Here's tonight's Britain's Got Talent 2018 semi-final line up with the contestants performing on Monday's live show.
This evening will see the first live show of the series as eight acts perform live before the public vote opens.
Each night eight of the final 40 semi-finalists will perform live in the hope of impressing viewers at home and winning the all-important public vote.
Two acts from each night’s show will make it into the live final on Sunday 3 June, with a chance of winning a life changing £250,000 and a spot at this year's Royal Variety Performance.
But this year it won’t just be down to the viewers. The act with the highest public vote will automatically go into the final while the judges will decide between the second and third placed acts as to who will join them.
Up on this evening's (Monday) show are...
Tonight's Britain's Got Talent 2018 line up
Former hit maker Lifford may be known for his early 2000’s music, but after feeling overwhelmed by the pressure Lifford stepped back from the spotlight. Ready to pursue his love of music again, Lifford took to the stage to perform ‘A Change is Gonna Come’ by Sam Cooke. Alesha, impressed by Lifford’s return, said, “It felt right because I feel like it takes courage and bravery when you have been in this industry and it knocks you down, and you came back… you so deserve this moment”, after she pressed the golden buzzer.
Cali Swing are a group of 10 dancers aged 9-14 years old, living in London. All the children in the group are from a Latin American background and want to show off their culture on the BGT stage. “That was extraordinary,” said Alesha. “Each and every one of you committed to that choreography with such heart and passion it was bursting out of your souls!”
ELLIE AND JEKI
Ellie (34) and Jeki (29) are a married couple who met seven years ago. They are both magicians from South Korea and perform an impressive quick-change act. The pair decided to apply for Britain’s Got Talent as they believe it is the most famous TV show in the world and they’d love to perform for the Royal family. “For me that was absolute pure variety,” said Amanda. “Brilliant, slick, fabulous act.”
LOST VOICE GUY
37-year-old Lee Ridley lives in Newcastle, were he works as a full-time stand-up comedian. Lee has cerebral palsy, and after falling ill as a baby was left unable to speak. He uses a ‘text-to-speech’ app on his iPad to communicate. Much of Lee’s comedy material centres around his disability, but Lee wants to prove that disabled people are just like everyone else and can have a sense of humour. “Lee that was hilarious from start to finish… I think it’s one of the best stand-up comedy routines I’ve ever seen, let alone on the show!” said David.
Maddox (31) from Buckingham is a session musician but has focused on teaching himself magic and sleight of hand over the past 10 years whilst touring with bands. On BGT Maddox performed magic tricks using a Rubik’s cubes, bringing Amanda on stage to solve her own behind her back. “That was quite remarkable,” said Simon. “Fantastic!” Maddox auditioned for BGT as he believes it is the best place where he can showcase what he loves, magic.
Matt Johnson is a 43-year-old magician and escapologist living in Vancouver, Canada, but born and raised in Rotherham. On the show Matt performs an escapology trick whilst he’s locked and chained inside a tank filled with water. Matt admits the trick has gone wrong more times than it’s gone right. Luckily when Matt took to the BGT stage he did escape, impressing the judges and audience alike. “Wow, wow, wow, wow!” exclaimed Simon, “I’ve got to tell you, that was unbelievable! Respect Matt!”
Shameer Rayes is a University student from Manchester. Dance has always been a big part of Shameer’s life and five years ago he started dancing properly, performing on the stage and at freestyle club gigs. Shameer loves to dance, he says it is a way to express himself without words and that BGT is the best stage to showcase this talent.
THE D-DAY DARLINGS
The D-Day Darlings are a wartime themed choir of nine women aged 27-39. Katie, the leader of the group, formed the choir 10 years ago and manages them for a living, whilst the other girls have various jobs including customer service and HR. One of the main reasons for auditioning on Britain’s Got Talent is to bring their wartime spirit into the hearts of the new generation. Alesha said, “It’s so important that we remember people and keep their spirits alive, and you’re doing that brilliantly.”
It's quite a varied selection of acts and we've no idea which two will be voted into the final!
As well as performances from the acts, each night will also see a guest performer as the semi-finalists wait to find out if they are one step closer to being crowned winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2018.
Appearing on tonight's show will be the cast of Matilda The Musical, plus former BGT winners Diversity.
Britain's Got Talent 2018 airs tonight LIVE from 7:30PM on ITV with the results at 9:30PM.
The live semi-finals air all week until Friday before the final on Sunday, June 3.