Britain's Got Talent: Ant and Dec hit the golden buzzer for teenager Jasmine Elcock
Britain’s Got Talent entrant Jasmine Elcock impressed Ant and Dec enough to become the fourth golden buzzer act of the series.
The 14-year-old, from Essex, moved Ant and judge Alesha Dixon to tears with her emotive rendition of Believe by Cher. Alesha’s fellow judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and David Walliams were also won over by the youngster.
During Jasmine’s audition, Alesha dabbed her eyes with David’s handkerchief, while perennially wisecracking host Ant was seen wiping away tears.
Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden on Britain’s Got Talent (ITV)
Jasmine received a standing ovation, which was followed by Ant and Dec running over to the judging panel to hit the golden buzzer and send the teenager straight into the live shows.
Ant then embraced Jasmine on the stage, telling her: “That was brilliant. I was in tears back there. Fantastic.”
Speaking before her audition, the schoolgirl admitted to nerves.
“I’ve performed in Annie in the West End at about the age of nine or 10, but I really get nervous,” she said. “If I won Britain’s Got Talent, it would be a dream come true.”
Jasmine Elcock (ITV)
In Saturday’s episode, David’s mother Kathleen sat on the panel as a last-minute replacement for a very late Simon.
“I like nice male singers, preferably with their tops off,” she said.
David Walliams’ mother Kathleen joined the judges (ITV)
“Exactly what Simon likes as well,” her son quipped in response.
In addition to critiquing the acts, Simon became part of one.
The TV mogul provided assistance to Ben Blaque, a crossbow performer from Missouri, for the finale of the American’s dangerous act.
Simon rang a bell on the stage so that a blindfolded Ben could hear where to shoot at a target, which set up a chain reaction that eventually pierced an apple on the top of the American’s head.
Simon Cowell with Ben Blaque (ITV)
David joked: “You had an opportunity to kill Simon Cowell and you blew it.”
As Ben received four yesses, Alesha told him: “Ben, you are hot. You take a shot, and you definitely hit the spot.”
Sam and Hector were also daringly impressive (ITV)
Also among the acts through to the next round are Sam, 14, and Hector, 12.
The acrobatic and gymnastics duo from Kent have been performing together for over two years.
“We’re partners, but we’re not brothers,” Hector said before the audition.
“Not partners as in, like, going out. Gymnastics partners,” Sam added to the amusement of the audience.
David Walliams’s mother replaced Simon Cowell for a time on the panel (ITV)
The young pair demonstrated strength and agility and were awarded with four buzzers.ed
Scottish gymnastics act Spartans Resurrection also progressed with four votes from the judges.
Noting their gladiator-inspired attire, Amanda said: “It’s like Game Of Thrones with crash mats.”
Spartans Resurrection received a yes from each judge (ITV)
Classical vocal group Vox Fortis is made up of members Tom, Rodney, Cameron, Elias and Julias.
The quintet, who have been together for just over six months, raised the roof with a rousing rendition of We Will Stand Together, based on Elgar’s Nimrod.
“I like the way that you subtly made the performance get bigger and bigger,” Simon said as Vox Fortis received four yeses.
Vox Fortis performed We Will Stand Together (ITV)
Retired professional ballet dancers Shannon and Peter also won the judging panel’s unanimous approval with their routine to Wings by Birdy.
“It was so beautiful and intimate, I thought, I shouldn’t really be watching this,” said David.
Ystrad Fawr Dancers, a teenage Latin and ballroom dance troupe from Wales, also made it into the next round despite Simon’s criticism of their music tape.
Dance troupe Ystrad Fawr (ITV)
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