look: England has an incredible talent – Busker and teenage ventriloquist to the final
Busker Maxwell Thorpe and 13-year-old ventriloquist Jamie Leahey went to this Sunday England has an incredible talent final.
Appearing in the first semi-final on May 30, the two advanced to the final on the basis of receiving the most votes from the public.
Thorpe had the most votes from the public.
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Leahey then faced off against magician Junwoo with the judges unable to separate them.
The decision came down to a public vote with the teenage ventriloquist in the lead.
Other artists to perform on the first night of the semi-finals included 77-year-old singer Mel Day, dance troupe Born to Perform, impressionist Suzi Wild, magician The Witch and the London Community Gospel Choir.
Leahey received plenty of praise from the judges, with Simon Cowell telling him he deserved to be in an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical.
He also received a standing ovation from the rest of the judges.
He delivered a comedic performance of ventriloquism with chicken puppet Chuck who flirted with judge Alesha Dixon before performing a song.
Amanda Holden praised Leahey for “providing the comic relief we needed”.
David Walliams also threatened to quit the show if Born to Perform didn’t make it to Sunday’s finale.
The Nottingham Dance Group is made up of members who all have a disability. After playing, Walliams said: “I’m so happy for you, I’m so proud to have pressed the golden buzzer. It was full of joy, full of love, full of passion and that’s how you want the world to be. If you’re not in the final on Sunday, I’m leaving the show.
The second semi-final takes place tonight (May 31) with eight more acts to be played in front of the judges.
The winner of England has an incredible talent will take home a prize of £250,000 as well as a place in this year’s Royal Variety Performance.
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