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Britain’s Got Talent 2022 LATEST: Busker Maxwell Thorpe STUNS BGT judges Simon Cowell & Amanda Holden with opera song

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BUSKER Maxwell Thorpe left the Britain's Got Talent judges speechless last night after performing classic operatic song Caruso.

The 32-year-old from Sheffield revealed he has been performing on the streets for the past 10 years and that sometimes he would be "singing to people that aren't listening".

After admitting to feeling nervous before his BGT audition, Maxwell delivered a powerful rendition of the operatic song, which received roaring applause and a standing ovation from the audience and judges.

The unassuming singer dressed in a jumper and baseball cap appeared overwhelmed as judges Amanda Holden, David Walliams and Alesha Dixon literally sang his praises and gave him four yeses.

Simon Cowell said: "Maxwell, that was extraordinary. Seriously, you're so shy and quiet and then that happened. Your passion and obviously your voice and just you, I thought made it incredible.

"It was like one of those movies. This wasn't supposed to happen and it was brilliant. Amazing."

Read our Britain's Got Talent live blog below for the latest updates...

  • Explained: Who are the past BGT winners?

    BRITAIN’S Got Talent is back for a fifteenth series, with competitors across the country battling to become the 2022 champ.

    Here are some of the past winners:

    • Paul Potts – 2007
    • George Sampson – 2008
    • Diversity – 2009
    • Spelbound – 2010
    • Jai McDowell – 2011
    • Ashleigh and Pudsey – 2012
    • Attraction – 2013
    • Collabro – 2014
    • Jules O’Dwyer & Matisse – 2015
    • Richard Jones – 2016
    • Tokio Myers – 2017
    • Lost Voice Guy – 2018
    • Colin Thackery – 2019
    • Jon Courtenay – 2020

    Read more about the acts here.

  • More on the judges

    Simon Cowell – The judge everybody loves to hate, Simon Cowell, has made a comeback for this series of Britain’s Got Talent.
    As Simon Cowell’s production company SyCo is the team behind the show, it was guaranteed that Simon would be back.

    Amanda Holden – To the delight of viewers, the star will grace our screens every Saturday night for another series.
    Amanda Holden has been a firm fixture on the show since the first series and has become a household name.

    Alesha Dixon – Alesha Dixon is back to judging the new series of Britain’s Got Talent.
    She joined the panel back in 2012 and quickly became a fan favourite.

    David Walliams – Funnyman David Walliams is back as the final judge of the series.
    The actor and comedian is known for his camp humour and for annoying Simon Cowell.

  • BGT episodes are available on ITV Hub

    Episodes will be available on the ITV Hub after each episode has aired.

    As always the BGT champion will walk away with a huge cash prize of £250,000 and spot on bill of the Royal Variety Performance.

    The reigning champ from 2020 is comedy singer Jon Courtenay.

    Of course, Geordie comedy duo Ant and Dec will host the talent competition once again.

  • Love Island fans all say the same thing as first look at new series airs during Britain’s Got Talent

    LOVE Island fans were beside themselves as the first look at the upcoming season aired during last week’s Britain’s Got Talent.

    The dating show phenomenon will start again next month and the unexpected teaser delighted fans.

    It showed claymation scene featuring a person swimming in the pool doing ‘salmon dives’.

    The teaser also paid homage to Millie Court’s iconic moment last season when she played the keyboard and instantly became a meme.

    Declaring “Love we own it”, the teaser also played the series’ recognisable cutaway music, to the delight of fans watching at home.

    “Love Island must be back we all know that tune,” tweeted one person.

    Another added: “Just seen the first advert that love island is coming back soon…. And I’m absolutely here for it.”

    “Just heard that magical noise of summer…”

  • BGT denies recycling contestants

    BRITAIN’S Got Talent bosses have denied allegations the show is ‘recycling’ contestants from other shows – including old BGT episodes.

    An investigation by The Sun found that of the sixty acts whose auditions have been screened on ITV this year.

    A BGT spokesman said: “All acts enter the competition with the hope of elevating their career to the highest level and help to reach massive new audiences which Britain’s Got Talent brings in”.

  • Declan Donnelly forced to leave stage as act ‘makes him throw up’

    The 46-year-old TV legend looked like he was going to throw up during a hilarious pole-dancing performance from David Walliams.

    This clip, which ends with Walliams confidently stating: “There we go”. Left fans in stitches as it was shared on social media.

    Meanwhile, Ant and Dec were left impressed, captioning the video: “It’s a no from us 🤢😂.”

  • Alesha Dixon’s golden moment with young dancer Skylar Blu

    Dixon also had her Golden Moment during the programme when she went to surprise seven-year-old Skylar Blu at her dance studio to invite her to audition at the London Palladium.

    The young dancer delivered an emotive contemporary routine to Footprints In The Sand by Leona Lewis which saw her perform pirouettes and split leaps.

    Dixon said: “It is such a big deal at seven years old performing on this huge stage in front of all of these people.

    “I can’t imagine how you’re feeling but you did so well. You’re so talented.

    “And I just can’t wait to see what happens with you in your future. So I’m really happy for you Skylar.”

