BGT: Cowell’s Golden Buzzer selection now short favourite to win

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Britain’s Got Talent has an early frontrunner for stardom this year after Simon Cowell pressed his Golden Buzzer in the opening show of the series.

Cowell used his only fast pass to ensure that 26-year-old Hull council worker Calum Scott was put straight through to the live semi-finals.

The singer tried and failed to make it past X Factor producers back in 2012 but after witnessing the audience’s reaction to his rendition of Robyn’s Dancing On my Own Cowell felt compelled to press his Golden Buzzer.

It seems the bookies are backing Simon’s judgement too, with Scott priced up as the early 4/1 favourite.

Everyone loves a novelty animal act on BGT and competition for the crown this year could come in the shape Marc Metral.

The ventriloquist and his “talking” dog wowed the judges but only after a shaky start.

Metral’s dog seemed reluctant to play ball at first and the audience thought another classic oddball had graced the stage but when Wendy began to answer his questions and sing in perfect time to the music Cowell’s jaw dropped and so did the odds, with a price of 16/1 now on offer.

Also among the favourites from the weekend were spinning skate duo Billy and Emily. The acrobatic pair had hosts Ant and Dec and judges Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden squirming in their seats as their exhilarating act bordered on the dangerous.

The crowd lapped it up, however, and the pair can now be backed at 25/1 to win the show outright.

So after one week Calum Scott is the red hot favourite but was he your top pick from the weekend? Get in touch using the comments below and let us know who you want to win.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.