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Antonio 'Popeye' Francis was an eye-popper who made it to the Semi-Finals of Britain's Got Talent in Series 5.

In the audition, he performed to 'I Can See Clearly Now'. He advanced onto the next round with three 'yes' votes, before reaching the Semi-Finals.

In the Semi-Finals, Francis performed to 'Eye of the Tiger' by Survivor, alongside Jedward and Kate Middleton & Prince William impersonators. All four Judges buzzed the performance, making Francis the first act since Series 3 to be 'buzzed off'. He finished eighth in his Semi-Final.

After BGT

In 2014, Francis auditioned for Italian competition series Tu si que vales, however he failed to reach the following round.[1]

Francis passed away in August 2018 after suffering a stroke.

Trivia

  • His Semi-Final performance was the last act both Michael McIntyre and David Hasselhoff buzzed as judges.
  • His Semi-Final performance was the first to be buzzed off by a 4-judge panel.
  • Popeye shares the record for the fastest time to be buzzed off in the Semi-Finals (0:53) with Series 3 Semi-Finalists Brit Chix.
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