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S16 Official Press Release Photo

ITV's Official Press Release Photograph for Series 16.

Series 16 of Britain's Got Talent was aired in 2023 from Saturday 15th April to Sunday June 4th 2023. Hosts Ant & Dec returned as presenters, Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon returned to the Judging panel and brand new judge Bruno Tonioli joined the panel.

This is the first series since Series 14 to have the audition tapings held in both The London Palladium and The Lowry, Salford Manchester as the Series 15 Audition tapings were only held in the London. Tapings were held from the 25th to the 29th of January 2023 at the London Palladium and The 7th to the 10th of February 2023 at the Lowry. Auditions began airing on Saturday April 15th 2023 with a double bill over the first weekend and then airing weekly episodes each Saturday.

This is the first ever series of the show to lack a sister show of any kind as the repurposed version of BGT: Unseen Bits from the previous series which offered footage of the hosts backstage that was cut during the broadcast of episodes, and the hosts and judges playing games only returned once for a new game known as 'What's The Prop'.

This series also saw the return of the 'Judges Golden Moments' segment, wherein the judges surprised people who had not had the confidence to Apply for the show by nominating them to perform despite the fact that they never applied for the show, and following this the people will have the time to rehearse their act before then having to perform in front of Ant & Dec, the judges and the live studio audience. In addition to the above, this series also saw the return of 'Golden Moments' wherein people's families will surprise people who have not had the confidence to Apply for the show and nominate them to perform despite the fact that they never applied for the show, and following this the people nominated will have the time to rehearse their act before then having to perform in front of Ant & Dec, the judges and the live studio audience. For the first time ever, Deliberation Day was never televised with all acts who passed the audition stage receiving their verdicts through a phone call from the producers.

In terms of Voting Statistics this Series marks the second series in a row Semi-Finalist where an act who placed 2nd in the Public Vote failed to advance to the Final as they lost the judges vote as Olivia Lynes who placed 3rd in her Semi-Final won the Judges Vote against 2nd placed act John's Boys.

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Auditions[]

Main Article: Series 16 Auditions

The auditions for Series 16 were filmed between January and February in both London and Manchester.

Each act that performed in front of the judges was given 2 minutes to demonstrate their talents for the four judges. If an act received four buzzes then their performance is ended early. At least three "Yes" votes from the judges are required for an act to be accepted into the Next Round, otherwise, they are eliminated from the competition. Should one of the judges or Ant & Dec hit the Golden Buzzer for one of the acts, that act will be sent straight to the Semi-Finals.

Deliberation Day[]

From the 143 successful acts from the auditions, the judges chose 32 acts to join the 8 Golden Buzzer acts in the live Semi-Finals. For the first time in the show’s history, the Deliberations were not televised.

Semi-Finals[]

The judges pulled 32 successful acts from the auditions to perform on the Live Semi-Finals with 8 acts being revealed each night including the Golden Buzzer Acts. From the 40, acts, 8 acts performed each night over 5 consecutive nights. Each night, the top act in the public vote advanced immediately on to the Finals. The judges voted between the acts placing in 2nd and 3rd for the second spot in the finals each night.

Night 1[]

Main Article: Episode 1609

Name Act Bruno Alesha Amanda Simon Result
United 2 Dance Dance Group Ovation Ovation Eliminated (6th)
Gamal John Singer Ovation Eliminated (7th)
Ichikawa Koikuchi Flatulist No No No No ElIminated (8th)
Enzo Weyne Magician Eliminated (4th)
Parkour Collective Parkour Trio Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation Eliminated (5th)
Abi Carter-Simpson Singer / Ukelelist Check Check Eliminated (JC) (3rd)
Amy Lou Singer OvationCheck Ovation OvationCheck Ovation Moved On (JC) (2nd)
Musa Motha Dancer Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation Moved On

Night 2[]

