The Britain’s Got Talent live shows will finally kick off tomorrow after weeks of auditions and one former contestant has dropped a major bombshell about what it’s like to take part in the ITV talent show.
Magician Jamie Raven finished in second place on the ninth series of Britain’s Got Talent behind dog trickduo Jules O’Dwyer and Matisse
In an interview with Express.co.uk, Jamie revealed that contestants have no idea whether they are going to progress to the live shows as they are kept separate from acts they know performed well during the audition process.
He confessed: “When you go back for the day to be told whether you’ve progressed or not, they’re very clever with how they do it.
“When they line you up on stage you’re not there with any of the acts that you auditioned with.
“They keep you separated because if I saw that I was standing next to a singer who I had heard Simon Cowell say was the best singing in the world, I would have a pretty good idea I’d be going through.”
When asked whether he was nervous before he auditioned, Jamie admitted: “I had been put under pressure with a few shows before but that doesn’t prepare you in the slightest for the massive operation that is Britain’s Got Talent.”
Jamie has been keeping an eye on this year’s show and revealed who he will be routing for during the semi-finals.
He continued: “My friend Kojo who got the Golden Buzzer, is absolutely brilliant and my friend Matt Sterling is unreal so they’re the two I’m cheering for this year.”
Since appearing on the show Jamie has gone on to tour the world with his solo show and is now opening the first ever magic theatre and workshop in Bluewater Shopping Centre.
Describing the project, he said: “We’re opening the first magic theatre, magic shop and magic school in the country to try and get more kids interested in learning magic and helping them with social skills.
“Every day we’ll be doing classes, where everyone can learn magic and we’re super excited about it. I’ve been so blessed with Britain’s Got Talent.”
Meanwhile, the winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2019 may have already been revealed if the latest bookies odds are to be believed.
One of the acts that really impressed the judges was Flakefleet Primary School.
David Walliams enjoyed their performance so much that he ended up pressing the Golden Buzzer and sending them straight through to the live finals.
Now leading booker Coral has placed the act in pole position to win the competition after slashing their odds from 5-1 to 4-1.
Chapter 13 are close behind with odds of 5-1, and David and Finn are in third position at 6-1.
Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead said: “Chapter 13 had jumped to the top of our market, but the latest surge of bets has been on Flakefleet Primary School, and the choir are now our clear favourites once more to win Britain’s Got Talent this year.”
He added: “Punters are backing them in their numbers to be the ones to go all the way.”
Other acts near the top of Coral’s betting include Ben Hart (10-1 to win), Jonathan Goodwin (12-1) and another Golden Buzzer winner Giorgia Borg (16-1).
Britain’s Got Talent airs Monday at 8pm on ITV