Britain’s Got Talent is coming back to Blackpool – three years after its celebrity judges slammed the standard of acts in the resort.
Judge Piers Morgan said he expected more from the “home of British variety” and was unimpressed with the acts on offer at the Britain’s Got Talent auditions held in the Opera House.
In a weekly newspaper column, the author and broadcaster, who was one of the show’s judges along with Simon Cowell and Amanda Holden, described both the town’s weather and performers as “grim”.
He said: “We sat through eight hours of what I can only describe as less an ‘end-of-the-pier’ show, more a ‘chuck-yourself-off-the-end-of-the-pier’ show.”
Ironically one of the “highlights” was escapologist Nicky Flash (pictured right) whose act backfired when he got trapped in his sack, has earned a steady living since on the strength of the controversy.
But now the dust has died down, researchers will be back in the resort on Sunday, November 13 at the Imperial Hotel as part of the first round of the show’s auditions.
“As it’s the first time back in Blackpool for three years we are really keen to let everyone we are here and we are trying to attract as much talent as possible,” said a spokesman from the show.
“We are looking for performers wanting to follow in the footsteps of, Spellbound, Diversity, Susan Boyle, George Sampson and Paul Potts.
Anyone wanting to try their chances at the Blackpool audition can apply online at www.itv.com/talent or call 09018 801010 (calls cost no more than 26p a minute plus 12.5p connection charge from a BT landline and should last no longer than two minutes.
Calls from other networks may be higher and from mobiles will be considerably more).
Hopefully none of the acts will receive the kind of criticism Piers Morgan doled out last time such as “a husband and wife who sang so ghastly they could be used in military combat” and “the world’s most boring man who vowed and spectacularly failed to make mathematics funky.”
Also among the let downs was an illusionist who rushed off stage when none of the judging panel would aid him with his trick, leaving the stage shouting ‘Sod the lot of yer’.”
Morgan added that as the judges flew back to London Simon Cowell told him it was probably the worst day of auditions he had experienced in his entire career as a judge.