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Britains Got Talent Season 6

SEASON 6 - 2012

The sixth series of Britain's Got Talent began airing on ITV on 24 March 2012 and ended 12 May 2012. Ant & Dec returned to present the main show on ITV, while Stephen Mulhern returned to present spin-off show Britain's Got More Talent on ITV2. Simon Cowell and Amanda Holden returned as judges, with Cowell returning full-time after only being present at the live shows in series 5. Alesha Dixon and David Walliams also joined the judging panel, replacing Michael McIntyre and David Hasselhoff. The series was won by dancing dog act Ashleigh and Pudsey, with opera duo Jonathan and Charlotte coming second. Welsh choir Only Boys Aloud came third.

This series was sponsored by Virgin Media. This year the winner's cash prize was increased from £100,000 to £500,000 and the number of judges was increased from three to four. The series was supposed to premiere on 14 April, as mid-April is when each series usually begins, but it was brought forward three weeks to premiere on 24 March – the same night as the launch of The Voice UK on BBC One.

Auditions

Auditionees had three ways to audition for the show this year:

- Attend the "open" audition in London. An "open" audition (where registration is not necessary) was held at London's The Oval on 22 January 2012, though the judges were not present at this audition. This was the first time in the show's history that an open audition took place.

- Upload a video audition via YouTube or Vimeo. Video auditionees who were successful were invited to perform in front of the judges on the Britain's Got Talent stage at the Birmingham auditions.

- Judge's Audition. The judges' auditions took place in Edinburgh, Blackpool, Birmingham, Manchester, Cardiff and London from the end of January 2012 starting in Manchester and ending in Birmingham. This was the first time that the Scotland auditions took place in Edinburgh instead of Glasgow. Auditions returned to Blackpool for the first time since series 2 in 2008. The semi-finalists were chosen on 25 February.

The first episode aired on 24 March and featured auditions from Manchester, Birmingham and London. Episode two featured more auditions from Birmingham and London, as well as the Blackpool auditions. Episode three onwards showcased auditions from acts from all six audition cities. The final audition episode on 5 May also revealed who the judges chose to advance to the live semi-finals.

Semi-Finals

The live shows began on 6 May 2012, the day after the final audition episode. The first semi-final was just two straight hours from 8:00pm. From 7–10 May, there were semi-finals every day from 7.30pm - 9:00pm, with the results show at 9.30pm. The final was held on 12 May. Unlike previous series, there were nine semi-finalists each night instead of the usual eight, as this year saw "the best talent for a number of years.

Each results show featured a guest performance. The X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos performed on the first show while The Wanted performed on the second. The third featured LMFAO and the fourth featured Labrinth. Rebecca Ferguson performed on the fifth show.

Finals

At the beginning of the first semi-final on 6 May, Ant & Dec announced that there would be an extra place in the final for one additional wildcard act, who would be selected by the judges. The judges eventually narrowed the choices down to three: The Mend, Four Corners and Twist and Pulse Dance Company. The Mend were announced as the chosen wildcard act at the start of the final.

Aquabatique performed outside the studio, with the judges watching from inside. The voting percentages were revealed after the final. With a peak of 13.8 million viewers, the final was revealed to be the most-watched show of 2012, for a small while. It was later beaten by the match of England vs. Italy in UEFA Euro 2012, the 2012 Wimbledon Men's Final and the opening and closing ceremonies of the London Olympics.

Guest performers at finals:

- Susan Boyle – "You'll See"

- Diversity & Paul Gbegbaje

- The Show Bears featuring David Walliams - "It's Raining Men". (During the performance, Simon, Amanda and Alesha jokingly pressed their buzzer, Simon actually pressed Amanda's buzzer).

The series was won by dancing dog act Ashleigh and Pudsey, with opera duo Jonathan and Charlotte coming second. Welsh choir Only Boys Aloud came third.

FINALISTS

WINNER

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