Last night we were treated to a whole lot of British talent. But as compelling as the excellent BBC Young Musician of the Year was… and that other little show …The Voice (*yawn* I’m bored of it now), it was the Britain’s Got Talent live final that most of us had been waiting for.
Despite the format being a bit stale by now and the majority of the talent not being quite up the standard of Subo, Diversity and the third placed saxophonist Julian Smith from 2009, there were some interesting acts in the final and I was eager to see who would come out on top. I even treated myself to a crate of J2O and Tyrell’s crisps for the occasion.
First up was the wild card act, The Mend. I had missed a few shows along the way so this was my first taste of the boy band. I was disappointed- they were alright but sounded nervous and started tentatively. It was nothing new and the sort of act that would get voted out early on in The X Factor.
Next came Sam Kelly. With his cute smile and trademark dimples he gave a good performance, thankfully ignoring Amanda’s advice to do something more “rocky”. His rendition of ‘Bless the Broken Roads’ was beautiful and made more impressive by his equally accomplished guitar playing.
Port Talbot dance troupe Nu Sxool were third and gave a typically energetic performance. I suspect it would have been even better if we could have actually seen their moves. The cameramen must have assumed the audience was incredibly long-sighted, only seeming to show the uniformed youngsters at an extreme distance. Apparently they were good though, getting a standing ovation.
Then came eleven-year-old Molly Rainford singing Beyonce’s version of Ave Maria. I was pleased she was dressed more appropriately for her age and had ditched the semi-final lipstick. Her voice is remarkably mature but hearing her sing adult songs is still a little uncomfortable.
The Loveable Rogues were up next. They are certainly loveable and I like their sound. Their performance of ‘Honest’ was catchy and professional. I would have preferred them to go on X Factor and leave their BGT place for a variety act but they’ve undoubtedly got talent and a bright future.
Latin American dancers, Kai and Natalia danced to a mash up of Saturday Night Fever and Bruno Mars’s Runaway Baby. They were good but didn’t set the stage alight, not helped by a clunky lift and a little stumble at the beginning, perhaps due to an ankle injury sustained by Natalia.
Back out in the car park, Aquabatique swam synchronised-ly in their tank. I was seriously impressed with their London inspired performance and just how together they were in such a small space. As someone whose sole underwater move is a lop-sided forward roll, I can only imagine how hard their routines must be.
Next up was controversial Ryan O’Shaughnessy revisiting his own song ‘No name’. He is undoubtedly a massively talented young singer/song writer but for some reason I just couldn’t get too excited by him. Again I wish he’d gone on the X Factor where he would probably have stormed it.
Male-voice choir Boys Aloud came back stronger than ever. Singing in their native welsh they created some exquisite harmonies. Even David’s Simon with his notoriously hard-heart claimed to be moved by them and Amanda said she’d be proud if they represented Britain to open the Olympics.
The penultimate act of the night was Ashleigh and Pudsey. I’d not seen this adorable pair before but I was won over instantly. Their Mission Impossible routine was slick, fun, ambitious and genuinely thrilling to watch. Plus Pudsey has the cute-factor in spades. He actually looks like he’s dancing, not just following a piece of sausage like all the other ‘dancing dogs’ we see. He is, in fact just following a piece of sausage, but that’s not the point…
The brilliant Jonathan and Charlotte sang ‘The Prayer’ to close the show and the judges agreed it was their best performance. Charlotte’s opening solo sounded slightly nervous but once they came together their sound was breath-taking. It’s hard to believe they are just 16 and 17 years old.
And finally, after a two-and-a-half-hour marathon show…the results…
In no particular order, not in the top three were: Kai and Natalia and Sam Kelly.
Jonathan and Charlotte were in the top three.
Continuing, not in the top three were: Ryan, Molly, The Mend and Nu Sxool
Ashleigh and Pudsey were in the top three.
Aquabatique were not in the top three and nor were *dramatic pause* the Loveable Rogues.
Cue wild applause as Boys Aloud made it to the top three along with Jonathan and Charlotte and Ashleigh and Pudsey.
Their excitement was short lived as it was announced that Boys Aloud had been placed third.
And so, Ashleigh and Pudsey or Jonathan and Charlotte? *very long pause*
IT’S ASHLEIGH AND PUDSEY!
It was a great result and the first time an animal act has won anything in…well..forever. Simon declared his work to be done, as a teary Ashleigh and excited Pudsey struggled to comprehend the money and doggy treats that await them. I look forward to their Variety performance and the Queen will adore them.