Britain’s Got Talent, presented by Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, returned to our screens on Saturday
ITV say it was also the most popular programme across all the channels so far this year for 16 to 34-year-olds.
But Saturday night’s show peaked at 9.6 million viewers with a 41% audience share – making it the most watched programme of the night.
It surpassed the Grand National, aired on ITV earlier that afternoon, which saw a peak of 8.5 million viewers – an increase on last year’s 8.2 million.
The TV star struggled to watch the escapologist trapped under water
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Fans were delighted to see Ant McPartlin back on TV beside Declan Donnelly during the show at the weekend.
The pre-recorded auditions were filmed prior to Ant’s drink driving crash that prompted Ant to step out of the spotlight to address his addiction.
The duo hit their golden buzzer for magic act Marc Spelmann who managed to reduce the audience to tears with his performance.
The hosts were moved to tears by magician Marc Spelmann
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Meanwhile music teacher Robert White got four yeses for his song which joked that Simon had no friends, slammed Amanda’s fashion sense and Alesha’s looks and claimed David Walliams was on gay dating app Grindr.
And Alesha couldn’t hide her discomfort when escapologist Matt Johnson attempted to break out of a padlocked water tank.
Child prodigy Calum Courtney, who you might recognise from an incredible viral video, also appeared on Saturday night’s show.
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