The 40 acts who will take part in the 2011 Britain's Got Talent semi-finals have been revealed following the final auditions show on Sunday night. The lucky 40 were whittled down from 220 who were put through to the next round at the audition stage - with judges Amanda Holden, Michael McIntyre and David Hasselhoff faced with some difficult decisions. And for the first time ever on the show, they asked eight of the acts to perform once again to enable them to fill the final four spots in the semi-final. The live semi-final shows begin on Monday night at 7.30pm and will continue all week right through to next Saturday's final. And Simon Cowell will also be returning to the judging panel for the shows. The 40 semi-finalists are as follows: The Celtic Colleens Dance Angels Wachiraporn Tirpak Lorna Bliss Bruce Sistaz Up and Over It Pippa Langhorne and Buddy Jai McDowall Angela Richens and Teddy Antonio 'Popeye' Francis Michael Collings Mr and Mrs Follow The Right Path David Penn and Karen Tomkins Herbie Armstrong Steven Hall Mexican Mayhem Gay and Alan Cooper Jessica Hobson Paul Gbegbaje Ronan Parke James Hobley The Entertainator Ted and Grace Jay Worley Abyss Razy Gogonea Les Gibson Donelda Guy Nathan Wyburn Marawa The Amazing New Bounce Jean Martyn Out Of The Blue Girls Roc Joe Oakley Edward Reid Two And A Half Men Enchantment The Circus Of Horrors
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