Japanese magician Keiichi Iwasaki secured a golden buzzer from Ant and Dec on Britain’s Got Talent with a routine of tricks and illusions that left audiences speechless.
The 49-year-old threw his hands in the air and screamed in disbelief after the presenter duo ran onto the stage to press the button that will ensure he moves straight into the live semifinals and glittering confetti fell from the ceiling.
Iwasaki arrived on stage on his bike and quickly won over the judging panel of Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams with his quirky personality.
He then brought Ant and Dec, whom he dubbed “Dec and Ant” to the delight of the audience, onto the stage at the London Palladium for a series of card tricks.
Dixon then joined him as his routine culminated in him levitating and spinning a ring in the air.
“You’re the kindest person we’ve ever seen and the most magical person we’ve ever seen rolled into one,” Walliams said.
Holden told him, “I love it. You’re funny, you’re quirky, you were very, very charming and your magic was absolutely excellent.”
Cowell added, “My son will love you.”
Saturday night’s episode began with The Dots, a harmony trio performing a cabaret routine with a twist, convincing the judges one of them had been drafted at short notice after a member quit over “creative differences”.
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Her supposed new recruit then botched the performance, got a bloody nose and lost her wig and dress, leading to thunderous laughter and a standing ovation from the jury.
They received a unanimous yes from the judges before the singer appeared to collapse onstage, prompting Ant and Dec to hilariously help her pull her backstage.
Immi Davis, a seemingly shy ninety-nine year old from Welwyn Garden City, gave a surprisingly powerful rendition of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ I Put A Spell On You.
After getting four yeses, Dixon told her, “It’s like being transformed. You’re this sweet nine year old and then you’re like ‘Pow!’ and we were under your spell.”
Cowell wasn’t impressed by entertainer Tommy J, 18, who juggled knives and flaming torches on a unicycle, telling him: “You’re obviously very talented and you’re a nice boy. I just didn’t think anything was very good.”
Nevertheless, he made it to the next round.
Elsewhere, eight-year-old schoolgirl Jessica Brodin delivered a variety of animalistic impressions while reading from her book of poetry, while American strongman JD Anderson, 33, smashed ice and broke baseball bats.
Last on stage was The Frontline Singers, a chorus of Frontline workers including paramedics and police officers, who performed an original song about the coronavirus pandemic.
Her song elicited a tearful response from the audience.
The ITV talent show returned to screens for the first time this year after being canceled in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Britain’s Got Talent continues on ITV.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/japanese-magician-claims-golden-buzzer-from-ant-and-dec-on-britains-got-talent-41626115.html The Japanese magician takes the golden buzzer from Ant and Dec in Britain’s Got Talent