List of Britain's Got Talent finalists
Britain's Got Talent is a British talent reality television series that first aired in 2007. As of 31 May 2015, there have been nine completed series. The show has been spun off around the world under the Got Talent franchise. The competition is open to people of all ages who possess a talent. After the initial rounds of auditions, successful contestants are narrowed down by the judges.
In the first series, 24 contestants made it into the three semi-finals, and in subsequent series this has been increased to 40 (45 from series 6) contestants across five live shows. The act which receives the most public votes in each semi-final goes through to the final, with the second finalist being decided by the judges from the second and third most popular contestants. In series 6, a "wildcard" element was introduced. This is where judges pick an eliminated act from the semi-finals, and that act is sent through to the final. In series 6, the wildcard act selected was The Mend. In series 7, the wildcard was Steve Hewlett and in series 8, Jon Clegg. Series 9 featured a second wildcard, voted for by the public from the five acts who lost the judges' vote in the semi-finals. The judges' wildcard was Boyband and the public's wildcard was Jessie-Jane McParland.
In the final, each of the finalists perform again, but this time the result is determined purely from the public vote, with the winner receiving £250,000 (£100,000 in series 1–5, £500,000 in series 6) and the chance to perform their act at the Royal Variety Performance.
Opera singer Paul Potts won the first series of the competition in 2007, street dancer George Sampson won the second series in 2008, dance troupe Diversity won the third series in 2009, gymnast troupe Spelbound won the fourth series in 2010, singer Jai McDowall won the fifth series in 2011, dancing dog act Ashleigh and Pudsey won the sixth series in 2012, shadow theatre group, Attraction won the seventh series in 2013, classical singers Collabro won the eighth series in 2014, and musical canine freestyle act Jules O'Dwyer & Matisse won the ninth series in 2015.
For more details on each of the contestants, see the relevant series article.
|2 Grand||3||Singing duo||10th|
|Ashleigh and Pudsey||6||Dancing dog act||1st|
|Attraction||7||Shadow theatre group||1st|
|The Addict Initiative||8||Dance troupe||10th|
|Bar Wizards, TheThe Bar Wizards||1||Juggling||Finalist|
|Bars & Melody||8||Singing/rapping duo||3rd|
|Boyle, SusanSusan Boyle||3||Singer||2nd|
|Burling, PaulPaul Burling||4||Impressionist||5th|
|Cheeky Monkeys||2||Child dance duo||Finalist|
|Côr Glanethwy||9||Welsh choir||3rd|||
|Collings, MichaelMichael Collings||5||Singer/guitarist||5th|||
|Cursons, BessieBessie Cursons||1||Musical theatre performer||Finalist|
|Cutler, JaneyJaney Cutler||4||Singer||9th|
|Davis, AidanAidan Davis||3||Streetdancer||5th|
|Entity Allstars||9||Dance troupe||11th|||
|Gaffney, KieranKieran Gaffney||4||Drummer||3rd|
|Gbegbaje, PaulPaul Gbegbaje||5||Pianist||6th|||
|Gibson, LesLes Gibson||5||Impressionist||9th|||
|Gogonea, RazyRazy Gogonea||5||Breakdancer/Body-Popping||4th|||
|Hall, StevenSteven Hall||5||Comedy dancer||7th|||
|Hewlett, SteveSteve Hewlett||7||Ventriloquist||4th|
|Hobley, JamesJames Hobley||5||Dancer||8th|||
|Jafargholi, ShaheenShaheen Jafargholi||3||Child Singer||7th|
|Jessie-Jane McParland||9||Martial artist||8th|||
|Jonathan and Charlotte||6||Opera duo||2nd|
|Johnston, AndrewAndrew Johnston||2||Child Soprano||3rd|
|Kai and Natalia||6||Ballroom dancers||11th|
|Kate and Gin||2||Musical canine freestyle||Finalist|
|Lucy Kay||8||Opera singer||2nd|
|Kelly, SamSam Kelly||6||Singer/guitarist||9th|
|Kombat Breakers||1||Dance troupe||Finalist|
|Loveable Rogues||6||Acoustic vocal group||4th|
|McDowall, JaiJai McDowall||5||Singer||1st|||
|Jules O'Dwyer & Matisse||9||Musical canine freestyle||1st|||
|Liam McNally||4||Child Soprano||10th|
|Martyn, JeanJean Martyn||5||Organist||10th|||
|Mead, TobiasTobias Mead||4||Dancer||6th|
|Mend, TheThe Mend||6||Boy band||7th|
|The Neales||9||Vocal group||9th|||
|New Bounce||5||Child Singers||3rd|||
|Nu Sxool||6||Dance troupe||8th|
|Old Men Grooving||9||Dance troupe||4th|||
|Only Boys Aloud||6||Male choir||3rd|
|Paddy & Nico||8||Salsa dancers||9th|
|Richard and Adam||7||Opera duo||3rd|
|O'Shaughnessy, RyanRyan O'Shaughnessy||6||Singer-songwriter/guitarist||5th|
|Jack Pack||8||Singing group||4th|
|Parke, RonanRonan Parke||5||Child Singer||2nd|||
|Potts, PaulPaul Potts||1||Opera Singer||1st|
|Rainford, MollyMolly Rainford||6||Singer||6th|
|Sampson, GeorgeGeorge Sampson||2||Streetdancer||1st|
|Scott, DamonDamon Scott||1||Puppeteer||Finalist|
|Pre Skool||7||Dance troupe||9th|
|Smith, FarylFaryl Smith||2||Classical Singer||Finalist|
|Smith, JulianJulian Smith||3||Saxophonist||3rd|
|Smith, ShaunShaun Smith||3||Child Singer||9th|
|Stavros Flatley||3||Comedy dance duo||4th|
|Steel, HollieHollie Steel||3||Child singer/dancer||6th|
|Stone, ChristopherChristopher Stone||4||Singer||7th|
|Strike||2||Martial arts demo||Finalist|
|Talbot, ConnieConnie Talbot||1||Child Singer||Finalist|
|UDI||9||Electronic light dance troupe||10th|||
|Yanis Marshall, Arnaud & Mehdi||8||Dance troupe||11th|
|Tina and Chandi||4||Dancing Dog act||4th|
|Twist and Pulse||4||Dance duo||2nd|
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