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Second Round

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After the Britain's Got Talent auditions, there is a second round. In this round, the acts do not perform again, however the Judges have to cut the acts down to a chosen number (24,40 or 45) to perform in the Semi-Finals.

From Series 8 onward, the Golden Buzzer was introduced - this gave the four Judges, alongside Ant & Dec, each a chance to send an act directly through to the Semi-Finals without needing to pass through the second round.

Series 5 Amendment

Main Article: Series 5 Second Round

In Series 5, the Judges could not decide between certain acts making it through, therefore they had a show-off. Four pairs of acts were chosen to compete against each other, given only a few hours to prepare, with one of each of the pairs advancing. Series 5 was the first and only ever series to feature a show off on deliberation day.

Acts reaching the Semi-Finals

Series Acts in Semi-Finals Golden Buzzers Acts Passing Second Round
Series 1 24 0 24
Series 2 40 0 40
Series 3 40 0 40
Series 4 40 0 40
Series 5 41[1] 0 40
Series 6 45 0 45
Series 7 45 0 45
Series 8 45 5 40
Series 9 45 5 40
Series 10 45 5 40
Series 11 40 5 35
Series 12 40 5 35
Series 13 40 5 35
Series 14 40 5 35
  1. Only 40 acts were chosen to reach the semi-finals in the Second Round, however Michael Moral was later added to the start list of the fifth semi-final.
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