Britain's Got Talent 2012: The Zimmers tipped for the live shows

Britain's Got Talent

The Britain's Got Talent 2012 live finals could see the world's oldest band, The Zimmers, according to reports today.

According to The Sun, the group — who have a combined age of around 3,000 years — received a standing ovation after their audition earlier this year.

The group of 50 over-70s impressed the judges with their performance, after a string of bad auditions, including one man who did an impression of a dalek with a saucepan.

"It is debatable whether this is the best talent Britain has to offer but it will make good TV, which is Simon Cowell's priority," a source told the newspaper today.

But The Zimmers aren't new to the business, having released an album and singles in the past, which charted in the Top 40.

The source added to the tabloid: "Many of the other acts have asked whether it's fair to have an established band auditioning at all.

"The fact of the matter is the talent pool is drying up so they've had to extend the boundaries to get entertaining acts the public want to see.

"It's not like they're Coldplay. They haven't had enormous success but it is true that they have had a record deal and released singles in the past."

Britain's Got Talent 2012 returns to ITV1 on March 24.