Simon Cowell on pressing Britain's Got Talent golden buzzer: 'it was magical'

Britain's Got Talent returns to our TV screens on Saturday, and viewers can expect a variety of acts - from modern day Von Trapp singers to a roller-skating brother and sister duo who perform death-defying tricks. But there is one act that is already standing out for Simon Cowell, a 26-year-old singer called Callum.


David Walliams joins Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon, and Amanda Holden on the judging panel

Callum, who on episode one of Britain's Got Talent was called "an artist" by Simon, auditioned in Manchester directly after his sister, tugging on the judge's heartstrings, and leading Simon to press the all-important golden buzzer.

When asked why he felt the need to press the golden buzzer, Simon said: "I felt it in the room interestingly, that’s why it’s always good to have an audience.

"I could feel the reaction, you could just tell. We got lost in the performance, and it was such a great version of the song - and what had happened with the sister, just the whole interaction, it was magical."


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Simon, along with fellow judges Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon, spoke at the Thursday launch of season nine of the hit ITV talent show.

He added: "Sometimes when you do the audition you do get in a bit of a bubble and you watch it back and think 'Christ, what was I thinking?' but I am glad I pressed the buzzer."


The Ysgol Choir has 162 members

Other acts in episode one including hilarious dog acts - including one young pup who takes a dislike to host Ant McPartlin - and a Welsh choir. Amanda revealed that she thinks Ysgol Choir, from Bangor in North Wales, may just have what it take to go all the way.

"I think the choir has a good chance, although I do love the brother and sister roller-skating act," she revealed. "But I do love the choir.

"I think the choir is something that every single person... you know, you can’t not like them, they’re young, and it was such a beautiful song, nothing we had heard before."

Britain's Got Talent returns on Saturday 11 April.

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