BGT cabaret act aims to charm 'man with a tan' Cowell


Britain's Got Talent Arrivals - Birmingham

A drag cabaret performer with a glittery gold beard will be hoping to convince the Britain's Got Talent judges he is fit to perform for the Queen.

As auditions come to a close, 23-year-old Danny Beard from Manchester will take to the stage in a sequin skirt, heels and dramatic face paint for a rousing performance of Sweet Transvestite from the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Simon Cowell even gets a mention in the song - as Beard points to him while singing the lyric, "I've been making a man with a tan".

The winner of the ITV talent show, now in its tenth year, will have the chance to perform at the Royal Variety Show on top of a £250,000 prize.

Another act impresses the judges as soon as he walks on stage.

"Hello, did you forget something?" asks Simon Cowell - as aerialist and professional acrobat Charlie Placais stands shirtless in front of the audience.

Cowell adds: "Charlie, meet David. David, meet Charlie."

When Placais says he is from France, Amanda Holden cries out: "Ooh, bonjour!"

With David Walliams, Alesha Dixon and Holden looking smitten, the heavily-muscled 29-year-old makes a good first impression.

His upper body strength comes in handy during his unusual routine, which features a bathtub filled with water - although viewers will have to wait until the programme airs to see if this earns him four yeses.

Mother-and-son duo Mel and Jamie from Wales are also hoping for good news from the judges after banding together just weeks before their audition.

Jamie, 16, originally applied for the show as a solo act.

But facing nerves, he asked his mother, 45-year-old care home singer Mel, to come and perform on stage with him.

She recalls: "He said, 'I can't do it, will you come and sing something with me just to back me up?'"

The two sing A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera's Say Something as a duet.

With the auditions over, the judges are faced with the difficult decision of narrowing down their choices to just 45 semi-finalists.

Cowell says: "Ten years, you have to run out sooner or later - or so I thought. Personally, I think this could be overall the best we've ever had."

As five Golden Buzzer contestants are guaranteed a place in the semi-final, this leaves just 40 places up for grabs.

All the acts who received three or more yeses from the judging panel gather at the London Palladium to hear their fate, as the judges deliberate and argue over who to put through.

On one act, Alesha Dixon complains that it was "the most uncomfortable thing I've ever watched in my entire life".

David Walliams rebuts: "It's the most dangerous thing we've ever had on Britain's Got Talent, that's why we've got to put him through."

:: Britain's Got Talent airs on ITV at 8pm. The live semi-finals run from Sunday May 22 to Thursday May 26 at 7.30pm.