Published Monday, 26 May 2014
The good news is Northern Ireland is represented through Irish Dancing group Innova and line dancing collective CountryVive - who boast three members from NI - but the bad news is there is a LOT of great acts in this year's competition.
It would seem the frontrunners at this point are singing/rapping duo Bars & Melody, who have not only wowed audiences in the UK, but were recently showing off their talent in America following an appearance on The Ellen Show.
The judges' golden buzzer acts will no doubt have to prove their worth after getting a free pass to the live shows, Bar & Melody were Simon's choice, while Amanda backed salsa dancing pair Paddy and Nico.
Alesha put forward girlband REAformed and Ant & Dec made their choice with comedian Toju. But it was David's controversial decision to back singer Christian Spridon that will be the most interesting, possibly for the wrong reasons.
There are a few young solo stars who will get the backing of the One Direction generation - namely Bailey McConnell and James Smith - not to mention the older singers, such as Eva Iglesias, who the voting public tend to champion.
Puppets, dancers, comedians, motorbikes, and 'live art' are included in the semi-final line up, so it is safe to say all bases are covered.
And while Simon, Amanda, Alesha and David will be on hand to offer their critique, they aren't really needed at this point as the decisions are now in the hands of the public.
Their purpose now is to sit behind the panel desk and allow the public to critique their fashion choices. They know, we know it.
Every year at this point the judges say it could be anyone's game, that's usually not true, but it could be the case for the current crop of hopefuls with many top quality acts due to take to the BGT stage.
But no matter what happens we can be sure that every person to enter the Britain's Got Talent studio has been checked by security for a six-pack of eggs.
Enjoy the shows!
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