Britain’s Got Talent

NAME: Paul Gbegbaje

AGE: 19

FROM: Dagenham

TALENT: Pianist and Musician

BACKGROUND: Paul began playing the piano when he was 14 and self taught himself by practising after a choir rehearsal at a local church, experimenting and learning to play the instruments available. His inspirations included Oscar Peterson, Chopin and Stevie Wonder, who he would listen to at home and go back to the church to apply his inspiration.

NAME: Ronan Parke

AGE: 12

FROM: Norwich

TALENT: Singer

BACKGROUND:  Ronan started singing when he was 3 years old when he would sing along to music in the car. He has been having singing lessons for the past 2 years and sings non-stop around the house! He hasn’t done much performing apart from at friend’s birthday parties and weddings and a local dance school where he said “the crowd’s reaction was just brilliant”. He isn’t scared to sing on the big stage because the feedback he gets is always great and his dream is to become a professional singer and sell lots of records. Ronan decided to enter Britain’s Got Talent and filled out all the forms himself.

Sunday, 29 May 2011, 7:30PM – 9:00PM

Note: The last main audition show will be Sunday 29 May. 

Simon Cowell will return for the live semi-finals starting Monday 30 May and continuing through the rest of the week. 

Each week night: 

7.30pm – 9pm: Britain’s Got Talent 

9pm – 9.30pm: Coronation Street 

9.30pm – 10pm: Britain’s Got Talent results 

The nation’s most varied talent show reaches the final week of auditions, which means that judges Amanda Holden, Michael McIntyre and David Hasselhoff have just one more chance to find performers worthy of going through to the next round. 

At stake for the contestants is a £100 000 cash prize and the chance to appear on a star-studded bill at this year’s Royal Variety Performance. 

After the auditions are over, the five semi-finals start , taking place live every week day, with two acts from each day going through to the final. 

After each heat, viewers can vote for their favourite contender to keep them in the competition. The act with the highest number of votes is automatically placed in the final, while it is up to the panel to choose between the runners-up in a results show each night. 

Hosts Ant and Dec are on hand to support, congratulate and commiserate with the contestants. Which acts will make it through to the live grand final? 

Saturday, 16 April 2011, 8:20PM – 9:50PM

ITV’s hit entertainment show Britain’s Got Talent returns for a fifth year following the success of the last series, which saw gymnastics troupe Spelbound crowned the 2010 winners. 

Hosted by Ant and Dec, this series will see comedian Michael McIntyre and actor and television personality David Hasselhoff join Amanda Holden on a new-look judging panel. 

The judges will hit the road and travel the length and breadth of the UK in search of Britain’s best talent. This year will also see them visit the city of Liverpool for the first time. Simon Cowell will return to Britain’s Got Talent as a judge for the live stage of the competition. 

New judges, a new city and in an exciting first for Britain’s Got Talent, this series will also see a brand new online audition round. For the first time ever, contestants can enter the competition by uploading videos of their act via video-sharing network YouTube. 

The twenty most entertaining acts will go on to perform for the Britain’s Got Talent judges at the YouTube online audition round, but do they have the talent to win a place at this year’s live semi finals? 

As ever, the only rule is that there are no rules! From dance troupes to acrobats, magicians to comedians and dancing horses to singing dogs, the show is open to any performer of any age, from any background, with any talent. All they need is a skill and star quality which they think will impress the judges. 

With only a few minutes available during the auditions, the acts don’t have long to impress. Each judge has a buzzer in front of them, when they press their buzzer a corresponding red cross will light on the stage. Once all three buzzers have gone off, their time is over. For some of the acts the walk on stage lasts longer that their performance! 

As with previous years the public are allowed access to the audition venues in all the major cities around the country. And although the audience can’t buzz the acts out like the judges, their reactions can influence their decision. So with the audience acting as the fourth judge it’s crucial the acts win them over as much as the judges. 

During the audition shows Ant and Dec are waiting in the wings, to congratulate the successful and console those who fail to impress. Once the show goes live in the studio, they will host the proceedings and crown the eventual winner, as decided by the public. 

The winner will perform at this year’s Royal Variety Performance as well as walking away with a life-changing £100,000.

Michael McIntyre and David Hasselhoff will join ITV1’s Britain’s Got Talent as judges on the 2011 series under deals announced today by ITV.

