Now that the auditions for the 2013 edition of Britain’s Got Talent competition have begun and the judges are touring around the UK in search for brand new talents, it’s a good moment to look back at who were the lucky and talented winners of the former series.
BGT Competition : Series 1 Winner
Going all the way back to 2007, when it all started, we take a look at Paul Potts, the first to win Britain’s Got Talent. Before winning the contest, Paul was a 37 years old manager at Carphone Warehouse in Bridgend and an amateur opera singer. He was also part of the Bristol city council, from 1996 to 2003. After his triumph he resigned his managerial position and started his career as an opera singer.
At his first audition for BGT he awed everybody, including Simon Cowell, with his rendition of “Nessun Dorma”.The video of his audition gathered more than 100 million views on Youtube. This was also the performance that brought him the victory.
BGT Competition : Series 2 Winner
George Sampson was only 14 when he won the Britain’s Got Talent competition with his amazing street dancing. He first auditioned in 2007 and Simon Cowell wanted him to move forward, but he didn’t convince the other two judges, Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan. So he went home, continued dancing in order to get better and prove them wrong the next year. And so he did! Not only did he got through the first round of auditions but he went straight to finale and won it! His performance was dancing on a remix of “Singin’ in the Rain”, completed by an artificial rain machine on-stage.
After BGT, Sampson became a stage actor, taking part into the hip-hop musical ‘Into the hoods’ as well as a television presenter and endorser for various brands.
BGT Competition : Series 3 Winner
Diversity was a big surprise for the third series finale because everybody expected Susan Boyle to win. The British street dance troupe formed in 2004 in London. Before participating at Britain’s Got Talent they have won various street dancing competitions. They are a group of friends, including three sets of brothers, with ages from 12 to 27 years, the members being: Ashley Banjo (leader and choreographer), Jordan Banjo (Ashley’s younger brother), Sam Craske, Mitchell Craske, Ian McNaughton, Jamie McNaughton, Matthew McNaughton, Perri Kiely, Warren Russell, Ike Ezekwugo and Terry Smith. After their win they’ve been in numerous dance shows and had their own sold-out tour.
BGT Competition : Series 4 Winner
2010 Britain’s Got Talent winners were a gymnastic troupe, composed of six girls and seven boys, with ages 12 to 24. Some of them won medals in acrobatic gymnastics on European and World championships. They’ve impressed the judges and the crowd at BGT from the start, winning the finals in front of 15 million TV viewers. After their success they have performed at various events all over the UK, including at the London Olympics Closing Ceremony.
BGT Competition : Series 5 Winner
The winner of the fifth series is Jai McDowall from Scotland, who after participating at ‘The X Factor’ and ‘The American Idol Experience’ received his gratification at the Britain’s Got Talent competition. The song he chose for the finale was “To Where You Are” by Josh Groban, which landed him the £100,000 prize, the chance to sing in the Royal Variety Performance and a signed contract with Simon Cowell’s label.
BGT Competition : Series 6 Winner
2012 was the year of Ashleigh and Pudsey, a trainer and her dog, a cross between a Border Collie, Bichon Frise and Chinese Crested. This was the first dog trick act to ever win the competition. They have beaten the opera-singing duo Jonathan and Charlotte with their performance on the Mission Impossible theme. After their win they have performed at various shows including the Queen’s Jubilee, got a book deal for Pudsey biography and there is a movie in the making produced by Simon Cowell, “Pudsey: The movie”. The duo is also a supporter of animal rights, fronting a PETA campaign against cruelty to circus animals.
After this recap it makes you wonder….who’s it going to be the BGT winner this year?