‘Britain’s Got Talent’ review: Alex Magala, Beau Dermott, and Darren Altman shine in premiere

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Britain’s Got Talent” is back, ladies and gents! What’s more exciting than that? It is our favorite talent competition anywhere on the planet, both in terms of the quality of the acts and also the chemistry of the judging panel. Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden, and our personal favorite David Walliams all know each other extremely well, and it makes for a heck of an entertaining show.

Just as we do with all of our reviews here, though, we’re going to ignore most of the riffraff, and focus mostly on the positive as the episode progresses. Stay tuned for some further updates, and refresh the page!

Togni Brothers – The first act of the night we genuinely liked, mostly because of the strength / acrobatics required to basically flip your own brother around.

The Collaborative Orchestra – This is one of those acts that was really cool just for the element of surprise. It was really a full orchestra / choir that all came out of hiding after it looked at first like just a pianist. Here’s the problem: How do you really make this impressive now that we know what to expect?

Trip Hazard and Lucy – This was really cute, and Simon reminded us right away of how annoyed people got with Jules O’Dwyer last year for having multiple dogs that the public believed was only one. (We never really cared.) The issue here is that while fun, we didn’t see anything here that we haven’t seen before with other dancing dogs.

Darren Altman – He’s a super-funny impressionist, but what we liked about him beyond just what he did in terms of his talent was how he framed them, and also how he would tell you how to do the impressions, which was funny in its own right.

Paisley – Fun kid dancer. She could make it to the next round and perform on the live shows, but we’re not sure there’s anything unique enough to get her beyond that.

George Kavanagh – Meanwhile, a fun kid comedian. He’s no Jack Carroll, but his jokes were clever for his age. He needs some more training.

Beau Dermott – Of course, we always have one really good kid singer every season. Beau, singing “Defying Gravity,” is that person this year. Now, we’re probably going to go ahead and annoy some people. Was she worthy of Amanda Holden’s Golden Buzzer? Absolutely, but the show made it so predictable that she was going to get it. We even had the same music cue that we had in the past for other recipients. We don’t want to take away from the moment, but we like these so much better when the audience isn’t chanting for longer than five seconds; it’s a dead giveaway for what is coming next.

Let’s pause and give more credit to Beau, who did do very well.

Alex Magala – The best sword swallower we’ve ever seen, and we’ve seen a lot of them over the years. The difference between Alex and some of the others here is primarily that this guy doesn’t just go up there and swallow swords, which we’ve seen for years now; he did some acrobatic stunts with the sword in his mouth! Completely crazy, terrifying, and great entertainment.

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