Comedian Michael McIntyre, and actor and television personality, David Hasselhoff will join Amanda Holden on a new look judging panel as Britain’s Got Talent returns to ITV1 in late-Spring 2011.  Simon Cowell will also return to Britain’s Got Talent as a judge for the live stage of the competition.  Ant and Dec will continue to present the hit show.

Elaine Bedell, ITV Director of Entertainment and Comedy, said: “Britain’s Got Talent is one of the UK’s biggest entertainment shows and I’m delighted to unveil Michael McIntyre and David Hasselhoff alongside Simon Cowell and Amanda Holden in a stellar new line-up of judges.

“Michael has established himself as one of the biggest names in comedy and entertainment in this country and, as someone who made his big breakthrough on the Royal Variety Performance, he knows exactly the pressures facing the acts on Britain’s Got Talent. 

“As an actor, singer and producer, David Hasselhoff has been immersed in show business for many years and, alongside Michael, Amanda and of course Simon Cowell, he is a great addition to the judging panel for 2011.”    

Michael McIntyre said: “I’m a massive fan of Britain’s Got Talent and am extremely excited to be a judge on the new series. I was so thrilled when Simon Cowell asked me that I immediately wanted to run in to Ant and Dec’s arms to celebrate!”

Michael McIntyre has established himself as one of the UK’s most popular comedians and television performers on Live at the Apollo and his own show, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow.  He has performed twice at the Royal Variety Performance and, in 2010 became the youngest ever host of the show.

David Hasselhoff is well known for his lead roles in the hugely popular US series Knight Rider and Baywatch, the latter of which he also produced.  He also enjoyed a successful music career and has been involved in a range of American entertainment shows, most recently as a judge on NBC’s America’s Got Talent. 

ITV announced in October that it had reached a new agreement with Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia to secure Britain’s Got Talent and The X Factor on ITV1 until 2013.  A peak audience of 15 million viewers watched the 2010 Britain’s Got Talent final, with 19.2 million watching 2009’s final.

X Factor 2010: Simon Cowell’s mega deal with ITV

Simon Cowell has reportedly signed a contract to stay with ITV that’s worth £100 million.

The Sun reports that the network made the huge offer to ensure that Simon continues featuring on X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent until at least 2013.

The news ends speculation that Simon was pulling out of all his UK contracts in order to concentrate on the US version of X Factor.

He told the paper, “I’m thrilled to conclude this deal with ITV to enable our relationship to continue to develop.

“I’m committed to making sure both shows get bigger and better every year.”

The paper adds that as part of the deal, Simon will not have to sit through BGT auditions and will only join the show at the semi-finals point.

However, his commitments to the US version of the X Factor could mean he has to fly from the UK to the US weekly.

A source close to Simon told the paper, “He’s working on a way around it.”

ITV boss Peter Fincham said of the deal,

“The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent have helped define the last decade of television in the UK.

“They have become more than just a talking point – they are a national obsession.

“I’m delighted our viewers can continue to enjoy them on ITV over the next three years.”

In other Simon related news, it seems he had “the mother of all hissy fits” after being teased by Cheryl and Louis over Diva Fever leaving the competition.

Cheryl apparently said, “You’ve not really got the hang of this this year, have you pet?”

And Louis added, “Oh no Simon, you’ve lost another act. Who’s going next week, Belle Amie?”

The Sun reports that as soon as he went off camera, he told his security staff, “Get me out of here – I’ve had enough of this.”

One of his aides later said, “This was the worst strop he’s ever thrown. It was the mother of all hissy fits.”

More X Factor news soon!

Must Be The Music judge Dizzee Rascal has laid down what he believes is the key difference between the new show and the likes of The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent.

Dizzee claimed that the new Sky1 series offers its acts the chance to be in charge of their own future rather than have it decided for you by record labels.

The rapper labelled the likes of The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent as “just another massive marketing tool”.

“No discredit to that, but we’re giving the artists room to be independent. Being an independent artist, I can appreciate that.”

Dizzee Rascal is joined on the Must Be The Music judging panel by Sharleen Spiteri and Jamie Cullum.

The series premieres on Sky1 on August 15 at 7pm.