  • Diversity set to return to BGT

    Good news everyone.

    The award-winning group intends to return to the BGT stage in June’s series finale. 

    Jordan Banjo, 29, said: “We certainly hope to be back performing on BGT this year.”

    It would mark a return to the show that made Diversity famous when they beat Susan Boyle in the 2009 series’ final. 

    Since then the group, which is led by Jordan’s brother Ashley, 33, have starred on everything from Dancing on Ice to The Real Full Monty

  • Rocker Kenny Petrie, 64, leaves fans in awe of his performance

    Last night was full of great acts, with busker Maxwell taking up most of the praise with his opera singing.

    However, Kenny also wowed both fans judges with his rocking performance.

    One fan took to Twitter to say: “That is probably the best thing we’ll see on this tonight….actually talented and not deluded.”

  • BGT viewers call for ban on acts involving children

    Last night’s show had a slew of impressive acts, including nine-year-old Ryland, who performed a draw-dropping magic show, receiving yeses from the judges.

    However, some viewers feel it is wrong to have children perform on the show.

    One viewer said: “There are way too many kids on #BritainsGotTalent this year, they should have their own series and leave this to the adults. #BGT.”

    Perhaps these complaints could lead to a spin-off show!

  • Who presents BGT?

    Ant & Dec (Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly) are the presenters of Britain’s Got Talent.

    They have hosted the show together since Series 1, and have been given the same Golden Buzzer rights as the Judges since Series 8.

    In Series 12, Ant was involved in a drink-driving incident, which left Dec to host the live shows solo.

  • Explained: Who are the past BGT winners?

    BRITAIN’S Got Talent is back for a fifteenth series, with competitors across the country battling to become the 2022 champ.

    Here are some of the past winners:

    • Paul Potts – 2007
    • George Sampson – 2008
    • Diversity – 2009
    • Spelbound – 2010
    • Jai McDowell – 2011
    • Ashleigh and Pudsey – 2012
    • Attraction – 2013
    • Collabro – 2014
    • Jules O’Dwyer & Matisse – 2015
    • Richard Jones – 2016
    • Tokio Myers – 2017
    • Lost Voice Guy – 2018
    • Colin Thackery – 2019
    • Jon Courtenay – 2020

    Read more about the acts here.

  • BGT episodes are available on ITV Hub

    Episodes will be available on the ITV Hub after each episode has aired.

    As always the BGT champion will walk away with a huge cash prize of £250,000 and spot on bill of the Royal Variety Performance.

    The reigning champ from 2020 is comedy singer Jon Courtenay.

    Of course, Geordie comedy duo Ant and Dec will host the talent competition once again.

  • Paralysed BGT star Jonathan Goodwin shares inspiring message

    BRITAIN’S Got Talent star Jonathan Goodwin shared a new wheelchair picture and an inspiring message about “things going wrong”.

    The escapologist, 42, is paralysed for life after a dangerous stunt went wrong.

    Jonathan was performing a stunt on America’s Got Talent: Extreme where he attempted to escape from a straight jacket while being hung upside down 30 feet in the air in between two suspended cars.

    But the brave star this month took a mirror selfie from his chair and wrote an inspirational message to fan.

    Posting the snap he said: “Take a breath and make a new plan.”

    Jonathan then wrote: “When things go wrong, try not to panic.

    “Take a minute, take a breath, and try to work out how to move forward. I’m not saying things can never be really bad, but sometimes it’s just that things aren’t fitting the plan we had in our head.”

  • Love Island fans all say the same thing as first look at new series airs during Britain’s Got Talent

    LOVE Island fans were beside themselves as the first look at the upcoming season aired during last week’s Britain’s Got Talent.

    The dating show phenomenon will start again next month and the unexpected teaser delighted fans.

    It showed claymation scene featuring a person swimming in the pool doing ‘salmon dives’.

    The teaser also paid homage to Millie Court’s iconic moment last season when she played the keyboard and instantly became a meme.

    Declaring “Love we own it”, the teaser also played the series’ recognisable cutaway music, to the delight of fans watching at home.

    “Love Island must be back we all know that tune,” tweeted one person.

    Another added: “Just seen the first advert that love island is coming back soon…. And I’m absolutely here for it.”

    “Just heard that magical noise of summer…”

  • Declan Donnelly forced to leave stage as act 'makes him throw up’

    The 46-year-old TV legend looked like he was going to throw up during a hilarious pole-dancing performance from David Walliams.

    This clip, which ends with Walliams confidently stating: “There we go”. Left fans in stitches as it was shared on social media.

    Meanwhile, Ant and Dec were left impressed, captioning the video: “It’s a no from us 🤢😂.”

  • BGT denies recycling contestants

    BRITAIN’S Got Talent bosses have denied allegations the show is ‘recycling’ contestants from other shows – including old BGT episodes.

    An investigation by The Sun found that of the sixty acts whose auditions have been screened on ITV this year.

    A BGT spokesman said: “All acts enter the competition with the hope of elevating their career to the highest level and help to reach massive new audiences which Britain’s Got Talent brings in”.

