‘Britain’s Got Talent’: Impressionist Marea Smithson revives ‘Weakest Link’

Finally, something different!

Remember “Weakest Link”? Even though this show remained on the air in Britain for a whopping 12 years until ending in March 2012, it was only on in America off and on for a few years (including a brief run in America using a different host than the stellar Anne Robinson).

On Saturday night’s new episode of “Britain’s Got Talent,” we had an opportunity to see our first real reminder of Robinson in years courtesy of Marea Smithson, a shy medical office employee who really had quite a gift at impersonations. Her entire act was set up like an introduction to the show, with Smithson’s version of Robinson introducing some of the other celebrities on stage.

Granted, as an American we would be lying if we said that we knew and understood everyone that she was impersonating — though we will say that we found it hilarious that she referenced “Strictly Come Dancing” despite it airing on a rival network in BBC One (and competing against Simon Cowell’s other show in “The X Factor”).

While we are a little bit concerned (as Cowell is) about whether or not Smithson is someone who is going to be confident enough to keep her brand of humor going moving forward, we have to give her credit for being rather hilarious. However, she’s going to have to really bring the funny in the live shows (if she makes it that far) if she hopes to really being funny rather than just horrific and uncomfortable.

What did you think about this audition?

Photo: ITV

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