Stephen talks about the last round of live auditions on BGT
Without question, I think Saturday night’s show is the best show we have done over the last five years – I’ll tell you why, it’s because it’s the last audition show and we’ve just gone to town, using all the best audition acts and best bits that people haven’t seen.
So this week we had a girl called Jenny Rothwell and she came on dressed as a cat sings Crazy Cats(?!). The thing is, she was an absolutely massive Ant and Dec fan – but as she auditions she sees Ant and Dec in the wings grimacing and holding their heads in shame – so after the audition she decided she’s not their number one fan anymore and instead...she came to me! Soooo yep, I’ve taken her, she’s now my number one fan - Ant and Dec's loss is my gain!
We also had a young impersonator this week, he’s maybe about 20 quite young and he’s brilliant. His best impression is Michael Macintyre, so he performed this to Michael, which freaked Michael out hugely which was great to watch.
Possibly my all time favourite from this series – a guy called Bobby Button. Now Bobby button (it’s his real name by the way!) is about 25 stone, and his talent is to do forward rolls. So what happened, just so you know – was he did his audition on ITV1 and the judges say ‘No’ and the audience all start chanting ‘Bobby’, ‘Bobby’, and the judges realised they had made a mistake because he obviously went down exceptionally well! So they brought him back on the stage and he did another really quick forward roll and they put him through. So... on ITV2 we don’t normally use the acts you see on ITV1 because we don’t want people to have to watch the same acts – but because he was so funny and so good, we asked him to come on our show too! And, we asked him to do, what we called... the ‘Bobby Double’! So he does a double forward roll really fast and I thought at the end of it his face was going to explode!!!
Who else have we got? Oh you also don’t want to miss Mr. Remarkable Man! He, with the help of Dec, stands on his head, and Dec holds his legs so he doesn’t fall over. Then, with his mouth, this guy blows up hot water bottles to the point where he can burst them! Honestly, you wouldn’t imagine it was possible – and he said he is the only person in the UK that can do it! And not only that, he blows up about three of them, one after the other, how his lips don’t just combust it’s unbelievable!
We also had Alan Reid who says he’s a shuffler, but he was just horrendous to be quite honest with you. So we put him to the test; we sent him to the other end of the arena to see if he could shuffle all the way back to myself in just 15 seconds – and he did it because he is exceptionally fast at what he does – but it's what he does at the end of the shuffle challenge that will really make people laugh.
Finally – a guy who combines ‘human’ with ‘technology’ to create what he called ‘The Robot Man’ –so he went to get ready and when he came back he had just drawn a robot face on a big paper bag which he wears on his head and it goes over his shoulders?! The thing was, he has clearly had this bag for over 4 or 5 years because it was horrendous! I made that fatal mistake of asking to try it on but no sooner had I tried it on, believe me, it came off, it absolutely stank!!
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