Britain’s Got Talent 2014 flooded with foreign acts…is that ok?

by Lisa McGarry

attraction bgt final

Last year some reality TV fans got a little upset when Hungarian dance troupe Attraction won Britain’s Got Talent, with many insisting that auditions should only be open to those actually from the UK.

The shadow dancers moved the judges and many viewers to tears with their emotional and inspiration routines, but their nationality caused problems for some, with many fans expressing their desire to have tryouts closed to foreign performers.

Those people may be upset again this year then to find out that at last week’s London auditions there were a number of acts performing for the judges, who weren’t from England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, in fact there were five in just one day.

Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, David Walliams and Alesha Dixon listened as a Slovenian xylophone player provided some tunes, watched as a hunky male Greek dancer performed topless, sat through a song from a Brazilian lady and also watched auditions from an electronic dance group from Russia and a Czech fire routine.

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The Russian dancers told the judges: “We’d like to be recognised by the British.”

Simon was a big fan of one of the acts and even tried to speak to them in their native language.

So what do you think Britain’s Got Talent fans? There have been worries that with the constant stream of talent shows in the UK, the pool would become depleted and we already know that many of the same singers try out again and again for series’ like The Voice and The X Factor, often showing up on both shows.

BGT judges

Some would claim that with auditions open to global acts there is more chance of fresh talent, new acts and more interesting performers. Bosses also hope that by opening the process up to international performers, the competition will inspire homegrown acts to be even better and awe-inspiring.

What do you think reality TV fans. Should Britain’s Got Talent stay open to acts that don’t originate in Britain?

Watch Attraction perform and leave your comments below….

Lisa McGarry

Lisa has been watching reality TV for too long now. She won't do any housework unless 'Big Brother' announces it over the tannoy and everything she does has to be put to a public vote!


  1. Samantha Brown on February 19, 2014 at 11:33 am

    I have no problem with acts from overseas entering this competition but I suggest a name change from Britain’s got talent to the world has talent. Problem solved. No one can complain then.

  2. Gary storer on February 19, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Its a load of cobblers, britains got talent means BRITAINS got talent, not euro got talent, then again there all over here because of this soft government

  3. Male greek dancer on February 20, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    I am British! And also I was meant to be a greek BELLY dancer, but got buzzed off before I got to do the main bit of the act (the belly).. shouldn’t have listened to the producers forcing me to keep it a surprise..

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