Spellbound Win Britain’s Got Talent
Bookies favourites Spellbound won Britain’s Got Talent on Saturday night after claiming the title with a memorable performance which included a gymnast being thrown on to the stage from behind the judge’s seats.
The troupe of 13 young gymnasts beat off competition from street comedy duo, Twist & Pulse who were the runners-up and drummer Keiran Gaffney who came third.
Spellbound had been clear favourites since their audition and Simon Cowell was one of the first to heap praise on them after their victory. “It’s called Britain’s Got Talent, the right boys and girls won on the night. I am very proud of you lot,” he said. “I can only say on live television that that was one of the most astonishing things I have ever seen.”
Saturday evening wasn’t without its controversey however. Simon Cowell was booed by the audience after he suggested the contest had taken its toll on Chandi the dancing dog when he said the mutt was “looking a bit tired”. The comments drew a sharp rebuke from Tina Humphreys, the dog’s owner, who told the pop mogul it “was very hot in the studio”.
Despite the undoubted talent on display, critics of the show will point to the fact that this year’s winners echo last year’s quite ominously and furthermore, that dance groups have an unfair advantage over other acts. Next year’s contestants take notice.