Britain’s Got Talent presenters Ant and Dec say that it’s getting harder for wannabes to progress on the ITV show, because they and Simon Cowell can see right through the popular sob story ploy.
The TV duo told The Sun that they have been inundated with hopefuls trying to imitate former phone salesman Paul Potts and Scottish spinster Susan Boyle, since they achieved success through the show.
“People think they know how to play it.
“They watched last year’s series and think, ‘Ah, Susan Boyle was slightly odd-looking, she didn’t look like a singer. If I dress a bit like that and look like I’m not here for an audition, I’ll get through’.
“We’ve seen people who have a ‘make-under’ just to try and recapture that Susan Boyle moment but it doesn’t work like that.”
Dec added: “In series two we got a lot of middle-aged portly gentlemen who thought they could sing Nessun Dorma just to be like (the first series’ winner) Paul Potts.
“And this series we had a guy with a flat cap and oil and dirt all over his hands and he was going, ‘Oh my car broke down on the way here. I didn’t think I was going to make it’.
“And you’re thinking, ‘Go and wash your hands. Stop making a big thing about it.’
“You see it when we interview people and we say, ‘What have you come to do for us today?’ and they say, ‘Well, I’ve just got out of hospital…’ You go, ‘Hang on, that’s not an act, what’s your act?'”
Ant continued: “You can see straight through it when they turn up with a make-under and a story ready to pounce out. Simon Cowell on the judging panel sees it very quickly and has no patience for it.”