Singer Tom Ball and actress Eva Abley in the BGT final

Singer Tom Ball and comedian Eva Abley secured places in Britain’s Got Talent (BGT) final on Sunday after the third live semi-final.

The two artists qualified for the final of the ITV Talent Show after a night of electrifying performances, which also saw former Diversity winners deliver a gripping dance routine about the digital age.

Ball was launched after receiving the most votes from the public.

Abley, who has cerebral palsy, took on Japanese magician Keiichi Iwasaki, but judges David Walliams, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden all voted to pass her.

Schoolgirl Abley, 14, had the judges and audience laughing with her comedic timing as she poked fun at her condition which affects her speech and movements.

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Walliams said she was her “favorite act of the mile week”, describing her as “so adorable” but applauded her “deadly” jokes which took aim at judge Simon Cowell.

While high school teacher Ball secured her spot after a powerful rendition of Rise Like A Phoenix by Eurovision star Conchita Wurst, which won the Austrian singer‘s song contest in 2014.

Magician Iwasaki originally secured a spot in the semi-finals after featuring the duo Ant and Dec awarding him their golden buzzer after his first audition.

During the show, he performed a dazzling magic number that saw him arrive on stage on his bicycle, but it wasn’t quite enough to secure him a place in the final.

Among the eight semi-finalists was also the acrobatic group The Freaks who shocked the audience and the judges with dramatic and pyrotechnical displays.

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Dance troupe Les Sancho also fought for a spot with a matrix-inspired routine, some wearing black suits and others long black trench coats and glasses, however, Cowell was not a fan and gave to their performance a red buzzer.

Nine-year-old schoolgirl Immi Davis gave a powerful performance of Bishop Briggs’ hit single River, while harmony trio The Dots delivered a slapstick musical theater style number.

Dane Bates Collective also missed out after performing a soulful contemporary dance routine to Andy Grammer’s Don’t Give Up On Me.

Past BGT winners Diversity delivered a stunning performance that paid homage to the digital age and how social media has connected us.

The routine also referenced the 24,000 complaints filed with Ofcom over their Black Lives Matter inspired routine they performed on the show in 2020. It went on to win the TV Bafta Awards 2021 must-watch moment, which is voted by the public.

Following Wednesday’s performance, the band’s lead dancer, Ashley Banjo, thanked everyone for “supporting our backs” when they were crowned 13 years ago and in recent years.

Impressionist Ben Nickless and musical duo Flintz and Taylor have already reached the final after successful performances in last night’s semi-final.

As busker Maxwell Thorpe and 13-year-old ventriloquist Jamie Leahey secured their place in the final after their performances on Monday’s show.

Source: Press Association

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