BGT judges hold back tears after poignant performance from a choir of frontline workers 


There once again wasn’t a dry eye in the house on Saturday night’s episode of Britain’s Got Talent.

The judges were left holding back tears as a choir of frontline workers, including NHS and emergency service staff, took to the stage with a poignant performance.

The act, which was described as ‘an amazing moment’, made a particular impact on Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and Ant McPartlin – who were left fighting a wave of emotions. 

Emotional: Britain's Got Talent judges held back tears after a poignant performance from a choir of frontline workers on Saturday evening's episode

Emotional: Britain’s Got Talent judges held back tears after a poignant performance from a choir of frontline workers on Saturday evening’s episode

Key workers: The choir of frontline workers, including NHS and emergency service staff, took to the stage with an original song from the Covid-19 pandemic

Key workers: The choir of frontline workers, including NHS and emergency service staff, took to the stage with an original song from the Covid-19 pandemic

The Frontline Singers, who are made up of members aged 24 to 62, sang an original song about the Covid-19 pandemic.

They explained that the aim of the song was to bring ‘hope, unity and something positive out of all we’ve been through’. 

After their performance, the group received a standing ovation from the four judges and the audience, with David Walliams dubbing the audition ‘an amazing moment’.

Performers: The Frontline Singers, who are made up of members aged 24 to 62 put on a tear-jerking performance - with not a dry eye left in the arena

Performers: The Frontline Singers, who are made up of members aged 24 to 62 put on a tear-jerking performance – with not a dry eye left in the arena

Standing together: They explained that the aim of the song was to bring 'hope, unity and something positive out of all we've been through'

Standing together: They explained that the aim of the song was to bring ‘hope, unity and something positive out of all we’ve been through’

Impressed: After their performance, the group received a standing ovation from the four judges and the audience, with David Walliams dubbing the audition 'an amazing moment'

Impressed: After their performance, the group received a standing ovation from the four judges and the audience, with David Walliams dubbing the audition ‘an amazing moment’

The overwhelming reaction sent some members of the group to tears, as Alesha teased: ‘Oh don’t cry, you’ll set me off!’

‘I found that really moving actually, I really did. So poignant, so lovely. We are in debt to you for your services. It was very touching,’ she continued.

Amanda struggled to hold back her emotion as a tear ran down her face, telling the group: ‘It’s just wonderful that we can be part of it all really, and that you get it. Because it was tremendous’

Emotional: The overwhelming reaction sent some members of the group to tears, as Alesha teased: 'Oh don't cry, you'll set me off!'

Emotional: The overwhelming reaction sent some members of the group to tears, as Alesha teased: ‘Oh don’t cry, you’ll set me off!’

Struck a chord: Ant McPartlin was set off by the act too, as he shed a tear in the stage wings

Struck a chord: Ant McPartlin was set off by the act too, as he shed a tear in the stage wings

Golden moment: The impactful act ended a show-stopping episode, which even saw Ant and Dec give away their golden buzzer

Golden moment: The impactful act ended a show-stopping episode, which even saw Ant and Dec give away their golden buzzer

Magician: The hosting duo finally pressed their buzzer after a performance from 49-year-old Keiichi Iwasaki, a magician from Japan

Magician: The hosting duo finally pressed their buzzer after a performance from 49-year-old Keiichi Iwasaki, a magician from Japan 

Before they singers left with four yesses, Simon Cowell took a moment to show his admiration, explaining: ‘What we’ve gone through in the last two years, it’s surreal. And out of it, comes moments like this.

‘It gives us a chance to say thank you to all of you. Because it is people like yourselves who protected all of us. We have good times ahead I think.’ 

And the performance seemed to have struck some emotion in the stage wings, as Ant and Dec watched in awe – with Ant even wiping a tear from his cheek.

