Saturday 23 November saw huge scores of people turn out for Britain’s Got Talent auditions in Belfast. Singers, dancers, and magicians gathered at the Castlecourt Shopping Centre to try to wow show producers and judges to win a spot on the acclaimed ITV show. The 14th series will continue the tradition of allowing the winner to perform at the Royal Variety Performance and bagging a hefty cash prize – plus the chance to skyrocket to stardom with their talent.


Talent in Belfast

Crossgar singer Mark McMullan wowed judges with his voice last year, earning the 23-year-old a spot in the June 2 Final of the 13th series of Britain’s Got Talent. Despite finishing in 7th place overall, the singer was able to showcase the talent that stems from Northern Ireland and could have inspired those who flocked to audition for the next series. While London-based winners seem to dominate a lot of talent competitions, auditioning those from other regions around the UK helps give viewers a taste of life outside the home counties bubble.

Talent seems to run in the water in Belfast, as the hit TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race UK saw one of the Belfast-based performers just beaten to fourth place in the performance-based competition. Drag performer Blu Hydrangea talked proudly about Belfast during their time on the show and posters of support could be seen on electronic billboards throughout the city. The performer, real name Joshua Cargill helped showcase a different style of talent coming out of Northern Ireland and urged more people to embrace it in his region.


Britain’s Got Talent Success

The 14th series of the talent competition is expected to air in early 2020 – and will likely continue to excel where same-channel rival show The X Factor has dropped off. The ability to showcase a wide array of talents, not just singing, could be the reason for the success of the show. Personality pair Ant and Dec, and fellow judge David Walliams could also keep viewers high for the talent show. While singers can find their own fame through social media and viral stardom, it’s much more difficult for magician, gymnasts, and choirs, who have shone on the talent comp.

Britain’s Got Talent remains popular even now. You can start playing Bingo Slots that are themed around the hit talent competition. The Britain’s Got Talent bingo slot game doesn’t force you to sing, dance, flip, or train your dog in front of Simon Cowell, but it does tap into the excitement and tension felt when watching the show to create a unique style of gameplay. This shows just how popular the theme of the game is and how it is attracting different kinds of audiences.

Britain’s Got Talent gives those from different communities the opportunities to shine in the public eye and to make a name for themselves with their brand of talent. While X Factor might opt for young twenty-somethings, Britain’s Got Talent was last won by 89-year-old Colin Thackery. This just goes to show the reach and possibility that the talent show affords people.

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