Britain’s Got Talent is back tonight as the Judges trawl the length and breadth of the UK in search of Britain’s best talent in the first of the auditions shows.
Hosted by the award-winning Ant & Dec, Simon Cowell is joined on the exciting new panel by comedian David Walliams; singer, songwriter Alesha Dixon; and returning Judge, Amanda Holden.
Recently Alesha Dixon was interviewed about the sixth series of BGT and this is what she had to say:
How are you finding your new position on the Judging panel?
It’s been a great experience so far. I think the best way to describe it would be mad! We’ve had lots of colourful contestants, lots of banter between us Judges, some amazing talent and some not so amazing talent. It’s been really nice as coming from Strictly, which is a little bit more reserved, you can definitely be a bit more crazy on this show. I’ve been out of my seat dancing and I’ve laughed a lot so that’s always a good thing.
What part of the job appealed to you most?
I think it was the chance to see such a variety of talent that appealed to me. I don’t only love dance but I love singing and lots of different musical instruments, I love comedians, and things that are different that I’ve never seen before. I love the fact that you never know what will happen next. I love entertainment as a whole and I don’t know any other show where you’d get to see something for
Had you ever met or worked with any of the other Judges before?
I’d met David a few times over the years because he used to come down to watch Strictly. I’d met Amanda at a couple of events but I’d never actually worked with her. I’ve known Simon for a while. I met him about 10 years ago at SMTV, I was on there as a guest with Mis-teeq, and we’ve seen each other a few times over the years since then.
How have the four of you got on?
Really well, but I was never really worried about that as I generally get on with most people. Amanda is a girl’s girl, which is great. We’re in it together when the boys decide to try and pick on us and we stick up for each other. David has been brilliant. The fact that we
were both new means we kind of bonded over that. As for Simon, as much as he winds you up by being very cheeky, he’s a really cool guy and you can have a laugh with him as he’s got a good sense of humour. Together there’s a nice balance and mix between us all, we all bring something unique to the table.
If you were to enter Britain’s Got Talent, what would your act be?
I would just be myself – I’d sing, dance, do the whole shebang! I can’t juggle or tell jokes; I’m pretty bad at that, so I’d have to stick to what I know.
Without giving too much away, what have been some of the best acts during the auditions?
As much as we saw some amazing singers and dancers, I’ve actually loved the acts that bring something new to the table that I’ve never seen before. The first time I’d ever seen a new and unique talent performed was actually a really special experience. I loved that. They were the times when I got really excited. I also loved the brilliantly bad acts. They’re not necessarily talented, as they’re not the best singers or dancers, but they have a special quality that entertains you and you really root for them. I’ve always said, if you can actually entertain then you do have some sort of talent. There are so many acts that I’ve said yes to that I never thought I would because they’ve made me smile or laugh. I really surprised myself.
And the worst?
I hate it when people are so bad that they’re not even funny. I can never work out if some of them are having us on. It’s always a let-down if they come on and talk their act up, saying they are going to do something amazing and blow us away then they are just terrible. That’s where Simon is good with his straight talking. He says it how it is. Sometimes people need a bit of a wakeup call.
You have lots of experience performing live, what would be your top tip to the live finalists?
They’re going to have to work hard both on their performance and their confidence. I would tell them that you can never rehearse enough. The more you put in the more you get out. They’ve also just got to enjoy the whole thing as it is an amazing experience.
What’s best about Britain?
There are loads of things I love about Britain, but I think the best thing is the British spirit. No matter what’s going on we all come together as a nation when it counts. Whether it’s the Olympics, whether it’s the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, whether it’s Britain’s Got Talent, the British public love to get behind something that we believe in. The British spirit is strong and I love that. Sitting in auditions all over the country with around 3000 members of the British public sitting in the audience, there was always a really good energy in the room. They knew what they liked and what they didn’t like and made sure they were heard. They were passionate, I loved it!
Do you worry about finding the right winner for The Royal Variety Performance?
It’s a big responsibility but I’m not worried because I genuinely believe out of all the acts we put through to the live finals there’s some incredible talent in there that I’d be proud for the world to see. Every act that I liked, I was thinking not only how would this work for the Royal Family, but also how would this translate in America, in Asia, in the rest of Europe. I honestly believe there’s some world class talent this year.
What kind of act would you like to see win this year?
To be honest, I don’t have a preference. Whether it’s a dancing dog, a comedian, or a singer or a dancer, it has to be someone that connects with the audience and works hard at their talent. I want the person that wins to be the act that most catches the hearts of the British public, the act that the nation is right behind and really wants them to win, regardless of what their act is.
Britain’s Got Talent 2012 – ITV1 and ITV1 HD – Saturday 24 March – 8pm