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Series 5 of Britain's Got Talent was held in 2011, and was won by singer Jai McDowall.

This was the first series after Piers Morgan had left the show; Simon Cowell was also not present for the auditions. New Judges Michael McIntyre and David Hasselhoff joined Amanda Holden for the auditions, with Cowell joining the three for the live shows. Neither Hasselhoff nor McIntyre returned for the sixth series.

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David Hasselhoff Michael McIntyre Amanda Holden Simon Cowell
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Main Article: Series 5 Auditions

The auditions for Series 5 were filmed between January and February 2011 in Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester, Cardiff, Birmingham and London. Seven episodes of auditions were aired between the 16th April and the 29th May. 

Second Round

After choosing 36 of the 40 acts to advance to the Semi-Finals, the Judges were unsure of who to give the remaining four spots to; as a result, eight acts were chosen to perform again, and the best of the two performers would advance. The results of this performance were as follows; New Bounce were chosen over B Minor, Abyss over High Definition, Jay Worley over Kevin, and Razy Gogonea over Michael Moral (however Moral was later reinstated).

This was the first and last time the semi-finalists were decided in this manner.

Semi Finals

40 acts from the auditions were chosen to perform in the Semi-Finals, the acts being revealed at the end of the second round on the 29th May.

Semi Final 1

The acts were:

Paul Gbegbaje and Ronan Parke made it through to the final.

Semi Final 2

In semi-final 2,Lorna Bliss, who was originally sent home in the first round of auditions, was brought back to perform in the semi-finals.

The acts were:

New Bounce and Jean Martyn made it through to the final.

Semi Final 3

The acts were:

Les Gibson and James Hobley made it through to the final.

Semi Final 4

The acts were:

Jai McDowall and Steven Hall made it through to the final.

Semi Final 5

In semi-final 5, Michael Moral, who was originally eliminated, was brought back to perform in the semi-finals

The acts were:

Michael Collings and Razy Gogonea made it through to the final.

Top 5 acts by voting percentage

  1. Ronan Parke (61.6%)
  2. Jai McDowall (42.9%)
  3. Les Gibson (38.1%)
  4. Razy Gogonea (36%)
  5. New Bounce (34.3%)

Worst 5 acts by voting percentage

  1. Mr. and Mrs. (0.3%)
  2. Mexican Mayhem (0.4%)
  3. Stuart Arnold (0.4%)
  4. Antonio Popeye (0.6%)
  5. Wachiraporn Tirpak (0.7%)

The Final

These are the results of the Final:

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