By LIZ THOMAS
It's back: Britain's Got Talent returns for a sixth season as acts, including the Fanti Acrobats acrobatic group, impress the judges with their flexible skills
Contortionists, performing pensioners, a Dalek impersonator and the obligatory dancing dog. I can only mean one thing - Britain’s Got Talent is back.
This year the programme is packed with more oddballs and hopefuls than ever before – and that’s just the presenters’ view.
Simon Cowell has increased the number of finalists going through to the live shows to 45, which will mean nine acts on each programme.
Pixie Le Knot lived up to her name with her contortionist act as the crowd watched on in amazement...
Among those vying for a chance to perform at the Royal Variety Show and win the £100,000 cash prize are a man with a saucepan on his head imitating a Dalek and a girl group with light-up underwear.
Hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly said this year’s crop had some of the most ‘bizarre’ acts they had ever seen.
Mr Donnelly said: ‘There was someone who played their teeth. It was very bizarre. You think you have seen it all but you haven’t. We also had our first female impersonator – it is a woman performing as a drag act.’
The new Flawless? This year, Simon Cowell has increased the number of finalists going through to the live shows to 45, meaning nine acts on each programme
There is also a dancing dog troupe called Cleverpawz Pugs and Barockestra, a group of dancers and singers that transform classical pieces into rock productions.
OAP band The Zimmers, a group made up entirely of over-70s, is also tipped for success after impressing the judges.
The elderly pop act have already had some success when their version of The Who’s My Generation reached No.26 in the charts in 2007.
Birmingham auditionees: Dancers such as Barockestra will finally get their moment as fans gear up to see the new series on screens
Cowell said: ‘I am really happy to be back on the Britain’s Got Talent judging panel. I wasn’t sure at first but now I have got stuck in I feel connected and I think the talent is better. I love the judging panel this year.’
Miss Holden recently revealed that the Duchess of Cambridge and other Royals are fans of the ITV1 show.
Flexible: Gymnast Kaylin will be among the new set of contestants set to wow viewers from this Saturday on ITV
Mister Meredith: The London entertainer was among the first to perform in front of the new look judging panel
New panel: Cowell has been joined by Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams for the new series as they judge the talent on offer
ITV and the BBC had been embroiled in a bitter battle for Saturday night audiences as both their big entertainment shows launch on Saturday March 24 – but have now agreed a truce.
Bosses decided to reschedule Britain’s Got Talent at the 11th hour to avoid a clash with BBC1’s new show, The Voice.
ITV has moved BGT to 8pm while The Voice will start on BBC1 at 7pm, limiting what had looked set to be a major overlap between the two shows to just 20 minutes.