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A THAMES/SYCO TV PRODUCTION FOR ITV UNDER STRICT EMBARGO UNTIL 00.01 ON SATURDAY 9TH APRIL 2016. TX01 on Saturday 9th April 2016. BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT coming soon to ITV and ITV2 Picture Shows: JUDGES REACTION TO ALEXANDR MAGALA This Spring, the one and only Britain’s Got Talent is back and celebrating 10 triumphant years of talent. The dream team of judges - Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams - once again take their places on the panel, in search of the most astonishing and exhilarating talent around. They are joined by the nation’s favourite TV duo Ant & Dec, who will be on hand to encourage, congratulate and commiserate the variety of acts whilst guiding the audience through the auditions. With thousands of people applying, viewers can expect to be amazed and astounded by the remarkable line-up of acts competing to be crowned this year’s winner and secure an incredible £250,000 and the opportunity to perform at the Royal Variety Performance 2016. The past decade has seen some of the most exciting and entertaining winners from Paul Potts to Diversity, Ashleigh & Pudsey to Attraction. And it’s not only the winners who have delivered some of our most memorable moments on television; there was singer Susan Boyle, comedian Jack Carroll, magician Darcy Oake and of course, the dog that hypnotised Simon - to name a few. This year’s series is sure to provide many more must see moments.

Britain’s Got Talent Launch Review: Variety Galore

Another Spring, another series of Britain’s Got Talent beckons – but that’s exactly how we like it. The feel-good variety juggernaut comes at precisely the right time of year: trees turn green, flowers turn multicoloured and buzzers turn…red. Or gold.

The series opened a little more subdued that usual, with the traditional flashmob replaced by crafty CGI showing Ant and Dec exploring highlights from the show’s 10-year past. It was a fitting way to celebrate reaching a decade (already?), but lacked the ambition or bombast that swarms of dancers, chirpy tunes and panning camera shots delivered for 4 straight years.

The acts certainly weren’t subdued. A common complaint leveraged at the show is overabundance of singers – but there was (thankfully) a grand total of one singer on tonight’s show. Make no mistake – there was variety galore. The pace was kept snappy, as we were whisked from stand-up comedians to bellydancers to…whatever the Togni Brothers did. It didn’t feel rushed, though, and plenty of time was kept for us to savour the soothing harmonies of the Collaborative Orchestra, or the sheer adorableness of the grooving canine Trip Hazard. Does the dog approve of that moniker?

Adorable…oddly-labelled Trip Hazard wowed the judges

The aforementioned Orchestra helped deliver a trademark surprise moment. Financier Nicholas Bryant posed very convincingly as a solo pianist, before revealing groups of vocalists, violinists and even guitarists hidden in the depths of the crowd. Every year, without fail, BGT manages to deliver shocks where you least expect them – and that’s why we keep watching. The best moment of the night may have been kept until last, where life-risker Alex Magala weaved a sword down his insides before proceeding to intricately balance atop a very tall pole. With the blade still in his windpipe.

Of course there was a golden buzzer moment – reserved for 12 year-old Beau Dermott, whose cover of Wicked’s Defying Gravity earned herself Amanda’s ticket to the live shows. Why wouldn’t it – Mandy is obsessed musical theatre after all. Her debut was refreshingly stripped-back, with the focus kept on her voice as opposed to any emotional tales.

Pitch-perfect…Beau Dermott earned herself 2016’s first golden buzz

Ant and Dec were on solid form too. Armed with more props than ever, TV’s best hosts donned Royal Guard’s wigs, sported tin-foil masks and even morphed into vegetables during ‘Madame Zucchini”‘s ill-fated comedy routine. Their role in the show’s charm is crucial – they keep the tone friendly even when amusing rubbish occupies the stage. Another fail worth highlighting was aptly-surnamed Tony Baloney, who failed to understand that ventriloquists shouldn’t move their mouths. Oops.

So all in all, a roaring start to Talent’s tenth series, bursting at the seams with variety, and without a single sob story in sight. Now let’s hope there’s this broad a range of acts in the next 6 audition episodes! A few suggestions for week 2, Simon – tone down the acts’ holding room scenes, which smell a little contrived, and refrain from using too many Gogglebox-style audience reactions.

Those small niggles aside, boy is it good to have some BGT back on our screens. The next 8 weeks should be a riot!

Written by CelebMix