Online auditions for BGT hopefuls

Published Thursday, 05 January 2012
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Gifted guitar players, brilliant balancing acts and clever cats and dogs (and their owners) can show off their abilities to the Britain's Got Talent judges on YouTube for this year's show.

Aspiring winners can upload a video of their skills to the Britain's Got Talent YouTube channel from Thursday in the hope that the online community will give them the thumbs up.

On 6 February, the auditions will be available to view on the video-sharing platform, alongside an exclusive sneak peak of the new judges in action.

It was confirmed earlier this week that former Strictly Come Dancing judge Alesha Dixon and comedian David Walliams would join Simon Cowell and Amanda Holden on the 2012 judging panel, where they hope to find the next Diversity or Paul Potts.

The YouTube audience will have seven days to vote for their favourite acts, and it is hoped the partnership will open the show up to a wider audience.

Elaine Bedell, Director of Entertainment & Comedy said: "We're delighted to be teaming up with them once again as we continue our search for the best of British talent."

Once at the audition round, these acts will need as much star quality as any other auditionee.

They will need to avoid the dreaded buzzers and impress the judging panel to be in with a chance of getting through to the live shows.

The show's Executive Producer Sam Donnelly said they are thrilled to be working with the site again, following a partnership during last year's show.

"YouTube has a huge online community that reaches a diverse range of people of all ages and it's the perfect way of finding the talent of the future," he said.

And in another exclusive, auditions can be seen online before they are broadcast on television for the very first time.

On 18 February, some of the auditions in Birmingham will be aired on YouTube. The site's Content Partnerships Director said: "YouTube is an amazing communication tool, and a great way for ordinary people to reach an audience of many millions. We're pleased to be playing a part in uncovering the brightest and best new talent Britain has to offer."

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