Paul Burley was crowned the winner of the third Britain’s Got Talent semi-final tonight. The impressionist received rave reviews from the judging panel during his performance earlier in the evening.
The runners-up were dancers Peridot and accountant-slash-singer Christopher Stone. Piers opted to save Christopher Stone, and Amanda followed suit, complimenting Christopher for his confident performance. When asked by Ant & Dec, [[Simon Cowell]] said that he would actually have chosen Peridot, given the choice.
In a refreshingly angry exit interview, one of a clearly disgruntled Peridot said:
It’s very disappointing. I’m a bit upset that we were compared to last year’s act. I already stated that we’re different. We’re Peridot. We’re unique. We do our own style. What you saw today was our own style.There’s no point in coming out here and doing what everybody else does.
There were a few shock eliminations. I think we all expected The Arrangement to fare slightly better. Likewise, we’d all assumed that Chloe Hickinbottom might have squeezed through, perhaps being popular with certain sections of the BGT audience.
On a personal level, I’m quite annoyed that Paul Burling got through to the finals. As I commented on my earlier post, Paul doesn’t have a great range of voice he can mimic. And his other problem is that he barely has a comedy act. Think about Rory Bremner and Jon Culshaw: these guys can do contemporary voices, celebrities and politicians and they can come up with entertaining satire.
I’ve got to pour cold water on Christopher Stone. Yawn… We’ve seen you before, Mr Stone. You were Paul Potts in year one, and Susan Boyle in year three. You’re the regular person on the street with a great singing voice. However, it was [[Amanda Holden]] who took the inflated claims of Christopher Stone’s to ridiculous levels, with “you could lead any show anywhere in the world”. Ah, come on Amanda. Surely you’re being coy? Why not the galaxy? Why not the universe?
All I saw was a rather dull looking guy singing a song well, but without any real charisma. Yawn. Not a great night for BGT. The Arrangement would have been a far more entertaining bet.