A comedian wowed judge Simon Cowell with his sharp wit on Britain’s Got Talent and secured his coveted golden buzzer.
Reality TV supremo Cowell told Axel Blake, a 33-year-old caretaker from west London, that after the difficult years everyone has been going through due to the pandemic, the country “must act like he does”.
When asked by Cowell if he ever lost confidence in his role, Blake admitted he had, but was inspired by his family and wanted to teach his 12-year-old son, who was in the audience to believe yourself.
During his stand-up routine, Blake brought humor to everything from naming his newborn Pfizer nicknamed Pfiesha since she was a pandemic baby to the hilarious arguments he gets into with his fiancé.
He also joked about bizarre events on the London Underground, saying: “A couple of weeks ago I saw a woman and she was doing all her makeup, a few stops later she looked like a whole new person.
“I was so impressed I clapped it and she looked down at me like ‘ew.’ I thought, ‘You might be a nine out of 10 now, but at King’s Cross you were a minus two’.”
Comedian and judge David Walliams described the skit as “superbly funny and original”.
He added: “A comedy superstar is born tonight. You made everything seem so effortless and you have a wonderful personality, so personable.”
Cowell said Blake was “super confident” and the first person to ever make a joke about Covid-19 that was actually funny.
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He added, “I know it’s a bit of a cliché, but after what everyone’s been through the past few years, boy, we needed this show back on the air, we needed acts like you.”
Prior to his audition, Blake had joked with Cowell that if he pressed the golden buzzer he’d get him a good deal on a new kitchen, so Cowell continued to wear the gag when the moment came.
He said, “I gotta tell you one thing though, I like a granite slab, I like a waste disposal unit, I want a 25% discount and you’ll get that,” as he buzzed.
Blake looked delighted as Cowell stepped onto the stage to hug and congratulate him.
In Sunday’s episode, 13-year-old Dante Marvin also brought humor to the stage when he performed a comedy song about his Brittle Bone Disease, which has caused him to break 97 bones.
Walliams also provided the series’ first “golden moment,” a new segment in which each judge surprises an unsuspecting act who was nominated unbeknownst to her and invites her to audition at the London Palladium.
Aneeshwar Kunchala, seven, was the first contestant to be surprised when Walliams, dressed as a panda, showed up at his school in Warrington, Cheshire, to invite him to the show.
The boy impressed the judges by reciting his own poem about his passion for protecting wildlife and saving the planet while his friends joined him on stage in animal and nature costumes.
Dogs and their human companions also played a role when Doctor Louise Geller attempted to sing an opera with her dog Jasper, but he refused to interfere, resulting in them being axed.
Meanwhile, 25-year-old Amber and her two-year-old canine friend Nymeria from the Netherlands performed a nimble trick routine that wowed audiences and judges alike.
Cowell, a self-confessed fan of dog acts, described her audition as being in “a different league” and being the best since Ashleigh and Pudsey won the 2012 talent show.
In Saturday’s opening episode, 32-year-old Loren Allred, the original singer of the track Never Enough from the 2018 musical film The Greatest Showman, was also awarded Amanda Holden’s Golden Summer after performing the song.
The ITV talent show returned to screens for the first time on Saturday after being canceled in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Britain’s Got Talent continues on ITV.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/comedian-secures-simon-cowells-golden-buzzer-on-bgt-with-sharp-wit-41562085.html Comedian grabs Simon Cowell’s golden buzzer at BGT with sharp wit