added: 6 May 2012 // by: Dean Midas Maynard
After seven weeks of auditions, we now have the first live BGT semi final and it's time to face the mus...oh hold on.
Don't stop me now, I'm having such a good time. Thanks Ant & Dec. Their intro really got me ready for the show...now bring it on.
After the announcement that there will be the first ever wildcard for the Final, we really got going.
First up was Zipparah Tafari with 'that' song. Great the first time we heard it and now it's been Jazzed up, it's even better. Win or lose tonight Zipparah could be set for a top ten hit.
Jive Aces rocked us, literally, into the second performance. If they were playing at any event they would raise the roof with their quirky banana suits and energetic moves. Sadly most of the judges didn't agree. Get them booked for your wedding do NOW.
Next up was Lauren Thalia. Lovely family, lovely girl. Maybe too young just now but keep an eye on Lauren, a huge star of the future.
Diversity, sorry I mean UWS (United We Stand) took to the stage and I'm sorry but a few years ago we would have been wowed, now it's, well boring.
Analiza Ching was someone I was looking forward to seeing, but it sadly passed me by. I'm not saying it was poor, but I've supported previous classical stars Escala and they are world's above this.
I hate being negative but I watch these shows, not just as a reality TV reviewer but as a talent agent director...please let the next act be good.
My prayers were answered with boy band The Mend. Cutting edge vocals, excellent raw look.
There is a gap for these boys, they could be the next East 17, a boy band with an edge.
Just want to say that Simon Cowell should give me a job...as I'm writing this review, he's basically saying the exact same stuff. Want a new t-shirt Mr Cowell?
Rachel Knowland followed The Mend, which was very hard to do after their rousing show. Rachel has a smooth vocal and looks stunning. I would sign her tomorrow.
Eighth up, was Midas act Ashleigh and her lovely dog Pudsey and, without being biased this was one of the, if not thee best thing I have ever seen. The work and dedication that must have gone in to this is beyond belief and Pudsey is adorable....and I'm a cat lover.
Final performance of the night, Only Boys Aloud. What a faultless, captivating performance. I love everything these guys stand for.
Oh sorry there was a wild card thrown in tonight. The unknown singer Tulisa. Not sure if she will do very much....just joking Tulisa. Well done on the Number One single.
Now we have the nervous wait for the result...
The first act through to the Final was Ashleigh and Pudsey.
The judges votes was tied between The Mend and Only Boys Aloud. The latter winning on the public vote.
What an entertaining first live show, roll on the second semi final.