Who will be crowned the greatest contestant of all time when former BGT champions go head to head?
Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions, Saturday 31 August, 8pm, ITV/HD (CH 103/113). Also available for 7 days in Catch Up > Channels > ITV Hub
It’s TV’s ultimate talent show – and now it’s looking for the ultimate champion. Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions is ready to welcome back a whole host of unforgettable contestants from the past 12 years as it searches for the best of the best.
In this special series, past winners and memorable finalists from Britain and around the world will be going head to head over six episodes to see who really is the greatest of them all. Participants from the UK include singer Paul Potts, dancer George Sampson, comedian Lost Voice Guy, 2019 winner Colin Thackeray and of course Stavros Flatley (no introduction necessary, we hope).
In the judges’ chairs, light-entertainment overlord Simon Cowell will be joined by Amanda Holden, David Walliams and Alesha Dixon in helping to decide the finalists from the seriously talented line-up. The overall winner of the show will walk away with a top prize of £100,000 and, obviously more importantly, the prestige of being champion of champions.
Fancy yourself as a future Britain’s Got Talent winner? Taking former stars as inspiration, we have analysed the performances, crunched the numbers and sat through hours of re-runs to find a common thread among champions. Here are some tips if you want to go all the way…
Want to give yourself a solid chance of winning? Then consider making 50% of your act canine – you’d be barking mad not to. It worked for Ashleigh Butler, who stormed to victory in series 6 with her performing dog Pudsey. Then in series 9, Jules O’Dwyer and border collie Matisse were crowned champions.
Few things captivate an audience and get the judges purring like an incredible, spine-tingling singing voice. We are of course talking about Paul Potts, the winner of the first series (Susan Boyle finished second to Diversity in series 3 – get over it), singer-songwriter Jai McDowall from series 5, and male voice group Collabro who won series 8. Belt out a bit of opera or “Love Changes Everything” and you’ll be in with a shot of taking the top prize.
George Sampson (series 2), Diversity (series 3) and Spelbound (series 4) all proved that flexible limbs and a bit of choreography can lead to glory. Think you look good throwing shapes on the dancefloor at your cousin’s wedding after a couple of shandies? Then go show the world you’re the next Fred Astaire!
Served for Queen and country? That should stand you in good stead. Lance Corporal Richard Jones (series 10) stormed to victory with his magic act, while singing ex-serviceman Colin Thackeray (series 13) warmed the nation’s hearts as recently as June – becoming the show’s oldest ever winner at 89. Gentlemen, we salute you!
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