Main Article: Episode 1610

Name Act Bruno Alesha Amanda Simon Result
Yo Highness Dance Group Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation Eliminated (6th)
Olivia Lynes Singer Ovation OvationCheck OvationCheck OvationCheck Moved On (JC) (3rd)
Nathan & Joanne Dance Duo Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation Eliminated (4th)
Lewis Fuller Magician / Musician / Singer / Multimedia Act Ovation Eliminated (5th)
Tia Connolly Singer Eliminated (7th)
Andrew Stanton Danger Act Eliminated (8th)
John's Boys Choir OvationCheck Ovation Ovation Ovation Eliminated (JC) (2nd)
Viggo Venn Novelty Act Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation Moved On

Night 3[]

Main Article: Episode 1611

Name Act Bruno Alesha Amanda Simon Result
Harry Churchill Electric Guitarist Ovation Ovation OvationCheck OvationCheck Eliminated (JC) (3rd)
Miki Dark Danger Act Eliminated (7th)
Travis George Singer Check Check Moved On (JC) (2nd)
Notorious Dance Group Ovation Ovation Ovation Eliminated (4th)
Markus Birdman Comedian No Eliminated (8th)
Ghetto Kids Dance Group Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation Moved On
Toy Toy Toy Yo-Yo Act Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation Eliminated (5th)
Dylan B Singer Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation Eliminated (6th)

Night 4[]

Main Article: Episode 1612

Name Act Bruno Alesha Amanda Simon Result
Tom & Noodle Singer Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation Eliminated (5th)
Chicken Shed Musical Theatre Group Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation Eliminated (6th)
Kimoon Do Magician No No No Eliminated (8th)
MB14 Beatboxer / Singer / Rapper Ovation OvationCheck Ovation OvationCheck Eliminated (JC) (3rd)
Boycanto Musical Theatre Group Ovation Ovation Ovation ElIminated (7th)
Duo Odyssey Aerial Duo OvationCheck Ovation OvationCheck Ovation Moved On (JC) (2nd)
Felix Clements Dancer Ovation Eliminated (4th)
Malakai Bayoh Opera Singer Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation Moved On

Night 5[]

Main Article: Episode 1613

Name Act Bruno Alesha Amanda Simon Result
Romeo & Icy Dance Duo Ovation Eliminated (8th)
Lilliana Clifton Dancer OvationCheck OvationCheck OvationCheck Ovation Moved On (JC) (3rd)
Nurse Georgie Carroll Comedienne Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation Eliminated (6th)
Cillian O’Connor Magician / Illusionist Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation Moved On
The Pixiebelles Variety Act Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation Eliminated (7th)
Cammy Barnes Singer / Guitarist Eliminated (5th)
Unity Dance Group Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation Eliminated (4th)
Tonikaku Novelty Act Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation Wildcard (2nd)

Grand Final[]

Main Article: Episode 1614

Name Act Bruno Alesha Amanda Simon Result
Ghetto Kids Dance Group Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation 6th Place.
Olivia Lynes Singer Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation 9th Place.
Amy Lou Singer Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation 7th Place.
Tonikaku Novelty Act Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation 11th Place.
Travis George Singer Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation 8th Place.
Duo Odyssey Aerial Duo Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation 10th Place
Cillian O’Connor Magician Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation 3rd Place
Lilliana Clifton Dancer Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation 2nd Place
Viggo Venn Novelty Act Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation Winner
Musa Motha Dancer Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation 5th Place
Malakai Bayoh Opera Singer Ovation Ovation Ovation Ovation 4th Place

Trivia[]

  • This is the first series to feature a new judge since Series 6.
  • This is the first series since Series 12 to have the Judge’s Vote tie 3 times.
  • This is the first series to feature 8 Golden Buzzer acts.
  • This is the first ever series to not feature Deliberation Day.
  • This is the first series since Series 3 to feature an an act buzzed off on the first night of the Semi-Finals.
  • This is the first series to have 3 Golden Buzzer acts perform on one Semi-Final night.
  • This is the first series since Series 10 for an act to receive exactly 3 buzzes on a Semi-Final.
  • This is the first series to have a Judge’s Golden Moment act’s audition remain untelevised.
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