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Stephen Mulhern's 'Britain's Got Talent' blog - week four

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Because I get to watch BGT and More Talent before Saturday night, people often assume that I don't stay in and watch it. But actually I always stay in and watch the show at the weekend. I think there's something different about watching it at home rather than in an edit suite.

In a weird way, I also make quite a big deal out of it. I get a nice meal in and I just enjoy it. It's a lot easier to enjoy it when you're sat at home than when you're stuck in a booth at a studio. It feels more real watching it at home. The one thing I don't do is watch the repeat on a Sunday. I think that would be a bit too much! One night is fine!

Zipparah Tafari

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The big act that everyone's still talking about from last week's BGT is obviously Mr Zip. Mr Zip was genius. That's why we had him on ITV2 as well as ITV1. We just had to have him. He was just too good.

I seriously believe that it will be number one. I've spoken to DJ friends and they say they think it's going to be a hit and I think it will be big in Ibiza. It's really caught the nation. I mean if I hear one person come up to me and say, 'Have you ever been in the situation...' Everyone knows the lyrics, it's funny and it's clever. Mr Zip delivered and he's going to have a big hit.

My other favourite act from last week was Pudsey the dog. Pudsey is one of my favourite acts of the whole series. I mean, we've had lots of animals on BGT down the years. We've had ferrets on leads, pigs being sent out to grunt. But I'm not a massive fan of those acts.

But with Ashleigh and Pudsey, without sounding soppy, it is a beautiful story. There is this love between Ashleigh and Pudsey, which is beautiful and not weird. Pudsey and Ashleigh bring something fresh, nice and they're not in your face. Also, Pudsey looks like and is an average pet. He's not a natural performing dog or an overly-trained dog, he's an average family pet. I just can't wait to see what's to come from him.


Britain's Got Talent - Ashleigh and Pudsey

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The public appear to be loving David Walliams on the show this year and you haven't seen the half of it yet. David, throughout the audition process, he spends more time on stage than Ant & Dec or myself. Any time that he can get on stage, he'll do it. He loves it.

There is a prime example of that this week with an act called The Showbears. They are five guys, and they've got these silver sequinned outfits and sailor hats on. And David says straight away, 'I need to have a go, I need to have a go, I need to have a go'. And he ends up doing the whole routine.

The funny thing about David is that when he first signed up, I thought it was an odd choice. But that all changed on the first day he walked into the auditions. I'd got him so, so wrong.

He is the warmest, the most charming man and he really cares about the acts. Importantly, he's one of the only judges I've seen on any talent show on any channel, where you can see that he enjoys what he's doing all the time. It's lovely to watch.


Simon Cowell, David Walliams

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One of my favourite acts on this week's show is a chap who is a lollipop man. He sings '500 Miles' and we go through this whole routine together. Every time he sings, I shout 'Stop!' and thrust my own lollipop stick at the camera. And the funny thing is that I keep doing that for about four minutes and this chap is huge. He's like the Jolly Green Giant. You need to see it to believe it.

There's an act this Saturday called The Charms. A girl group. They are very Girls Aloud-esque and they are basically a clone of the group. I say this and ask them how they would compare themselves to one of the biggest and most successful girl bands of the present day, Girls Aloud. And they reply, 'We can all sing' and 'The ginger in this band is prettier'. Miaow!

With all that confidence you'd expect them to storm the stage, but it goes pretty wrong for them. And they are an example of where confidence is targeted in the wrong direction.

Britain's Got Talent airs at 8pm on Saturday night on ITV1. Stephen Mulhern's More Talent follows afterwards on ITV2.

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