Dancing dog act Trip Hazard & Lucy look the value call in an open semi-final tonight.
That is, apart from The Deep Space Deviants. They are pure novelty fodder included for a cheap laugh and to make others look better by contrast. Last place is calling them tonight.
It’s important to remember that we already have four singing acts in the final, which isn’t particularly promising for those from the same category tonight. Ant and Dec’s ‘golden buzzer’ act, Jasmine Elock, who is one of the favourites in the outright, performs in this heat. She is a good yet unremarkable singer who will perhaps seem relatively weak compared to Beau Dermott, who stole the show last night. I therefore can’t recommend Jasmine at an odds-on price to win the semi.
Ana and Fia are a sweet and talented singing family duo, but you get the impression that they won’t be wanted in the final as they offer little commercial post-show potential. The Presentation School Choir are of more interest, despite there already being a choir in the final. They are also Irish so will be looking to pick up some votes from Northern Ireland, but a "battle of the choirs" narrative was done on the show just last year.
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None of the dance acts can be totally ruled out from qualifying tonight. Chloe Fenton is a confident child dancer from Liverpool, and the producers may be looking to suppress her regional vote with an early running order position. Togni Brothers have a very impressive gymnastics double act, which is great to watch, but they could be a bit of a one trick pony. The show seems to like child dance acts, and Elite Squad Royalz have at least made an effort to stand out with their regal costumes.
Last year showed that you should never underestimate a dancing dog act on BGT. Trip Hazard & Lucy are a talented act who could well capture the imagination of the public. The controversy surrounding Jules O’Dwyer, Matisse & Friends last year could put a few people off voting, but Trip Hazard’s price looks on the big side to win this semi at 3/1. This is because dancing dog acts have a very impressive track record in winning their heats.
Perhaps surprisingly, there are no comedians or impressionists in the final yet. Craig Ball impressed at the auditions with his impressionist act, and his clever usage of a screen in the background was a very effective way of informing the audience who he was trying to mimic. I can see the producers getting behind him tonight in an attempt to get more variety acts into the final. Craig is a young and likeable guy and as long as his act impresses, he should be in with a solid chance of making the Top 3 in this heat.