TEN acts are competing to be crowned as this year’s winner of Britain’s Got Talent.
Apart from scooping the £250,000 prize, the chosen winner of the hit ITV show will also feature on the bill at the Royal Variety Performance.
What time is BGT on tonight?
The Britain’s Got Talent final airs Saturday October 10 at 7.30pm on ITV and STV.
The 14th series ends with a spectacular show, after BGT judges David Walliams, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and Ashley Banjo helped to choose who should go through to the final.
BGT 2020 draws to a close after Amanda Holden continued to make headlines about her eye-popping wardrobe.
This year’s series also saw thousands of complaints to Ofcom about Diversity‘s controversial Black Lives Matter performance.
Simon Cowell, meanwhile, will be out of action for up to six months after back surgery complications.
The Britain’s Got Talent judge, 61, is on high-strength drugs to ease the pain and needs a full-time nurse.
He will not return to the UK until spring and is believed to have been too unwell to record a video message for tonight’s live final.
Who is performing?
There are ten acts facing off in tonight’s BGT final, for an epic almost three-hour long show.
Five finalists chosen by the judges after each semi-final will perform, as well as the five acts put through by the public vote across the series.
Already through are variety act Steve Royle; dancing duo Aaron and Jasmine; magician Magical Bones; comedy singer and performer Jon Courtenay; and stand-up comedian Nabil Abdulrashid.
The remaining acts, who have been selected via a public vote, will be revealed during the programme.
Steve Royle, 51, is a comedian, actor, juggler, and all-round entertainer from Chorley, Lancashire.
David Walliams told him: “I so nearly pushed the golden buzzer for you in the heats, it was one of the funniest performances I have ever seen on this show. You have funny bones and you are a very, very special comedian.”
AARON AND JASMINE:
Sexy dance duo Jasmine and Aaron made it to the final of Britain’s Got Talent with a very saucy dance routine.
One impressed Twitter user wrote: “Ab-SO-Loutley STUNNING performance amazing. Well Done Aaron and Jasmine.”
Another fan of the London dancers added: “Aaron and Jasmine are so good to watch, Jasmine really sets my heart racing.”
Magician Magical Bones was left speechless after three of the four judges voted him through to tonight’s final.
After performing a box trick and then revealing how it was done, Magical Bones then shocked the judges by revealing his girlfriend – who they believed was in Canada and watching as part of the virtual audience – inside the box.
Simon Cowell and the BGT judges were left in tears by Jon Courtenay‘s original song about his late dad, which earned him a firm place in the final.
Courtenay is a 46-year-old musical comedian from Mosley, Manchester.
Ant and Dec stepped in and smashed their Golden Buzzer after judge Ashley Banjo said his performance, “was magical and done so simply. It made me feel so warm inside. You nailed it my friend.”
BGT comic Nabil Abdulrashid was defended on Twitter after he tackled racism in his semi-final set.
Nabil mocked racism in Britain with jibes about white people mistaking him for rapper Big Narstie.
He quipped: “People watching will think that it’s another of one of those Black Lives Matter guys doing jokes about stop and search – no, it’s a joke about being fat. Big Nastie and I are both fat, we just both happen to be black too. Don’t throw in the race card guys!”
All 10 acts have pre-recorded their performances for the final for coronavirus safety reasons.
But the winner, who is chosen by the public, will be announced live.
The BGT final will also feature performances by the combined companies of Les Miserables – The Staged Concert, The Phantom Of The Opera and Mary Poppins.
Some 60 performers will come together to give fans a taste of London’s West End, including Michael Ball, Matt Lucas, Carrie Hope Fletcher, John Owen-Jones, Shan Ako, Killian Donnelly, Zizi Strallen and Charlie Stemp.
The performance coincides with Les Miserables’ 35th birthday and The Phantom Of The Opera’s 34th birthday.
Who are the judges?
It was hoped that head judge Simon Cowell would appear via video link.
But it has now transpired that he will not return to the UK until spring and has been too unwell to even record a video message for tonight’s live final.
Cowell is having intensive physio two months after breaking his back falling from his electric bike.
The music maestro has previously asked Diversity’s Ashley Banjo to step in for him on the show.
BGT’s other judges are Amanda Holden, David Walliams and Alesha Dixon.
The popular show is presented by funny double act Ant & Dec.