Britain’s Got Talent final 2014: Five acts that actually had talent

Which acts really stood out in this year's contest?

It’s a show that divides many and leaves some questioning the so-called “talent” of Britain.

In 2012 Ashleigh and Pudsey were crowned the winners of Britain’s Got Talent, an act featuring one woman… and her dog, with the latter stealing the show.

And this year there has been plenty of complaints about the quality of contestants on the show, leading some to contemplate again whether the nation has eked out all its talent through reality television shows.

Then again, it has introduced the world to Susan Boyle, Diversity and George Sampson, who have gone on to have varying degrees of success. Last year’s winning act Attraction, an shadow theatre group, did indeed stun the audience with their impressive talent.        

This year the operatic boy band, Collabro, faced off 10 other acts to win the competition - we're not sure whether they deserved the top prize - but did any of this year’s 11 finalists actually have any discernible talent? We take a look at the top five acts who did genuinely impress.

 

1. Lucy Kay

The real winner of this year’s competition, we think. She may have come in second place but the classical singer has carried off incredible performances week after week. Britain’s Got Talent’s producers have perfected the art of pulling on our heartstrings but, in this instance, it was unnecessary.

2. Bars and Melody 

The cheeky pair were the bookies’ favourite and the pint-sized rappers certainly got the crowds clapping along to their songs. The confidence and charisma exuded by the duo at such a young age can only be lauded. The pair even caught the eye of American talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, who interviewed them on her show, after watching their audition on YouTube. Their audition video has racked up over 30 million views since it was uploaded a month ago. Stateside success beckons.

3. Lettice Rowbotham

Yes, her name is pronounced like a salad leaf but the electric violinist's exuberant performances belied the time and dedication to reach such a level. Her heartfelt performance of the Evanescence hit Bring Me To Life was triumphant, and the operatic voice she unleashed in the final was impressive.

4. Paddy and Nico

Britain’s Got Talent is not just for bright young things and these two Latin dancers proved just that. They wowed the crowd as they danced their way through the rounds of the show. Their routines left viewers and judges alike gasping as Paddy was thrown through the air. They were wonderfully sweet as well – what’s not to love?

5. Darcy Oake

Magicians are not passé. He nearly “died” during the final during a stunt but this magician did put on quite a performance as he dazzled the audience. Darcy shows that Dynamo is not the last word on magic.    

Arts and Entertainment
Ellie Levenson’s The Election book demystifies politics for children
bookNew children's book primes the next generation for politics
Arts and Entertainment
Pharrell Williams' “Happy” was the most searched-for song lyric of 2014
musicThe power of song never greater, according to our internet searches
Arts and Entertainment
Roffey says: 'All of us carry shame and taboo around about our sexuality. But I was determined not to let shame stop me writing my memoir.'
books
Arts and Entertainment
Call The Midwife: Miranda Hart as Chummy

tv Review: Miranda Hart and co deliver the festive goods

Arts and Entertainment
The cast of Downton Abbey in the 2014 Christmas special

tvReview: Older generation get hot under the collar this Christmas

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment

ebooksNow available in paperback
Arts and Entertainment

ebooks
Arts and Entertainment
Transformers: Age of Extinction was the most searched for movie in the UK in 2014

film
Arts and Entertainment
Mark Ronson has had two UK number two singles but never a number one...yet

music
Arts and Entertainment
Clara Amfo will take over from Jameela Jamil on 25 January

radio
Arts and Entertainment
This is New England: Ken Cheeseman, Ann Dowd, Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins in Olive Kitteridge

The most magnificently miserable show on television in a long timeTV
Arts and Entertainment
Andrea Faustini looks triumphant after hearing he has not made it through to Sunday's live final

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Rhys says: 'I'm not playing it for laughs, but I have learnt that if you fall over on stage, people can enjoy that as much as an amazing guitar solo'
musicGruff Rhys on his rock odyssey, and the trouble with independence
Arts and Entertainment
Krysia and Daniel (Hand out press photograph provided by Sally Richardson)
How do today's composers answer the challenge of the classical giant?
News
Shenaz Treasurywala
film
News
tv
Arts and Entertainment
Jason Watkins as Christopher Jefferies
tv
Arts and Entertainment
Star Wars Director JJ Abrams: key character's names have been revealed
film
Arts and Entertainment
Pharrell Williams won two BBC Music Awards for Best Song and International Artist
music
Arts and Entertainment
Mark, Katie and Sanjay in The Apprentice boardroom
TV
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

ES Rentals

    Independent Dating
    and  

    By clicking 'Search' you
    are agreeing to our
    Terms of Use.

    War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

    The West needs more than a White Knight

    Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
    Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

    'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

    Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
    Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

    Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

    Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
    The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

    The stories that defined 2014

    From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
    Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

    Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

    Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?
    Finally, a diet that works: Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced

    Finally, a diet that works

    Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced
    Say it with... lyrics: The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches

    Say it with... lyrics

    The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches
    Professor Danielle George: On a mission to bring back the art of 'thinkering'

    The joys of 'thinkering'

    Professor Danielle George on why we have to nurture tomorrow's scientists today
    Monique Roffey: The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections

    Monique Roffey interview

    The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections
    Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

    Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

    Their outrageousness and originality makes the world a bit more interesting, says Ellen E Jones
    DJ Taylor: Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

    Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

    It has been hard to form generally accepted cultural standards since the middle of the 19th century – and the disintegration is only going to accelerate, says DJ Taylor
    Olivia Jacobs & Ben Caplan: 'Ben thought the play was called 'Christian Love'. It was 'Christie in Love' - about a necrophiliac serial killer'

    How we met

    Olivia Jacobs and Ben Caplan
    Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's breakfasts will revitalise you in time for the New Year

    Bill Granger's healthy breakfasts

    Our chef's healthy recipes are perfect if you've overindulged during the festive season
    Transfer guide: From Arsenal to West Ham - what does your club need in the January transfer window?

    Who does your club need in the transfer window?

    Most Premier League sides are after a striker, but here's a full run down of the ins and outs that could happen over the next month
    The Last Word: From aliens at FA to yak’s milk in the Tour, here’s to 2015

    Michael Calvin's Last Word

    From aliens at FA to yak’s milk in the Tour, here’s to 2015