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Collabro and Darcy Oake in Britain's Got Talent final

Vocal group Collabro and illusionist Darcy Oake have made it through to the final of Britain's Got Talent following the first of the live semi-finals this evening on ITV.

Collabro performing on tonight's live semi-final of Britain's Got Talent. Credit: ITV

The five-piece group came top of the public vote, while Darcy faced a run-off with impressionist Jon Clegg.

Canadian magician Darcy Oake performed a disappearing trick in front of the live audience. Credit: ITV

Darcy and Jon received two judges' votes each so it went down to the public vote, with the Canadian magician coming out on top.

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Double dose of Simon Cowell on Britain's Got Talent

There will be a double dose of Simon Cowell on tonight's Britain's Got Talent when the showbiz music judge comes face to face with his namesake.

Presenter Simon Cowell next to contestant Simon Cowell on the ITV television programme Britain's Got Talent. Credit: Thames TV/Syco/ITV/PA Wire

The other Simon, a 37-year-old singer from Northumberland, will try to impress the judges with his version of When You Tell Me That You Love Me by Diana Ross and tells Cowell: "It's an honour to have this name.

"I just feel like I'm meant to be on the stage in some way, it's just my biggest dream to win this show."

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Classical violinist wows Britain's Got Talent judges

Britain's Got Talent goes posh tonight when a classical violinist takes a bow on the hit show. Lettice Rowbotham impresses the judges - and the audience - with her electric violin and judge David Walliams tells her: "I think you might be the poshest contestant we've had on the show."

Lettice Rowbotham to appear on Britain's Got Talent. Credit: TV/Syco/ITV/PA

The 24-year-old from Surrey's audition is just the tip of the iceberg with other impressive turns including a magic act, a singer and a circus performer.

Less impressive are a duo - Operadoo - who attempt to combine opera with didgeridoo playing.

Catch the show tonight on ITV1 at 7.00pm.

Britain's Got Talent scores highest rating launch episode

Britain's Got Talent scored its highest rating launch episode ever with 11.1 million viewers, ITV said.

Boyband Collabro impressed the judges on last night's Britain's Got Talent Credit: Britain's Got Talent

The previous highest audience for a BGT launch show was in 2010, when the opening episode attracted 10.6 million viewers.

The audience to last night's series opener peaked at 12.3 million viewers and boasted a 47% share.

Peter Fincham, ITV's director of television, said: "The fantastic overnight figures show that Britain's Got Talent is event television, and we're delighted that so many viewers tuned to last night's launch episode, on what was a strong night for ITV."

Britain's Got Talent: Judges reveal their favourite acts

Britain's Got Talent judges shared some of their favourite moments from tonight's competition.

Britain's got Talent has returned to ITV for its eighth series tonight with acts ranging from a roller-skating Wonder Woman to a man sped-eating a raw onion.

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