How does the Golden Buzzer work on Britain’s Got Talent and have any Golden Buzzer acts won?

BRITAIN'S Got Talent returned this month for its 13th series, bringing with it a new batch of hopefuls that believe they've got what it takes to wow the judges.

Each of them will be hoping they impress enough to become a coveted Golden Buzzer act – but how does it work and how successful have previous stars been?

How does Britain's Got Talent Golden Buzzer work?

The magical Golden Buzzer was first introduced in 2014 and it has the power to send acts straight through to the semi-finals.

Unlike the iconic red buzzers which allows each individual judge to vote against an act to go through into the next round, the coveted button requires contestants to go above and beyond.

The judges can only send through one act each from the auditions.

Ant and Dec also have a Golden Buzzer act but unlike the judges' individual selections, the presenters' choice represents both of them.

Who's had the Golden Buzzer in Britain's Got Talent?

2019

  • The first Golden Buzzer of series was from Alesha Dixon for 10-year-old singing sensation Giorga Borg.

2018

  • Ant and Dec hit the first Golden Buzzer of the series after being moved to tears by magician Marc Spelmann's inspiring act.
  • Alesha Dixon pressed the Golden Buzzer for singer Lifford Shillingford, who found fame as a singer with Artful Dodger and scored a top ten hit.
  • Gruffydd Wyn Roberts got Amanda Holden's Golden Buzzer with his performance of Nessun Dorma.
  • Simon Cowell used his for father and son act Tim and Jack Goodacre while David Walliams plumped for Donchez Dacres.

2017

  • Sarah Ikumu – Simon's choice was a 15 year old singer who sang Dreamgirls hit And I Am Telling You I Am Not Going
  • Just Us  – Alesha chose the five-piece dance troupe which included Julia Carlile, a scoliosis sufferer
  • Daliso Chaponda – Amanda opted for the comedian from Malawi
  • Matt Edwards – Ant and Dec's buzzer was set off for the 34-year-old magician and funnyman
  • Kyle Tomlinson – David put through the singer, 15, after he told him to "get singing lessons" a few years before

2016

  • Boogie Storm – Simon chose the dance troupe as his buzzer act
  • 100 Voices of Gospel – Alesha beat Simon to the buzzer to claim the choir consisting of 20 different nationalities
  • Beau Dermott – Amanda buzzed for the 12-year-old singer from Widnes
  • Jasmine Elcock – Ant and Dec chose the 14-year-old after reducing them to tears with her singing
  • Ian and Anne Marshall – David made the bold choice of this married couple in their sixties who sang Beyonce's Crazy In Love

2015

  • Calum Scott – Simon selected the singer who auditioned straight after his sister received four Nos from the judges
  • Entity Allstars – Alesha went for a dance troupe
  • Revelation Avenue – Amanda chose this 12-piece choir who sang Katy Perry's Roar
  • Boyband – Ant and Dec chose this handily named band formed of five lads
  • Lorraine Bowen – David made the wacky selection of organ player Lorraine who sang The Crumble Song

2014

  • Bars and Melody – School boys Charlie and Leondre caused Simon to bash the Golden Buzzer
  • REAformed – this London trio was Alesha's choice in 2014, consisting ofRenetta, Ebony and Alexis
  • Paddy and Nico – Amanda's choice consisted of the salsa dancers consisting of granny Paddy and her much younger dance partner
  • Toju Okorodudu – Ant and Dec hit the buzzer for comedian and impressionist Toju
  • Christian Grigore Spiridon – David opted for Sex Bomb singer Christian

Have any Britain's Got Talent Golden Buzzer acts won?

Although there have been 25 Golden Buzzer acts prior to the start of the 2019 series, it's interesting to note that none of the acts has gone on to win the show since its introduction.

Third place is the highest a Golden Buzzer act has got – but there's been quite a few of them.

Astonishingly in 2018 David's act Donchez Dacres got through to the final with his catchy Wiggle Wine song – and he placed third overall.

David is known for sending through wacky acts to wind up his fellow judges, including Christian Spiridon despite the singer earning four red buzzers in his first audition.

In 2018 Simon's choice, Tim and Jack Goodacre, and Amanda's selection of Gruffydd Wyn Roberts made the final.

But they all lost out to winner Lost Voice Guy and runner-up Robert White.

In 2017 buzzer acts Dalisa Chapona and Kyle Tomlinson made it to the final but pianist Tokio Myers won the day, with Dalisa third.

100 Voices of Gospel, Boogie Storm, Jasmine Elcock and Beau Dermott made it to the final in 2016 but were beaten by magician Richard Jones.

Boogie Storm came in third spot.

Calum Scott's rendition of Robyn's Dancing On My Own was good enough to earn him a number two single on the UK singles chart, but he failed to win the show in 2015 after Simon Cowell sent him straight into the semi-finals.

Calum, Boyband and Entity Allstars were the buzzer acts to make the final that year – and they lost out to a dog!

Paddy and Nico became the show's first ever Golden Buzzer act in 2014 when their salsa dancing wowed Amanda Holden.

They made it through to the final but came ninth.

There was more success though for Bars and Melody who placed third behind Collabro and Lucy Kay.

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