Fun-filled: Keiichi performed a series of tricks and illusions for the audience, even getting both Ant and Dec involved on stage

Fun-filled: Keiichi performed a series of tricks and illusions for the audience, even getting both Ant and Dec involved on stage

Jaw-dropping: He also brought Alesha onto the stage with him to perform an impressive trick with a ring

Jaw-dropping: He also brought Alesha onto the stage with him to perform an impressive trick with a ring

Daring: Elsewhere in the show was an act which had the judges on the edges of their seats, as American JD Anderson used his body to break baseball bats, before smashing through panels of ice with his head

Daring: Elsewhere in the show was an act which had the judges on the edges of their seats, as American JD Anderson used his body to break baseball bats, before smashing through panels of ice with his head

Impressive: The world-record holding strongman impressed the judges with his fearless performance as he showed his strength

Impressive: The world-record holding strongman impressed the judges with his fearless performance as he showed his strength

The impactful act ended a show-stopping episode, which even saw Ant and Dec give away their golden buzzer.

The hosting duo ran onto stage to finally press the buzzer after a performance from 49-year-old Keiichi Iwasaki, a magician from Japan. 

Keiichi performed a series of tricks and illusions for the audience, even getting both Ant and Dec and Alesha involved on stage.

After a standing ovation and positive reaction, the pair exclaimed ‘wait!’ as they rushed onto stage to give Keiichi their golden buzzer – which automatically sends him to the semi-final. 

Powerhouse: Earlier, nine-year-old singer Immi Davis wowed with a performance of I Put a Spell on You by Screamin' Jay Hawkins

Smashed it: She soared through the audition process with her powerful voice

Powerhouse: Earlier, nine-year-old singer Immi Davis wowed with a powerhouse performance of I Put a Spell on You by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

Shocked: Immi left the judges in awe after her shy initial appearance as she belted out the classic song

Shocked: Immi left the judges in awe after her shy initial appearance as she belted out the classic song

The performer was in shock over the gesture, as he excitedly hugged Ant and Dec – showing his gratitude.

Elsewhere in the show was an act which had the judges on the edges of their seats, as American JD Anderson used his body to break baseball bats, before smashing through panels of ice with his head.

The world-record holding strongman impressed the judges with his fearless performance, even leaving some members of the audience afraid to look at points.

David said that he would ‘never forget’ the jaw-dropping act, as the other judges gushed in awe.

Earlier, nine-year-old singer Immi Davis wowed with a powerhouse performance of I Put a Spell on You by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – leaving the room gobsmacked as she soared through the audition process.

It wasn’t quite the same story for 18-year-old entertainer Tommy J, who made it through the audition with a little help from Ant and Dec.

Entertainer: 18-year-old entertainer Tommy J took to the stage with a unicycle act as he threw knives and juggled fire

Entertainer: 18-year-old entertainer Tommy J took to the stage with a unicycle act as he threw knives and juggled fire

3 yesses: While Tommy made it through, he struggled to impress Simon - who gave him a no

3 yesses: While Tommy made it through, he struggled to impress Simon – who gave him a no

Impressions: Other acts included entertainer Ben Nickless, who impressed the judges with a host of hilarious impressions

Impressions: Other acts included entertainer Ben Nickless, who impressed the judges with a host of hilarious impressions

The performer, who rode a unicycle while jugging knives and fire, failed to impress Simon enough for a yes – leaving the decision with the other three judges.

While it was a no-brainer for David, Alesha let the audience decide for her, who shouted yet, while Amanda had a tough time deciding his fate.

But as it looked like it could’ve all been over for Tommy, Ant and Dec shouted from the wings as they expressed their desire for him to progress – with Amanda giving in, saying: ‘We don’t do enough for Ant and Dec so it’s a yes’. 

Other acts included entertainer Ben Nickless, who impressed the judges with a host of hilarious impressions. 

Simon was left slightly red faced at the beginning of the show, as cabaret act The Dots fooled him into thinking they hadn’t performed together before.

As it became clear they had twisted his leg, Simon laughed and admitted he felt ‘really stupid’. 

Story time: Eight-year-old Jessica Brodin gave the judges a giggle with her incredibly realistic animal impressions

Story time: Eight-year-old Jessica Brodin gave the judges a giggle with her incredibly realistic animal impressions

Cabaret: Simon was left slightly red faced at the beginning of the show, as cabaret act The Dots fooled him into thinking they hadn't performed together before

Cabaret: Simon was left slightly red faced at the beginning of the show, as cabaret act The Dots fooled him into thinking they hadn’t performed together before

Gullible: As it became clear they had twisted his leg, Simon laughed and admitted he felt 'really stupid'

Gullible: As it became clear they had twisted his leg, Simon laughed and admitted he felt ‘really stupid’

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