Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions started this weekend – here are all the performances and results from the first episode.
The new series welcomes back acts from the past 13 years of BGT to go head to head in a bid to be crowned ultimate champion.
But they’re not alone, going up against contestants from across the world as well as each other.
Across five heats, nine acts will take to the stage each Saturday night and two will make it through to the grand final.
In the first heat tonight (August 31), the results saw Ukrainian sand performance artist Kseniya Simonova and daredevil duo Bello and Annaliese Nock making it through.
Kseniya won the first golden buzzer of the series from Amanda Holden while Bello and Annaliese won the superfan audience vote. Both will go through to the final.
Here’s a recap of tonight’s first round of performances below…
Ashleigh and Sully
2012 Britain’s Got Talent winner Ashleigh Pudsey won £500,000 after triumphing with her dog act featuring Pudsey. Sadly, Pudsey passed away in 2017 and Ashleigh now performs with new dog Sully. Performing in the first heat, the duo showcase a new routine to Mary Poppins song A Spoonful Of Sugar.
The Nelson Twins
Aussie comedy duo The Nelson Twins made the finals of Australia’s Got Talent in 2012. Made up of identical twins Chris and Justin Nelson, the pair’s unique brand of comedy saw them reel off some shocking one liners.
Kseniya Simonova (GOLDEN BUZZER)
Ukrainian sand performance artist Kseniya Simonova won Ukraine’s Got Talent in 2009 after her husband applied secretly on her behalf. She’s since taken her act across the globe, recently appearing in the American version of The Champions series where he made the final. Appearing on BGT, Kseniya won the golden buzzer from Amanda Holden.
The Sacred Riana
Indonesian Magician and illusionist The Sacred Riana won Asia’s Got Talent with her performance viewed over 650 million times. For BGT, she got Amanda up on stage for a spooky act…
As winner of the first ever series of Britain’s Got Talent, singer Paul Potts had no idea what he was in for when he stepped on stage for his audition back in 2007. Returning for the first BGT Champions series, Paul performed Parla piu piano.
Bello and Annaliese Nock (AUDIENCE WINNER)
Representing America are father and daughter daredevil duo Bello and Annaliese Nock. The two circus performers have previously performed stunts involving dynamite and helicopters. For BGT: The Champions, they risked their life in the Wheel of Death, a 50ft rotating wheel and won the superfan audience vote.
Indian dancers Bad Salsa are a dance duo made up of Sonali and Sarder. The pair previously appeared individually in India’s Got Talent: Sonali won India’s Got Talent Series 4 and Sarder was a semi-finalist in series 6 and 7.
Dance group Boogie Storm return having previously won Simon Cowell’s golden buzzer in 2016. Performing to a medley of hit songs, the group revealed a surprise new addition to their troupe for 2019 that had Simon Cowell asking questions.
Completing the line up of contestants in the first heat is singer Connie Talbot, who first appeared on Britain’s Got Talent when she was six years old. Now 18, she performed an original song which she said is all about never giving up on her dream.
Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions continues Saturday nights on ITV.
You can watch full episodes online via the ITV Hub.
Those who make it through the heat will go on to compete in the grand final at the end of the series.