Britain’s Got Talent, the show that brought us singing sensation Susan Boyle and dancing dog Pudsey, rolled into Birmingham at the weekend for three days of auditions in front of those notoriously fierce celebrity judges.
Fans queued up outside the ICC for hours in the freezing conditions, the judges waltzed in on a red carpet and nervous performers waited in the wings.
The theatre was transformed into the famous set, with the four seats for judges Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and David Walliams taking centre stage.
Cowell’s chair was fitted with its very own booster seat to make him just that bit taller than the other judges, to presumably make it clear who is the boss.
It was however, 41-year-old Amanda Holden’s exceptionally short royal blue 60s style mini-dress which attracted the most attention, particularly when swung round on her chair to talk to the audience.
The judges however did not disappoint, there was banter, quips, put downs and sympathy for the acts.
Cowell, aged 53 was on top form with his criticism and was not in the mood to witness mediocrity.
Holden showed her maternal side when she took to a nervous young singer and handed him a glass of water to help him through, whilst Dixon was consistently positive and encouraging to the majority of the performers.
Walliams was however, the most entertaining and proved why he has a place on the judging panel. Like last series he continued to refer to Cowell as “my Simon” and exchanged quips and banter with the other judges.
The one disappointment of the auditions, was the lack of Ant and Dec. The cheeky Geordie presenters were tucked away in the wings with the acts, and so the audience barely got a glimpse of the famous pair.