Britain's Got Talent: Can Anyone Beat Susan Boyle?
Susan Boyle, Shaheen Jafargholi
Susan Boyle may dominate the web, but she still has plenty of competition on Britain's Got Talent. Here's a look at all the competitors in the hunt so far, most of whom probably haven't made their way into your inbox. Watch their performances and tell us who — if anyone — you think has a shot at pulling a Kris Allen-like upset.
The 48-year-old, never-been-kissed woman from a small Scottish village wowed the judges — and then the world — with her rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Miserables. She showed some nerves in her semifinal performance of CATS' "Memories," but shook them off to earn her spot in the finale. After an f-bomb fueled exchange with strangers, she almost dropped out of the competition. Will the bad press hurt her chances? Watch her semifinal performance here.
This 10-member dance troupe just edged out 10-year-old singer Natalie Okri in the semifinals. Though the Essex- and East London-based group has gone on record saying that it will take a "spectacular performance" to beat Boyle, they think they could "give her a good run for her money." Whether or not they win it all, they hope to at least be the highest-finishing dance act. Watch their semifinal performance here.
The 17-year-old singer from Lichfield, England, earned praise from Simon Cowell with his audition song, "Ain't No Sunshine." "You've got a very authentic-sounding voice," Cowell said. Smith lived up to the praise with his semifinal performance of U2's "With or Without You," earning a spot in the finale. Watch his audition here.
Another 10-member dance group, Flawless hails from North London. The all-male troupe's semifinal military-themed routine was described as "utter genius" by Cowell. The street-dance group set out to prove that Britain has better dance teams than the U.S. Watch their semifinal performance here.
This 12-year-old Welsh singer is probably the runner-up when it comes to media coverage of this season's finalists. His audition made some early rounds on YouTube, but never caught fire like Boyle's. Jafargholi's semifinal rendition of "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going" floored both Cowell and fellow judge Piers Morgan, who called the lad "breathtaking." Cowell even called him a "real contender" and Morgan suggested that Jafargholi's performance was the best of the semifinals. Could he be the next champion? Watch his semifinal performance below.
The father and son in this comedy dance duo describe themselves as fat versions of Michael Flatley, with a Greek twist. The 41-year-old Demetrios and 13-year-old Michalakis took the stage for their semifinal performance in nothing but red fez hats and white skirts. Cowell called their performance brilliant, infectious rubbish. "The final would be a worse place without you," he said. Watch their semifinal performance here.
Smith is a 39-year-old tenor saxophonist and part-time music teacher who plays in pubs and restaurants around his hometown of Birmingham, England. He's been playing since he was 14, and Morgan has described him as the coolest competitor of the season. He won the public vote during his semifinal round to advance to the finale. Watch his semifinal performance of "All By Myself" below.
This singing duo is comprised of 76-year-old John Neill and his 12-year-old granddaughter, Sallie Lax. The judges put the group through after their performance of James Ingram and Linda Ronstadt's "Somewhere Out There," with Cowell explaining, "one of you doesn't really have much of a second shot at this." Watch their semifinal performance here.
The 11-year-old street dancer was speechless after her won the public vote in his semifinal round. His popping and locking style has Cowell eager for the finale. "It's going to be a very special, close competition [Saturday] night. I'm really looking forward to it," Cowell said.
Steel began dancing at the age of 4, but it's the 10-year-old's pipes that have landed her in the finale. The judges put her through after a stirring rendition of "Edelweiss" from The Sound of Music in the semifinals, finalizing a supreme group of talent. "It's the best line-up we've ever had on the show...The excitement is unbearable. I can't wait," Morgan said.