BRITAIN’S Got Talent is back on our TV screens with a brand new format and fans and bookmakers alike are eager to see who’ll be crowned the ultimate champion of champions.
Here’s who the bookies’ reckon are in with a chance of winning Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions…
Who will win Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions?
Fans are eager to see who will be crowned the ultimate champion of champions in the new series.
2/1 – Alexa Lauenburger
The 11-year-old German contestant, who previously won her country’s version of BGT, bagged herself a place in the grand final in week two.
She performed with her eight dogs, involving flips, tricks and dances.
Her routine wowed hosts Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, who awarded her the Golden Buzzer.
15/2 – Ben Hart
Ben came third in the 13th series of Britain’s Got Talent in 2019.
He first auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent on May 11, 2019 where he wowed the judges with his disappearing act and got four yeses from the judges.
He stormed his way through the semi-final and received the most public votes, winning him a place in the grand final on June 2, 2019.
In 2014 Ben wrote and starred in Killer Magic on BBC Three which was awarded Best Non-Competitive Reality Show at the National Reality Television Awards.
Then in 2016, Ben starred in Ben Hart’s Life Hacks also on BBC Three, the first episode of which was directed by Matt Edmondson
He also had a regular slot on BBC One show Now You See It which was hosted by Mel Giedroyc.
4/1 – Twist and Pulse
Twist and Pulse are a dance duo from London who came runners-up in the fourth series of BGT in 2010.
The act is comprised of Ashley Glazebrook aka Twist and Glen Murphy aka Pulse.
Since losing out to Spelbound in the final, the dance duo have gone on to appear on a host of TV shows including Let’s Dance for Comic Relief and Celebrity Juice to name a few.
4/1 – Darcy Oake
Darcy is an illusionist from Canada.
In his audition for BGT 2014, he impressed both the judges and the audience, to the extent that Simon Cowell said he was “without question the best magician ever on Britain’s Got Talent.”
That same year he had his own ITV show called Darcy Oake: Edge of Reality, which was hosted by Christine Lampard.
5/1 – Kseniya Simonova
It was all about the overseas acts in week one of Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions, with Kseniya Simonova nabbing the Golden Buzzer, courtesy of Amanda Holden.
The former winner of Ukraine’s Got Talent put on an incredible show, dedicated to the sick children she works with, in a moving sand art performance.
After Amanda pressed the Golden Buzzer for Kseniya, the mother-of-two said that talent comes in all shapes and sizes – even with the simple use of sand.
“Your sort of quiet skill requires no language, no nothing,” she shared.
“This is the champion of champions, with all nationalities, we’re going across the world. Your performance, nothing needed explaining, you did it all with just sand.”
Simon Cowell admitted he would have pressed the Golden Buzzer after being moved by Kseniya’s touching performance.
6/1 – Mersey Girls
The all-female dance group beat the likes of BGT 2018 winner Lost Voice Guy in week two to win a spot in the final.
They were announced as being in the top three with Italy’s Got Talent winner Antonio Sorgentone and America’s Got talent winner and ventriloquist Paul Zerdin.
But the girl group came out on top in the superfan vote.
For dancer Julia Carlile, who was told she may never dance again due to her scoliosis, this was, of course, the icing on the cake.
8/1 – Paddy & Nico
In 2014, Paddy and Nico competed in the eighth series of Britain’s Got Talent, where they finished ninth overall.
They were awarded the coveted Golden Buzzer by Amanda Holden.
The dancing duo consist of Paddy who is 85-years-old and Nico, who is 40 years younger at 45.
Paddy is the current Guinness World Record holder for the Oldest Acrobatic Salsa Dancer.
10/1 – Bello and Annaliese Nock
Bello and Annaliese Nock spun around on The Wheel of Death and straight into the final in week one with their electrifying and daring act.
Their mixture of humour and danger were a big hit with fans of the show.
