Britain’s Got Talent, ITV1

Did we like it?
The weakest programme so far was just about rescued with the heartwarming finale.

What was good about it?
• The heartwarming finale with little dancer George Sampson, discarded last year but coming back with a sensational routine and earning a “phenomenal” rating from Simon Cowell.
• Ant and Dec beneath an umbrella in rainy Blackpool, grudgingly introducing the contestants. “They’re the ones that really matter,” was never uttered through such gritted teeth.
• Brenda Isaacs (74, dinner lady) singing Over The Rainbow and Unchained Melody as if channeling the ghost of Hilda Ogden.
• Signature, the dance act, were very entertaining and we hope they can deliver an equally good routine in the next round.

What was bad about it?
• The air of depression that descended because none of the early acts in Blackpool were any good. You’d have thought there’d been a deadly disaster the way the judges and Ant and Dec went on about that. If some old bird from Lancashire can’t sing very well, it’s not the end of the world!
• The overdone acclaim for Per Diem, a duet who sang a boring Crowded House song yet were heralded as the greatest musical talent ever to tread the boards.
• The fuss made about this being “the very first time Britain’s Got Talent has come to Blackpool”. The show has only been running two years; it’s not like the resort has been neglected for decades.
• Over-confident eight-year-old Alex Lees. He couldn’t sing (and we don’t think boys of his age should be wiggling their bottoms on TV) and got rejected. He couldn’t tell jokes, either, but that didn’t stop him being allowed through.
• We were sad to see the Laughing Policeman getting short shrift.

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