I’m not sure how mathematically legitimate it is for a programme to have more than two semi-finals, but here we are already at the third one of Britain’s Got Talent. It’s worth pointing out that the odds for these heats can and will change throughout the day - and especially during the live show. Having said that, this semi-final looks like it could be one of the more straightforward ones.

Four acts have already qualified for the final, and three of them are singing acts. The producers and the public should therefore be acquiring an appetite for variety for the final by now. This doesn’t bode well for the singers on tonight’s show; Morgan Connie Smith, Josh Curnow and Zyrah Rose. They are all three very talented acts that could be splitting the vote somewhat with each other. Other than Morgan, who is only fifteen years old (but looks older), these acts could easily have auditioned for The X Factor instead. This is something which often gets criticised by the viewers. The one with the most appeal to the voting audience here is almost certainly Josh. He’s therefore a possibility for the Top 3 tonight.

Three novelty acts are competing tonight. Vadik and the Bear are amusing but would offer no credibility for the final. Simon’s ‘golden buzzer’ act Boogie Storm are relatively talentless, but this is the sort of act which could attract votes from the public *if* - and it’s a big if - the producers are on board with them tonight. Mr. Cowell may also be looking push them to do well in order to protect his reputation. By comparison, Flying Bebop don’t have as much to offer, despite bringing something original.

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Dancer Jack Higgins received an emotional audition edit way back in week 2. The Liverpool lad appeared to be a huge hit with both the judges and the audience. He has the type of vulnerable personality that you feel people will really want to get behind. Plenty acts of this ilk have made the final in the past, and Jack could benefit from a large North-West regional vote. In my opinion, it’s worth a small investment in Jack to become the first dance act of the year to qualify.

Do you believe in magic? Richard Jones stunned the audience with his impressive routine in his audition. This talented magician is the big odds-on favourite to win this betting heat. He has an awful lot in his favour: good looks, a soldier backstory *HERO KLAXON!* and a highly favourable edit in the auditions. Ant and Dec were shown drinking a cup of tea, as featured in his act, and they said "I love this sort of thing!". Amanda Holden has repeatedly said in the press, and on the show, that she wants to see a magician win this year. Richard Jones is favourite in the outright for all of the above reasons, and is definitely one you will need on side to win the whole show.
Jack Higgins to qualify - 1pt @ 5/1
Richard Jones outright - 1pt @ 5/2