  • Alesha Dixon's golden moment with young dancer Skylar Blu

    Dixon also had her Golden Moment during the programme when she went to surprise seven-year-old Skylar Blu at her dance studio to invite her to audition at the London Palladium.

    The young dancer delivered an emotive contemporary routine to Footprints In The Sand by Leona Lewis which saw her perform pirouettes and split leaps.

    Dixon said: "It is such a big deal at seven years old performing on this huge stage in front of all of these people.

    "I can't imagine how you're feeling but you did so well. You're so talented.

    "And I just can't wait to see what happens with you in your future. So I'm really happy for you Skylar."

  • David Walliams praises Welsh singing collective as they sail to next round

    A Welsh singing collective made up of West End performers, named Welsh of the West End, also won over the audiences and judges with their emotional rendition of From Now On from 2017's The Greatest Showman.

    The group revealed they came together online during lockdown when the theatre industry closed its curtains and that the audition was their first time all meeting as a group.

    Walliams remarked that "the Welsh are always incredible singers" as they sailed through to the next round.

  • Trio Vex leave judges gobsmacked

    Acrobatic group Trio Vertex left the judges on the edge of their seats as they performed their suspenseful routine.

    The audition saw the female acrobat Isis perform on a trapeze with her fellow acrobat Cornelius before being thrown from the air into the arms of the third performer Nathan on the ground, securing them the four yeses.

    Ahead of their performance, it was revealed that the group were romantically entangled as Isis had previously dated Nathan and was currently in a relationship with Cornelius, which Dixon admitted made her enjoy the performance more.

  • ITV dismisses claims of ‘fixing’ following Sun investigation

    BRITAIN’S Got Talent bosses have denied allegations the show is ‘recycling’ contestants from other shows – including old BGT episodes.

    An investigation by The Sun found that of the sixty acts whose auditions have been screened on ITV this year.

    Around fifteen of them have already appeared on a Got Talent show, have links to Simon Cowell and other BGT talent or came to the show as a ‘professional’.

    “So we shouldn’t punish these people for trying to better themselves and utilise every platform on offer to showcase their talent.”

    A BGT spokesman added: “All acts enter the competition with the hope of elevating their career to the highest level and help to reach massive new audiences which Britain’s Got Talent brings in.

    “As we’re all aware, the pandemic affected so many lives, particularly those that work in the entertainment industry, and it is wrong to deny these people the opportunity to showcase their talents and entertain the nation, and ultimately perform in front of royalty at the Royal Variety Performance.

    “As has always been the case, Britain’s Got Talent is open to everyone.”

    BGT returns tonight at 8pm on ITV1.

  • BGT witch riddle continues - is it Stephen Mulhern?

    Stephen Mulhern has got fans thinking he is the BGT witch, for sure.

    He tweeted a picture of him sitting in make-up alongside the Witch, who is a performer caked in prosthetics.

    He also posted a picture of make-up guru pal Lisa Armstrong – former wife of BGT host Ant McPartlin – who could have been involved.

    He wrote: “Everyone keeps asking if I’m the Witch from @BGT! Well you might want to ask @lisaAmakeup what I look like before she put makeup on me!”

  • Diversity to return for series finale

    Award-winning dance group Diversity will return to the BGT stage in June’s series finale. 

    Jordan Banjo, 29, said: “We certainly hope to be back performing on BGT this year.”

    It would mark a return to the show that made Diversity famous when they beat Susan Boyle in the 2009 series’ final. 

    Since then the group, which is led by Jordan’s brother Ashley, 33, have starred on everything from Dancing on Ice to The Real Full Monty

  • More on the judges

    Simon Cowell – The judge everybody loves to hate, Simon Cowell, has made a comeback for this series of Britain’s Got Talent.
    As Simon Cowell’s production company SyCo is the team behind the show, it was guaranteed that Simon would be back.

    Amanda Holden – To the delight of viewers, the star will grace our screens every Saturday night for another series.
    Amanda Holden has been a firm fixture on the show since the first series and has become a household name.

    Alesha Dixon – Alesha Dixon is back to judging the new series of Britain’s Got Talent.
    She joined the panel back in 2012 and quickly became a fan favourite.

    David Walliams – Funnyman David Walliams is back as the final judge of the series.
    The actor and comedian is known for his camp humour and for annoying Simon Cowell.

  • Destiny Chukunyere looks completely different 5 years after show

    She became a household name when she appeared on Britain’s Got Talent in 2017 and five years on – Destiny Chukunyere looks very different.

    The 19-year-old, who is from Malta, has had a real glow up since finishing in sixth place on the show and has continued to pave a very successful singing career.

    In 2019 she went on to appear in the Maltese version of the X Factor, which she won and in 2021 she represented her country in the Eurovision Song contest – finishing in seventh place.

    She has got Eurovision history though – she previously won the junior version in 2015, two years before she went on the X Factor.

    Destiny was just 14 when she went on the UK singing show and wowed the judges singing Aretha Franklin in her audition.

    Now an adult, Destiny has a very glamorous look and often shares pictures of herself in stunning gowns as she continues to have a successful singing career.

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