He’s known for his stand offish behaviour and mean demeanour.
But it seems Simon Cowell finally cracked on Saturday night as he was moved to tears thanks to shadow theatre group Attraction.
And it seems it wasn’t only the music mogul that was won over as the public voted the act the winner of the fifth semi-final.
Winners! Shadow theatre group Attraction won Saturday night’s show after the public voted for them
Overwhelmed: The last act came in the form of Attraction, which overwhelmed the judges so much Simon and Amanda were reduced to tears
Something in your eye, Simon? Cowell admitted it had really moved him and thanked them for choosing to come on Britain’s Got Talent over any other TV shows
Both Amanda and even Simon Cowell (yes, you read that right) gave way to tears.
A stunned David told them after they finished their shadow theatre act: ‘It was quite literally the most beautiful thing we’ve seen on Britain’s Got Talent.’
Alesha agreed: ‘Game over.. that is it. You are the one act. That was incredible,’ with Amanda gushing as she commented on making Cowell cry: ‘You made Simon cry. It’s just remarkable how something so simple and so beautiful can strike in your heart in seconds.
‘I didn’t think you could top your first performance but you did.’
Celebrations: The Hungarian group were ecstatic when their name was called out at the end of the results show
Joining them: Singer Jordan O’Keefe was also put through after it was taken to deadlock by the judges and taken back to the viewers vote
Ecstatic: Jordan’s delight was clear as he was told he would be returning for the live final next week
‘Beautiful’: All four judges littered them with praise once they had completed their performance
She’s a fan: Amanda also gushed about the act as they applauded the performers on stage
And Simon rounded off the comments, hailing them as huge stars: ‘I am absolutely honoured you chose this show to show your talent. I genuinely feel privileged… it really moved me.’
Well aware it could be a controversial win for Britain’s Got Talent seem as they’re from Hungary, the lead artist told Ant and Dec: ‘We’d like to thank the British public, we really appreciate it.’
But while they won the show and public vote overall, there was one more place to be taken in next week’s final – and it was down to the judges to decide.
The public had placed singer Jordan O’Keefe and ventriloquist Steve Hewlett in the top three.
While David and Amanda voted for Steve, Alesha and Cowell opted to save Jordan – meaning it was down to the public vote once more.
Who’s it going to be? The rest of the acts were said goodbye to as the realisation hit home
Popular: Singer Jordan O’Keefe impressed as he sang an acoustic version of Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You
Heartfelt: All four judges were won over by the singer, who five months ago was studying business studies
And it was Jordan who came out triumphant.
Up until now the wannabe musician followed his father’s guidance and studied business.
But he certainly showed off his true colours on stage as he stood with his guitar and chose a risky Whitney Houston track, I Will Always Love You.
Although he needn’t have worried as he won over the whole auditorium.
Comic: Ventriloquist Steve Hewlett even managed to win a skeptical Simon Cowell over with his act
Cowell gushed: ‘Jordan, I’ve got to be honest… when I first realised what that song was I thought that was either a really stupid thing to do or a really brilliant thing to do… and actually it was a really brilliant thing to do.’
He continued to the relieved musician: ‘I like people to come out and take a risk. I’ve never heard someone sing that song like that, especially with a guitar. This could take you to the final.’
David reiterated: ‘I’m sure you made your dad very proud. That could be a hit record I’m sure, with Alesha telling him: ‘That gave me chills, I would buy it. I think you’re fantastic.’
Is that you Simon? As an extra treat for his second audition Steve brought out a miniature version of Cowell
Who’s the dummy? Cowell seemed bemused by the act but [praised Steve for winning him over compared to his first audition
Arthur Lager: Alesha cooed when he brought out his famed ventriloquist dummy on the night
But ventriloquist Steve Hewlett, who made the audience laugh as he brought out a mini version of Simon Cowell and did some impressions of the music mogul, still made his mark.
After his performance Alesha told him: ‘You’re naturally funny – I loved you in the first audition and I think you did even better tonight.’
And he even managed to win over a skeptical Simon: ‘I came into it not looking forward to it but I take that back, you did much better congratulations.’
But it wasn’t all applauds and pats on the back for the acts.
It’s a show known for its weird and zany acts, although with it being the last of the five semi-finals on Saturday night Simon Cowell would have no doubt been hoping for only the best of the best.
But the music mogul was instead left bemused and even disappointed with some of the performances the judges had to endure on the fifth of the semi finals.
In particular it was oddball 80s fanatic Maarty Broekman who stood out the most, and got slated the most, as he showed off his whirlwind of a performance.
Dividing opinion: Maarty Broekman dismayed Simon Cowell with his mayhem of a performance on the fifth semi-final on Saturday night
The excitable wannabe promised mayhem with his audition, and that he certainly gave.
But it left Simon buzzing to get him off and simply saying: ‘I mean seriously… What the bl**dy hell was that?.
He continued: ‘Everything was out of tune. It’s not part of the charm. You hit all the wrong notes, you actually couldn’t have made it worse if you tried.’
Crowd pleaser: Maarty’s name was chanted by the excited crowd following his act but Simon slated his performance
Not impressed: Simon Cowell was quick to buzz Maarty out as the rest of the judges danced along to his act
Giving it his all: Maarty sang his heart out as he played his instrument while running around the stage
Although it seems there were a few hundred people disagreeing with the show boss as the audience even chanted Maarty’s name as he grinned widely after finishing his act.
And Amanda Holden was certainly won over: ‘I’m a little bit in love with you. I think it was an amazing performance. You’re like Adam Sandler in The Wedding Singer.’
Although Alesha seemed slightly on the fence and commented: ‘Maarty I genuinely don’t know what to say. Thank you for my letter and thank you for putting on the most barking performance of the week.’