Source: Digital Spy

Faulkner, Walker through to MasterChef quarter finals

TV personalities Lisa Faulkner and Chris Walker have advanced to the quarter finals of Celebrity MasterChef after impressing the judges. John Torode and Greg Wallace selected the pair ahead of Danielle Lloyd, Mark Little and Mark Chapman.

Britain’s Got Talent winner axed from record label

Former BGT winner Paul Potts has been dropped from Simon Cowell’s record label SyCo after a decline in popularity for the opera singer. Insider’s claim that after Susan Boyle came along Paul Potts dropped out of the spotlight and will struggle to recover.

Film actor joins Law & Order spin-off

Iron man actor Terrence Howard has signed on for the new spin-off series Law & Order: Los Angeles. Howard will join Skeet Ulrich, Alfred Molina and Corey Stoll on the crime procedural as a Deputy DA.

JLS for one-off X Factor final show! Simon orders dance classes, and he’s getting sued!

Hit group and ex-X Factor finalists, JLS, have snagged their own one-off special show that will air right after this year’s X Factor final in December.

During the show, they’ll sing all their hit tracks.

A source told The Sun, “JLS are the only boyband anyone is interested in right now. It’s a coup for ITV to sign them.

“If anyone had told the lads two years ago they would be shown on the night of the X Factor finals they would not have believed it.”

In other X Factor news, it seems that as part of this year’s Boot Camp round, Simon has made all the hopefuls take part in a “dance master class” which show choreographer, Brian Friedman has headed up.

On his Twitter page, Brian wrote, “X Factor Boot Camp is almost done…

“I’m dying to see who goes through! “I’m working with the contestants now and am blown away!”

A show insider told The Sun that Simon ordered the classes in order to make the live shows “more excting.”

The source added, “X Factor has always been a singing show, but Simon really wants to find a multi-talented, rounded stage performer.

“Some acts that got through last year, like Stacey Solomon and Jedward, would never have got to this stage. It’s all about raising the standards.

“Simon knows a bit about dancing, but Louis isn’t that clued up. Having Brian and Nicole there is certainly helping.”

And our final bit of news today is that Simon is reportedly being sued by a Britain’s Got Talent wannabe who says Simon “humiliated” her.

The Daily Mail reports that 53-year-old Emma Czikai felt “degraded” after Simon told her, “Emma, Emma, reality check here, it’s not the music; it’s not the microphone; it’s you.”

The paper adds that Emma is now suing for “disability discrimination” since she believes her medical conditions affected her performance.

Speaking at a pre-tribunal review yesterday in London, Emma said, “I am certainly not prepared to be humiliated.

“Because I have these illnesses, singing is all I can do for my future and therefore it is important for me not to have 13 to 20 million people all over the world thinking I cannot sing.

“It is quite upsetting to be regarded as a failure and to be targeted and mocked.

“It was the microphone. It was the music. I have not got a horrible singing voice when I am in a fair environment that meets my disabilities as I proved on Britain’s Got More Talent.”

A representative of Simon’s company, Simco Limited, said that Simon would be opposing Czikai’s right to have a full hearing on the grounds that “Britain’s Got Talent is not an employer and cannot therefore be treated as one.”

More X Factor news soon!

Amanda Holden – not getting any or just plain sad?

News emerged today that BGT judge Amanda Holden has said that if Simon Cowell doesn’t invite her to his stag do, she’ll make sure she’s there anyway…

How? By “jumping naked out of a giant cake.”

So sayeth the Daily Star, and given Holden’s previous drooling over Cowell, I would imagine it’s quite true.

Why she doesn’t just send him a note saying, “Please give me one” I don’t know.

Anywho, she told the paper, “I’m one of the boys when I’m with Simon and Piers [Morgan], so I should definitely be there.

“If Simon reckons I’m not allowed to go, I’ll get naked and jump out of a giant cake to surprise him!”

Oh dear, how very, very sad.

In other news, Britain’s Got Talent winners Spelbound are apparently earning £2,000 a minute for their performances.

The News of the World reports that they’re charging £30,000 “for a 15-minute corporate performance.”

A source told the paper, “Diversity were charging around £25,000 a gig but their value was slashed after Spelbound won.

“Their fee is now between £15,000 and £17,000. So, even though Spelbound are much less experienced, they’re earning twice as much as them.

“There’s huge demand for their act and they’ll make a lot of money over the next year with corporate performances.”


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