Golden buzzer sees Jasmine through Britain's Got Talent audition


Britain's Got Talent entrant Jasmine Elcock wowed Ant and Dec to become the fourth Golden buzzer act of the series

The 14-year-old from Essex moved Ant and judge Alesha Dixon to tears with her emotive rendition of Believe by Cher.

Dixon's fellow judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and David Walliams were also impressed with the youngster.

During Jasmine's audition, Dixon dabbed her eyes with Walliams' handkerchief, while perennially wisecracking host Ant was seen wiping away tears.

Jasmine received a standing ovation, which was followed by Ant and Dec running over to the judging panel to hit the Golden Buzzer and send the teenager straight into the live shows.

Ant then embraced Jasmine on the stage. "That was brilliant. I was in tears back there. Fantastic," he told her.

Speaking before her audition, the schoolgirl admitted to nerves.

"I've performed in Annie in the West End at about the age of nine or 10, but I really get nervous," she said.

"If I won Britain's Got Talent, it would be a dream come true."

The stakes are high as the winner of ITV's hit variety series will receive a cash prize of £250,000 and a slot on the Royal Variety Performance later this year.

In Saturday's episode, Walliams' mother Kathleen sat on the panel as a last-minute replacement for a very late Cowell.

"I like nice male singers, preferably with their tops off," she said.

"Exactly what Simon likes as well!" her son quipped in response.

In addition to critiquing the acts, Cowell became part of one.

The TV mogul provided assistance to Ben Blaque, a crossbow performer from Missouri, for the finale of the American's dangerous act.

Cowell rang a bell on the stage so that a blindfolded Blaque could hear where to shoot at a target, which set up a chain reaction that eventually pierced an apple on the top of the American's head.

"You are nuts!" the Britain's Got Talent boss told him.

Walliams joked: "You had an opportunity to kill Simon Cowell and you blew it."

"Ben, you are hot. You take a shot, and you definitely hit the spot," Dixon stated as Blaque received four yeses.

Among the acts through to the next round are Sam, 14, and Hector, 12.

The acrobatic and gymnastics duo from Kent have been performing together for over two years.

"We're partners, but we're not brothers," Hector said before the audition.

"Not partners as in, like, going out. Gymnastics partners," Sam added to the amusement of the audience.

The young pair demonstrated strength and agility and were awarded with four yeses.

Scottish gymnastics act Spartans Resurrection also progressed with four yeses.

Noting their gladiator-inspired attire, Holden said: "It's like Game Of Thrones with crash mats."

Classical vocal group Vox Fortis is made up of members Tom, Rodney, Cameron, Elias and Julias.

The quintet, who have been together for just over six months, raised the roof with a rousing rendition of We Will Stand Together, based on Elgar's Nimrod.

"I like the way that you subtly made the performance get bigger and bigger," Cowell said as Vox Fortis walked home with four yeses.

Retired professional ballet dancers Shannon and Peter also won the judging panel's unanimous approval with their affecting ballet routine to Wings by Birdy.

"It was so beautiful and intimate, I thought, I shouldn't really be watching this," said Walliams.

Cowell buzzed, but three yeses were enough for Richard Bayton's medley of songs.

Ystrad Fawr Dancers, a teenage Latin and ballroom dance troupe from Wales, also made it into the next round despite Cowell's criticism of their music tape.

:: Britain's Got Talent continues next week.