Duo

Semi-final 2 (27 May)[edit]

Order Result Artist Act Buzzes and judges' choices
Cowell Holden Morgan
1 Eliminated Mandy Ellen Dancers Dance Group
2 Eliminated Iona Luvsandorj Contortionist
3 Top 3 (won judges' vote) Cheeky Monkeys Junior Dance Duo Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg
4 Eliminated Kay and Harvey Opera Singer And Keyboardist Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
5 Eliminated Bang On! Urban Percussionists Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
6 Top 3 (lost judges' vote) Flava Hip-Hop Dance Group Crystal Clear app clean.svg
7 Eliminated Sauris Nandi Illusionist Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
8 1st (won public vote) Andrew Johnston Boy soprano

Semi-final 3 (28 May)[edit]

Order Result Artist Act Buzzes and judges' choices
Cowell Holden Morgan
1 Eliminated Irresistible Vocal Group
2 Top 3 (won judges' vote) Strike Martial Artists Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg
3 Eliminated Mary Halford March Dance Group Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
4 Eliminated The Deans of Magic Magician Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
5 Top 3 (lost judges' vote) Charlie Green Singer Crystal Clear app clean.svg
6 Eliminated Urban Gypsies Belly Dancing Group Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
7 Eliminated Hoop La La Hula Hoop Performers
8 1st (won public vote) George Sampson Breakdancer

Semi-final 4 (29 May)[edit]

Order Result Artist Act Buzzes and judges' choices
Cowell Holden Morgan
1 Eliminated James Stone Singer
2 Eliminated Charlie Wernham Stand-up Comedian
3 Eliminated Harlequin Stage School Dance Group
4 Top 3 (won judges' vote) Andrew Muir Singer Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg
5 Eliminated The Boogie Babes Dance Group
6 Eliminated Vizage Quick-change Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg1 Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
7 Top 3 (lost judges' vote) Jeremy Lynch Football Player Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
8 1st (won public vote) Faryl Smith Classical Singer
  • ^1 Amanda Holden stated after the act that Simon Cowell pressed her buzzer.

Semi-final 5 (30 May)[edit]

Order Result Artist Act Buzzes and judges' choices
Cowell Holden Morgan
1 Eliminated Caburlesque Cabaret/Burlesque Group
2 Eliminated Madonna Decena Singer
3 Eliminated Anya Sparks Dancer
4 Top 3 (lost judges' vote) Craig Harper Vocal Impersonator Crystal Clear app clean.svg
5 Eliminated Diva Las Vegas Cabaret Group Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
6 Top 3 (won judges' vote) Nemesis Dance Group Crystal Clear app clean.svg Crystal Clear app clean.svg
7 Eliminated Per Diem Singer And Guitarist Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg Crystal Clear action button cancel.svg
8 1st (won public vote) Escala Electric String Quartet

Final (31 May)[edit]

Key
  Winner
  Runner-up
  Third Place
Order[3] Finished Artist Act
1 10th Cheeky Monkeys Dance to "We Go Together" from Grease
2 6th Andrew Muir Performance of "Imagine"
3 7th Kate and Gin Canine freestyle to James Bond Theme
4 9th Nemesis Dance to "Pump It" by The Black Eyed Peas
5 8th Strike Martial arts routine to "I Like the Way (You Move)"
6 3rd Andrew Johnston Performance of Pie Jesu
7 1st George Sampson Breakdancing (Singin' in the Rain)
8 4th Faryl Smith Performance of Ave Maria
9 5th Escala Performance of Palladio
10 2nd Signature Billie Jean bhangra

Ratings[edit]

Show Date Official ITV1 rating
(millions)[4]
Weekly rank[4] Share
Auditions 1 12 April 9.44 6 37.0%[5]
Auditions 2 19 April 10.96 1 43.3%[6]
Auditions 3 26 April 9.86 3 41.3%[7]
Auditions 4 3 May 9.12 5 39.1%[8]
Auditions 5 10 May 8.17 6 37.9%[9]
Auditions 6 17 May 9.11 2 37.5%[10]
Auditions 7 24 May 8.27 5 37.2%[11]
Semi-final 1 26 May 11.33 4 42.0%[12]
Semi-final 2 27 May 9.29 9 35.3%[13]
Semi-final 3 28 May 10.03 6 35.9%[14]
Semi-final 4 29 May 10.13 5 41.9%[15]
Semi-final 5 30 May 11.86 2 50.0%[16]
Live final 31 May 11.52 3 51.1%[17]
Live final results 13.88 1 55.1%[17]
Series average 2008 10.21 4 (4.14) 41.8%

The second series of Britain's Got Talent was a huge ratings success, officially averaging 10.2m for the entire series.[18]

The Final Results episode was the third most watched programme of 2008, officially averaging 13.88m. The moment when George Sampson was announced winner, in front of 14.4 million viewers, was the 4th most watched moment of 2008.

This series of Britain's Got Talent had the third highest series average out of any talent show this century.

Controversies[edit]

Andrew Johnston[edit]

In an article made by the Daily Mail on 18 April 2008, the mother of Andrew Johnston admitted that their story given on the show had been "over-egged", and that in reality they did not live in a stereotypical council estate, nor did Johnston receive regular bullying as he had alleged to have sustained; in truth, he had sustained bullying early in his life, and not recently when he appeared on Britain's Got Talent. This information led to accusations against the show's producers of misleading viewers by enhancing a "sob story".[19]

Michael Machell[edit]

Several complaints were made following the first live show of the programme on 26 May 2008, in regards to the treatment of Michael Machell. His performance was greeted with open mockery and hostility by the crowd and judging panel, with further claims that the show's producers encouraged the audience to boo and deride the performer from the beginning of his appearance, which eventually left Machell visibly upset both immediately afterwards, and on Britain's Got More Talent later that evening.[20]

Andrew Muir[edit]

Following the final on 31 May 2008, Andrew Muir stated that his poor choice of song for his final performance, Imagine by John Lennon, which was heavily criticized by the judges, as down to the fact it had been chosen by the show's producers, and that he had been given no choice but to accept. On both the main show and its sister show, the hosts were swift to change the subject or speak to other contestants, rather than allow this point to be made further.[21]

Escala[edit]

During their time on the programme, Escala received considerable press attention, after it was noted that all four members of the band were professional musicians who ha played for McFly during their UK tour in 2005, and had been invited to audition on the show by Simon Cowell after they played at The X Factor wrap party in late 2007. An ITV1 spokesman refuted claims that this had been unfair, stating that "Scala went through the same application and audition process as everyone else. Britain's Got Talent is open to any performer be it professional or amateur, with any talent."[22] The band were also forced to change their name midway into the programme, after it was found that their previous name of "Scala" already belonged to a female voice choir in Belgium, with the Daily Mirror reporting that "EMI threatened to sue", despite the fact that the band had used the name for two years.[23]

Voting[edit]

During the second series, fans of the show made serious accusations against the programme's production team that the votes had been rigged. It was claimed that viewers had noticed a pattern in which every last act in each semi-final had won the public vote and gone through to the final, with one of these acts eventually winning the show, with it noted that this pattern had also occurred in the previous series. The Daily Star reported that, despite a flood of complaints on this matter, the show's bosses denied all allegations on this, with a spokesperson later claiming that such a pattern was "nothing more than a coincidence", and that the judges "have no say over the running order on the show."[24][25]

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