A singer from Norfolk has stolen the first show of the new series of Britain's Got Talent due to start on ITV 1 on Saturday evening.
Student Sam Kelly arrived on stage with his guitar and brought the house down. The 19-year-old from Norfolk told the panel he was "pretty much useless at everything but music" before silencing the crowd with his performance.
Simon Cowell told him: "When you've got absolute silence in a room like this you've nailed it."
The Britain's Got Talent judges gave the thumbs down to one would-be star when he turned up on stage dressed as a Roman soldier. The 57-year-old retired HGV driver, who told the panel he was called Maximus, was the first act on stage at the Manchester audition and recited a scene from the hit Russell Crowe film Gladiator.
Other acts included a man playing a harmonica with his nose, a roller-skating couple and a coachload of 133 teenage boys from the South Wales valleys. The choir, called Only Boys Aloud, brought Amanda Holden to tears with Cowell telling them he had "a very, very good feeling" about them.
The BBC and ITV are set for a ratings war for Saturday night supremacy when their respective talent shows go head-to-head in the battle for viewers. The Voice makes its debut at 7pm tonight with the return of Britain's Got Talent an hour later at 8pm - meaning the shows will overlap for 20 minutes.