Britain’s Got Talent: Would the Next Susan Boyle Please Stand Up?

The season premiere of Britain’s Got Talent netted a record 12 million viewers this weekend in the UK.

If Simon Cowell was expecting the next Susan Boyle from Week One’s crop of hopefuls, he was disappointed. But there were a few standouts. 10-year-old Chloe Hickinbottom pleased the judges with a confident rendering of Vera Lynn‘s “(There Will Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover.” Not the most exciting vocal, but hey, Dame Vera herself gave the performance a seal of approval:

And then there was dancer Tobias Mead, who did this über-creepy (yet oddly sexy) body-popping routine:

Simon Cowell had said he wants to find a four-legged star this season – “the next Lassie,” as he termed it. Well, he may have found it in this ballet-dancing pooch:

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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