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

Kevin Wicks founded'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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