NI's Got Talent

Published Monday, 28 April 2014
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The first batch of Britain's Got Talent auditions from Belfast were aired on UTV on Saturday and while there were some strange displays of 'talent' on offer, the Innova Irish Dance Company saved the day.

The show made a big deal of introducing the Belfast auditions to the UK as this was the first time BGT paid a visit to our shores and so hopes were high that Belfast could deliver.

With a brush in hand, Tipperary's Oliver Moroney was the first to venture on stage to show the judges they had made an excellent decision in crossing the Irish Sea.

Well, he wasn't terrible....

He just wasn't that great either and it was possibly at this point Northern Ireland collectively thought: "Oh dear, what have they done..."

It didn't get any better when Holywood's Gary James arrived on stage to wow the judges, though there was amusement to be found in his extremely long preparation time behind a box which was positioned on stage.

Some might have worried that he had succumbed to nerves and was simply hiding from the audience until host Declan Donnelly tentatively walked on stage to make sure he was OK.

Gary's audition eventually got under way as he broke into a Del Boy from Only Fools And Horses impression.

He wasn't great...

Good effort though Gary, good effort.

The Rock and Roll Street Stars came all the way from Cork for their audition and I honestly cannot tell you what it was all about. I also suspect they had no idea either.

Dubliner John Power made the trip to Belfast to introduce everyone to 'Anger Man' - but, despite the fact that there was a severe lack of talent in this act, I've seen more anger from my mum when an episode of Coronation Street failed to record.

Spirits were low and local pride was beginning to wane when the Innova Irish Dance Company took to the stage.

Britain's Got Talent couldn't come to Belfast and not see at least one Irish dance act and this was one to behold as the north coast girls entertained and wowed with their contemporary take on traditional Irish dance.

At last there was a smile on Simon Cowell's face as he declared the group the reason he wanted to come to Belfast.

Viewers will now have to wait to see how the girls progress through the competition, but hopes are high for the group to make it to the live semi-finals.

No doubt we will see more great local acts throughout the audition stage of this year's Britain's Got Talent and they will be every bit at talented and entertaining as Innova.

But let's also welcome the locally-based awful acts, because we all love it when someone acts like a complete eejit.

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Jackie Bell
Jackie Bell

Jackie joined UTV to report on all things entertaining, having previously worked in radio.

She spends her days covering stories from This Morning, Coronation Street and Emmerdale, with the occasional stop at the X Factor, Britain's Got Talent and Dancing on Ice.

In her spare time she enjoys reading, going to the cinema to see whatever is on offer and watching the X Factor (which worked out quite nicely considering her job).

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