Gallery: BGT auditions come to Birmingham

It was a freezing February day with the rain lashing down but the celebrity judges obviously hadn’t noticed as the ladies flashed the flesh and Simon Cowell wore his trademark shades.


Only David  Walliams was all  wrapped up to face the chilly winter weather while his fellow judges were definitely dressed for sunnier climes.

Arriving to the sound of screaming fans, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden showed off their figures as they walked the red carpet in revealing dresses at Birmingham Hippodrome.

All eyes were on the four stars as they arrived in the city for latest round of Britain’s Got Talent auditions. 

Fans had started queuing from around 1.30pm outside the venue  yesterday eagerly waiting for the judges to make an appearance.

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A big screen was set-up outside showing trailers and past clips of the ITV show for those waiting in line. The first judge to arrive was Little Britain comedian Walliams, who stopped to sign autographs and pose for pictures before heading inside. 

Music mogul Cowell was seen blowing kisses at the crowds while Holden and Dixon also made time to speak to the fans.  Among those who made the journey was Amber Roberts, aged 17, of Deer Close, Norton Canes, who was there with friends. The Lichfield College student, who studies TV and film, said: “I think it’s good entertainment and it’s good to watch the show with your family.

“I love the singing acts and the dancing ones always make me laugh. I was excited to see Simon and David. Simon is like an old version of me; very, very honest. The relationship between Simon and David is the best thing ever.” Laura Hawksley, 16, of Columbian Crescent, Burntwood, said: “I love the bad acts on the show. I love the acrobats and the magicians. I’m looking forward to everything this year.

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“I love David Walliams; he’s really funny. He keeps the atmosphere lively and his criticism is the best.

“I think there’s an amazing atmosphere here, I’ve never seen anything like it, waiting for the judges to arrive and hearing the screaming.”

Becky Whiting, 17, of Sheriff Close, Lichfield, said: “I think the show is really, really good, I love the comedians. I was really excited about coming here. I’ve been buzzing about it.”

The Lichfield College student who is also studying TV and film added: “I love watching Simon on TV. I’m a big fan of the show and X Factor.

 I find him attractive and he’s really honest, and he’s funny when he’s honest. He’s just great.” Staffordshire University student Bethany Holmes, who is studying nursing was there with her mother Lorraine Holmes, 50.

The 21-year-old of Wellington in Telford said: “I love the variety of the show and the judges, I’m looking forward to seeing something different than singing. 

“We came last year and saw Attraction at the ICC. I love David, he’s just funny and down to earth.”

Retail manager and mother of two Louise Woodward queued outside the Birmingham Hippodrome with her family. 

The 33 year old, who had travelled from Worcester said: “We watch the show every year, we are big fans. 

“We love the judges, Amanda is lovely and David is funny.”

Mother of three Wendy Glenn, 48, had travelled from Derby with her daughter-in-law Sarah Down, 27, to see the show.

She said: “It’s definitely a good day out. It’s good to come and have a laugh.”


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