List of Britain's Got Talent finalists

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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.[1] 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.

Contestants[edit]

For more details on each of the contestants, see the relevant series article.

Name Series Act Finished Ref
2 Grand 3 Singing duo 10th
Aquabatique 6 Synchronised swimmers 10th
Arisxandra 7 Singer 8th
Asanda 7 Singer 11th
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
Boyband 9 Dance troupe 12th [2]
Boyle, SusanSusan Boyle 3 Singer 2nd
Burling, PaulPaul Burling 4 Impressionist 5th
Calum Scott 9 Singer 6th [3]
Jack Carroll 7 Comedian 2nd
Cheeky Monkeys 2 Child dance duo Finalist
Jon Clegg 8 Impressionist 7th
Côr Glanethwy 9 Welsh choir 3rd [3]
Collabro 8 Classical singers 1st
Collings, MichaelMichael Collings 5 Singer/guitarist 5th [4][5]
Connected[A] 4 Child singers 8th
Cursons, BessieBessie Cursons 1 Musical theatre performer Finalist
Cutler, JaneyJaney Cutler 4 Singer 9th
Danny Posthill 9 Impressionist 7th [3]
Darcy Oake 8 Magician 5th
Davis, AidanAidan Davis 3 Streetdancer 5th
Diversity 3 Streetdance troupe 1st
Entity Allstars 9 Dance troupe 11th [3]
Escala 2 String quartet Finalist
Flawless 3 Streetdance troupe 8th
Francine Lewis 7 Impressionist 10th
Gabz 7 Singer/rapper 7th
Gaffney, KieranKieran Gaffney 4 Drummer 3rd
Gbegbaje, PaulPaul Gbegbaje 5 Pianist 6th [4][6]
Gibson, LesLes Gibson 5 Impressionist 9th [4][7]
Gogonea, RazyRazy Gogonea 5 Breakdancer/Body-Popping 4th [4][5]
Hall, StevenSteven Hall 5 Comedy dancer 7th [4][8]
Hewlett, SteveSteve Hewlett 7 Ventriloquist 4th
Isaac Waddington 9 Pianist 5th [3]
Hobley, JamesJames Hobley 5 Dancer 8th [4][7]
Jamie Raven 9 Magician 2nd [3]
Jafargholi, ShaheenShaheen Jafargholi 3 Child Singer 7th
Jessie-Jane McParland 9 Martial artist 8th [3]
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
Lettice Rowbotham 8 Violinist 8th
Loveable Rogues 6 Acoustic vocal group 4th
Luminites 7 Vocal group 5th
McDowall, JaiJai McDowall 5 Singer 1st [4][8]
Jules O'Dwyer & Matisse 9 Musical canine freestyle 1st [3]
Jordan O'Keefe 7 Singer/guitarist 6th
Liam McNally 4 Child Soprano 10th
Martyn, JeanJean Martyn 5 Organist 10th [4][9]
Mead, TobiasTobias Mead 4 Dancer 6th
Mend, TheThe Mend 6 Boy band 7th
Andrew Muir 2 Singer Finalist
The Neales 9 Vocal group 9th [3]
Nemesis 2 Dance troupe Finalist
New Bounce 5 Child Singers 3rd [4][9]
Nu Sxool 6 Dance troupe 8th
Old Men Grooving 9 Dance troupe 4th [3]
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 [4][6]
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
Signature 2 Bhanghra dancers 2nd
James Smith 8 Singer 6th
Smith, FarylFaryl Smith 2 Classical Singer Finalist
Smith, JulianJulian Smith 3 Saxophonist 3rd
Smith, ShaunShaun Smith 3 Child Singer 9th
Spelbound 4 Gymnastic troupe 1st
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 [3]
Yanis Marshall, Arnaud & Mehdi 8 Dance troupe 11th
Tina and Chandi 4 Dancing Dog act 4th
Twist and Pulse 4 Dance duo 2nd
  1. ^ Connected split up shortly after the competition. Brothers Harry and Max Mondryk, along with friend Matt Fitzgerald, reformed as ReConnected. The remaining members, Myles and Connor Ryan, came together under the name Myles and Connor and have signed a recording contract.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Round-up! There was plenty of drama on Friday's show". ITV. 29 May 2015. Retrieved 27 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Britain's Got Talent - Boyband". ITV. 31 May 2015. Retrieved 27 June 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Meet the Britain's Got Talent finalists". ITV. 30 May 2015. Retrieved 27 June 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Jai McDowall beats Ronan Parke". BBC News. 5 June 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Razy Gogonea and Michael Collings through to BGT final: Semi-final 5 round-up". stv. 3 June 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Hogan, Michael (30 May 2011). "Britain's Got Talent: Simon returns, review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 7 June 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Hogan, Michael (1 June 2011). "Britain's Got Talent, third semi-final:review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 7 June 2011. 
  8. ^ a b Hogan, Michael (2 June 2011). "Britain's Got Talent, fourth semi-final: review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 7 June 2011. 
  9. ^ a b Hogan, Michael (31 May 2011). "Britain's Got Talent, second semi-final: review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 7 June 2011. 

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