Britain's Got Talent contestant Alexandr Magala left all four judges on the panel speechless after his sword-swallowing act.
Simon Cowell, David Walliams, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden visibly winced and covered their eyes as they watched Magala pass a sword through his mouth.
The 26-year-old from Moldova performed what has been described as "one of the most dangerous acts ever" on the hit ITV show.
Viewers will have to wait until the first episode is broadcast to find out if the Moldovan secured any yeses from the judges.
Once again, the panel are casting a discerning eye over acts including singers, dancers and performing animals in a bid to find a new star.
TV duo Ant and Dec are on hand to encourage the auditioning acts battling for the opportunity to appear at the Royal Variety Performance.
The show may be called Britain's Got Talent (BGT), but that has not stopped the flow of performers from outside the UK.
Like Magala, Vitaly Voronko from Belarus also opted to try out for the British version of the Got Talent franchise.
The 25-year-old musician calls himself The Music Hero. Fans will soon find out if his gambit paid off.
The Togni Brothers, Dario and Michael who are aged 19 and 20, are foot jugglers from Birmingham.
Raised in Italy in the circus, their impressive act sees one sibling flip the other in the air using his feet.
"Oh my God!" a stunned Ant exclaimed during their performance.
In his critique, TV mogul Cowell said he had "never seen anything like it".
Meanwhile, Holden called their feat "extraordinary".
The first show of the new series, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, turned the spotlight on talent even younger than the Tognis.
Paisley Kerswell is an 11-year-old breakdancer from Merseyside.
The confident schoolgirl was not nervous about performing on stage in front of the demanding crowd and judges.
George Kavanagh, a self-assured 11-year-old comedian from Grimsby, made the judges smile before he had even told his first joke.
"I have a feeling you might be about to do some stand-up comedy," Walliams said.
"I believe that you're right, sunshine!" the youngster responded.
To laughter, Walliams responded: "I've never been called 'sunshine' by an 11-year-old."
Beau Dermott, a 13-year-old singer from Widnes, would like to perform in the West End.
"When I'm on stage, it feels like anything is possible and that I can be myself," she stated.
To Holden's delight, Dermott, who hopes to record her own music one day, sang Defying Gravity from the musical Wicked.
Viewers will see if the anxious singer managed to hold her nerve and impress the panel.
Other acts hoping to win the judges' approval include street dancers Elite Squad Royalz, dancing dog act Lucy And Trip Hazard and belly dancers Caroline, 55, Wendy, 53, and Zoe, 42.
:: Britain's Got Talent is broadcast on ITV at 7pm.