Mike Norman briefly reviews last night's third semi-final of Britain's Got Talent before looking ahead to tonight's live heat where young duo Bars and Melody seem impossible to oppose...
"Rowbotham - described by David Walliams during her audition as possibly the poshest contestant ever on BGT - is an electric violinist who performed a mixture of contemporary songs to a very high quality, rendering all four judges to heap lavish praise on the 24-year-old."
As predicted, last night's third semi-final was car crash television, part two. Apart from one act of course.
Simon Cowell couldn't really have summed it up better when he said, "You literally saved the show tonight, I was on my way home... and then you came back."
Cowell was talking about Lucy Kay who stole the show without a shadow of doubt and I'm guessing won the public vote with ease - she was matched at a high of [1.5] to win and at [1.2] to qualify. As I said in yesterday's preview, such odds looked generous and so it proved.
Kay is now [7.4] thrid favourite to win the competition outright behind Monday's winners Collabro ([2.6]) and tonight's semi-finalists Bars and Melody ([4.0]).
Going through to next Saturday's live final with Kay are French dance trio Yanis, Arnaud, & Mehdi (matched at [3.25] to qualify), and although it's hard to knock their performance you have to say that it's rather dull. Though obviously a lot of the British public would disagree with me on that opinion.
Three men dancing sedately (and that's putting it politely, for the most part they just walked on a treadmill) in high heels is certainly not my cup of tea and they received mixed comments from the judges.
It was a similar story for dance troupe Cartel, who performed ok but received rather negative comments from both Alesha Dixon and Cowell. Compare that to the performance of my To Qualify selection REAformed, who for me (and yes, I may be speaking through an empty pocket here) were the only other act to shine last night and received extremely positive comments from the judging panal.
So what I found really interesting was how both Cartel and the French guys were trading as second favourites and third favourites to win last night as soon as the voting opened, whereas REAformed drifted out to nearly [200.0] on the Exchange.
I'm not sure if I'm saying that something is being leaked but you knew instantly from the betting that Cartel, and Yanis, Arnaud, & Mehdi would be the ones finishing immediately behind Lucy Kay in the public vote.
Or maybe it's just the public being a far better judge than me (and Cowell), and/or - as I feared - they didn't want two vocal acts progressing to the final from one night.
Anyway, let's move on to tonight's live semi-final where I doubt Bars and Melody will have any trouble impressing myself, Cowell, and the public if their outstanding audition is anything to go by. If you're yet to see it then take a look for yourself;
That incredible and touching audition has had over 60m views on Youtube when you total up the various clips, and the song performed in it is certain to be a huge hit for teenagers Charlie and Leondre.
The lyrics were superb and brilliantly written by a young boy who suffered bullying, but it wasn't just that, this wasn't just a case of the audience taking to a cute young duo who had gone through hard times. Leondre's rapping was on the money and Charlie has a great voice himself. Their manners and attitude were to be applauded; they were simply faultless and thoroughly deserve the attention that they have generated.
I'm pretty sure we'll here that audition song again though hopefully it will be performed in the final. If that's the case then it means the boys will have to perform a new song tonight and that is the only doubt I'd have about lumping on the [1.2] that you can get about them in the Semi-Final 4 Winner market.
But given Bars and Melody's growing popularity, they could probably perform a nursery rhyme tonight and still win.
Instead I'm very happy to wager in the To Qualify market on an equally likeable act in Lettice Rowbotham. She is available to back at [2.2] at the time of writing, but incredibly she's been matched at [4.0] and [4.1] which was an absolute steal.
Rowbotham - described by David Walliams during her audition as possibly the poshest contestant ever on BGT - is an electric violinist who performed a mixture of contemporary songs to a very high quality, rendering all four judges to heap lavish praise on the 24-year-old.
Again, unlike a magician, a comedian, a ventriloquist etc, Rowbotham's act isn't one that can go wrong, so as long as she is her usual outgoing self tonight and doesn't go too over the top then I can easily see her putting in a stunning performance and making the final.
Back Lettice Rowbotham To Qualify @ [2.2] or better