Brit expat entertainers in Spain wooed by Britain’s Got Talent

Published:  3 Aug at 6 PM
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Talent-spotting bosses from the popular TV show are scouring Spain for British entertainers to fill the audition listings.

Less than two months after the 2017 Britain’s Got Talent contest ended, its talent-spotters were on a plane headed for Benidorm in an effort to recruit new talent able to halt the show’s declining viewer ratings. Series 11, whilst not a total flop, failed to inspire its core audience due to a conspicuous lack of serious talent in the artistes chosen from a smaller than usual pool of auditionees.

Simon Cowell hopes mining an as yet undiscovered raft of professional entertainers in the popular tourist and expat resort will halt the decline and re-establish the show as the most popular of its type on British television. Wannabe stars working in Benidorm’s buzzing night-time haunts were more than happy to have their acts filmed for consideration by the producers. Expat entertainers who impress Cowell and his producers will be asked to attend an audition in the UK in order to win a place in the show itself.

The Benidorm trawl picked out Ruby Rox’s drag act as well as Mark Ellis from Leeds, who believes there’s a huge choice of British talent working in the resort and is thrilled the Britain’s Got Talent team took the trouble to come and see for themselves. He’d wanted to audition for some while, but performing six nights every week didn’t allow for a trip back home.

Also chosen was 52 year-old singer Paul Devlin, along with saxophonist Lorna Gibbs, who admitted she’d been shaking with nerves as it was nothing like performing at a gig. She told reporters everyone had given their all, adding she hopes a good few of those who were filmed would get through to the next stage of the contest. The talent search on the day was restricted to Benidorm acts, and the venue was packed with friends and supporters of the performers. According to Gibbs, it’s probably the first time the artistes have seen each other in daylight!
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