Funnyman 41-year-old impressionist Les Gibson won over the judges on Britain's Got Talent 2011 tonight. Auditioning for the new look panel in Manchester, the comedian had the audience in stitches with his impressions of hosts Ant and Dec and The Apprentice's Lord Sugar.
Before his audition, Les said: "At school I was quite shy, the other kids would be going off having a sly fag behind the bike sheds and I used to impersonate all the teachers for them. I started doing talent competitions, local ones in Liverpool, and then I started doing the holiday parks.
"I’ve been doing impressions now, full-time, for 13 years. I’m working for myself right now and it can be a very insecure job, it’s hard work, driving up and down the country, wondering where the next gig’s coming from. There’s times when there isn’t as many gigs as usual, you never know what’s around the corner."
Les then took to the stage with an impression of Ant hosting I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! followed by a takeoff of Dec. In the wings the boys laughed - but as Les impersonates Dec, Ant says: "I preferred mine."
As the judges laughed, Ant told Dec: "I don’t think you’re that camp normally. You don’t normally sound like that. Ok, maybe a little bit."
Les continued his act with impressions of Alan Sugar, Ross Kemp and Coronation Street’s Kevin Webster and as he stands he got a standing ovation from the audience. In the wings, Dec joked: "They’re on their feet but I’m going to smash his face in when he comes off."
Michael told Les: "Les, I really, really, really enjoyed it, I thought you were brilliant. Very charismatic. Brilliant stuff with Ant and Dec. I don’t know what I found funnier, how much I enjoyed you or the fact that David Hasslehoff has no idea who any of those people are.
"I can’t wait to see what other impressions you do, you’ve obviously got a very versatile and diverse range. Well done."
As he comes off, Ant joked: "I’ve told Dec it was me and Cheryl Cole, he thought it was too camp." Dec laughs.