The two originally appeared on America’s Got Talent, so Simon would have already been familiar with their work prior to seeing their shock performance on stage.
While Bello and Annaliese didn’t get the Golden Buzzer, they were placed in the top three along with two other BGT veterans – Boogie Storm and Ashleigh and Sully.
But the American father and daughter act got the nod in the superfan vote.
Fans must already be wondering how they are going to top their first performance.
10/1 – DM-X
DM-X is a dance troupe, which competed on Pilipinas Got Talent and were confirmed for Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions in August 2019.
On the official Facebook page the group was described as “fiercest”, which was followed by a video of them performing an energetic dance routine.
14/1 – Stavros Flatley
Stavros Flately won the nation’s hearts with their comical Greek version of Michael Flatley’s Lord Of The Dance on BGT in 2009[/caption]
The lovable duo – Demi Demetriou and son Lagi – won the nation’s hearts with their comical Greek version of Michael Flatley’s Lord Of The Dance in Britain’s Got Talent 2009.
Their unique dancing saw them all the way to the final and prompted Simon Cowell to comment: “Can I just say, this is one of my favourite ever dance acts.”
Videos of their performances attracted over ten million hits on YouTube and numerous fan groups started to pop up on Facebook.
Despite their popularity, the pair ended up in fourth place behind Susan Boyle, Diversity and saxophonist Julian Smith.
Since they charmed everyone with their affectionate bond on the show, the pair toured round Britain in a campervan to take their performance on the road.
Lagi even took a year out of school for the road trip, and the pair earned around £3,500 per performance and sometimes did four gigs a week.
The pair have done their routines at more than 300 events in the UK and performed at Butlins, Glastonbury, for the England cricket team and in countries such as France, China, Australia, Germany and Greece.
They also released a book called How To Be A Little Bit Greek and hosted an MTV show.
16/1 – Vicki Barbolak
The comedian performed on America’s Got Talent in 2018 and transformed the finale into a swimsuit contest.
She has performed stand-up for 20 years and wowed judges – Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Mel B, Howie Mandel – with her act in September, 2018.
20/1 – Daliso Chaponda
Daliso Chaponda is a 39-year-old stand-up comedian from Manchester and is originally from Malawi.
The funny man had the audience in stitches on Britain’s Got Talent 2017, with Amanda awarding him the prestigious golden buzzer.
During the semi-final stage he beat off stiff competition from Jamie Lee Harrison and Lords of Strut to secure a place in the final.
When is Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions on TV?
The BGT spin-off came to our screens on Saturday, August 31, at 8pm.
The series will run for six weeks, with the show likely to end on October 5, 2019.
Constants and judges filmed the final at Wembley Arena at the end of July and accidentally revealed the winner.
The act who won the contest showed off their trophy outside the arena after the grand finale was shot.
However, we will not spoil it for you by revealing their identity but if you do care to know who won the show, a simple Twitter search will bring up the answer in no time.
What is Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions?
In February 2019, Simon Cowell laid out his four-year grand plan to overhaul his biggest TV brands exclusively to The Sun.
The show will feature winners, finalists and other successful contestants from Britain’s Got Talent and other international franchises of the series.
They will compete against each other for spots in a championship final.
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Who are the Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions judges?
Simon Cowell, David Walliams, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden judge the long list of acts in this revamped series.
Speaking ahead of the series premiere, Simon said: “I love the idea that we could do something which is different.
“Having done the American show, it’s a very different kind of competition between an international act entering your main show and then representing their country on Champions.
“There is a very different mindset.”
Meanwhile, veteran judge Amanda added: “This show is the cream of talent from around the world. So there’s nothing stupid, there’s nothing to criticise, there’s nothing that needs particularly any direction.
“It’s all polished, we kind of all just sit back and enjoy ourselves. The acts are all ridiculously good, there’s nothing we can say to make them any better!
“But we tried and of course we each had our own Golden Buzzer including Ant & Dec. It was weird, but delightful situation to be in!”