Loving it: David and Amanda enjoyed his performance so much they even got up out of their seats to dance around
Good spirit: Simon might have buzzed but he couldn’t help but grin as David danced behind him
David agreed, although with a tongue in cheek jokey tone: ‘I loved it. I understand great music when I hear it. You’re fun, you are sexy.’
But he wasn’t the only one to divide opinion as Rob’s Duelling Pianos also left the four judges somewhat underwhelmed.
Although Rob was given some kudos as he had decided to go ahead with his audition despite his performance partner, and best friend of 15 years, Craig dropping out.
Not off to a flying start: Keyboard act Rob’s Duelling Piano’s received buzzes from Simon and Alesha, but had braved coming on stage after his musician partner quit the act
Underwhelming: Rob was praised for braving coming on stage on his own but received bad comments for his talents
They had performed together during the first audition and managed to make it through but Craig decided he wasn’t sure he wanted to go on Britain’s Got Talent again.
So Rob set about the zany performance on his own as he enthusiastically played his instruments around the stage.
Half way through both Simon and Alesha buzzed to display their lack of interest.
Alesha told him: ‘I admire you for taking part seem as your friend let you down, but it didn’t sound that good.
Walliams’ favourites: The Glambassadors brightened up proceedings with their enthusiastic performance
Energetic: They showed off their routine to great effect, receiving thumbs up from all of the judges (even Simon)
High kicks: They brought fun to the stage and smiles to the judges’ faces during their second audition on Saturday
Cowell reiterated and even lost is though as he was so astounded: ‘Rob you are gutsy, I give you that. You’re also mad as this is the craziest act I’ve sen on Britain’s Got Talent and I kind of know now why Craig didn’t turn up… but I do admire you for turning up and I’ve never seen so many crazy things in one piece of music.’
But Walliams was slightly kinder: ‘It was fun, it was a bit bonkers and that’s what I love.’
Another quirky act also took to the stage on Saturday night but received a far better reception.
And it’s no surprise as David Walliams was a huge fan of the Glambassadors when they first stepped on stage for their first audition earlier in the year.
The camp all male act gave an energetic performance full of glitz and fun – and Walliams of course was delighted with what he saw.
Simon cooed: ‘It was so much better than the first audition, I liked the choices of songs… and I haven’t seen David smile like this all week long so for that I thank you.’
Amanda told them: ‘That was absolutely glamtastic… no offence but I think they’ve out done us on outfits tonight Alesha.’
But that didn’t deter Alesha, who added: ‘You put on a real show from start to finish. I can see a real future for you.’
Impressive: Singer Aliki was hailed the new Katherine Jenkins with her beautiful rendition as she sang into the microphone
Winning them over: Aliki couldn’t even write or talk a few years ago but has overcome her issues to break into singing
Opera singer Aliki also stunned with her voice.
Just a few years ago she couldn’t read, write or even walk bit on Saturday night she oozed glamour in a floorlength white dress as she showed off her stunning vocal ability.
And Cowell was so astounded he’s dubbed her the new Katherine Jenkins.
They’re back! During the results show last year’s winners Ashley and Pudsey came on to do a routine to Michael Jackson’s Thriller
Doing what they do best: Ashley and Pudsey were given a rapturous applause as they were welcomed back with opened arms
He told the pretty blonde: ‘I was not expecting that from you tonight, you are stunning, beautiful, humble. What’s interesting is, with Katherine Jenkins taking a big dip at the moment maybe your time has come.’
Walliams added: ‘You are like an angel sent from heaven. You are perfect and you were a star tonight,’ while Alesha agreed: ‘You are such an inspiration. I hope this is the beginning of a long career for you, because you are special.
Girl power: Dance troupe CEO dancers wowed with their African vibes as they opened the show
Flamboyant: The girls were hailed as the best opening act of the semi finals this week after their dance
A group of gospel singers were also on the hit list for the judges.
Incognito, which consists of 13 singers, belted out their fun loving Happy Days track.
Working it: Cowell was clearly a fan of the three girls as he praised them over and over again
And Amanda certainly loved it: ‘That was another biblical performance. I loved how you all individually were singing the harmonies at the top were exquisite, joyful and uplifting.’
Even Simon lightened his mood after watching their performance: ‘You know what, you want me to want to be nice. You put me in a good mood. You are incredibly talented. I’m converted.’
David quipped: ‘I’m high on the lord, if this was what church was like when I was a kid I would still be religious,’ while Alesha summarised: ‘You brought the soul to Britain’s Got Talent and I love that… that was fantastic, well done.’
They’ve got soul: Gospel singers Incognito lightened the mood with their fun choir skills
Four thumbs up: Cowell told them he was ‘converted’ as they belted out their Happy Days track
Taking centre stage: Amanda Holden saved the best until last as she dazzled on stage at the Britain’s Got Talent live semi-finals on Saturday night alongside co-judge Alesha Dixon
Judgement day: Saturday night marked the final round of the live BGT semi-finals
And it wouldn’t be Britain’s Got Talent without at least one dance act.
CEO Dancers gave a stellar opening performance with their African vibe and sexy moves.
An impressed Simon gushed: ‘That was not only the best opening we’ve had, but actually the best dance act we’ve had on the show so far. I’ll tell you why because it’s so current… I actually could wake up to that every morning. I literally want to hire you just to do that.’
BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT’S FINALISTS
Jack Carroll – Comedian
Jordan O’Keefe – Singer
Francine Lewis – Impressionist
Luminites – Singers
Attraction – Shadow dancers
Gabrielle Gardiner – Singer/songwriter
Club Town Freaks – Singer/dancers
Pre Skool – Dancers
Asanda Jezile – Singer
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