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Ten-year-old singer wows BGT judges

1 of 1 Piers Morgan, Amanda Holden and Simon Cowell
Piers Morgan, Amanda Holden and Simon Cowell

The judging panel on 'Britain's Got Talent' were wowed by a ten-year-old who sang a Vera Lynn classic.

Chloe Hickinbottom performed 'White Cliffs Of Dover' securing herself a place in the second round of the series. She was among the star performers as producers gave a sneak preview yesterday of the fourth series, which also features naked balloon dancers, a wannabe who burps songs and an ex-footballer turned dancer.

Wearing a black-and-white checked dress with sequinned leggings, the youngster impressed Amanda Holden, Piers Morgan and stand-in judge Louis Walsh at the Birmingham auditions. Chief judge Simon Cowell was off sick with flu.

Holden said "You have an old-fashioned big voice" while Morgan added: "You have an extraordinary voice, I have never heard anything like that. You're a star."

The fourth series of the show begins tomorrow at 8pm.

Cowell has revealed he wants an animal rather than a human act to triumph this time. "I want to find the next Lassie. I would like a talented dog act to win," he said.

Holden would like to see a variety act claim the crown, which was lifted last year by dance troupe Diversity. "There are some great contenders. They are from old school stock but have been modernised for today's audiences," she said.

Teenage drummer Kieron Gaffney, 13, who narrowly missed out on the semi-finals in 2009, was given a second chance by the judging trio at the London auditions.

"Last year you were good, but this year you are fantastic," exclaimed Cowell.

Morgan added: "You've come back and proved that we made a mistake in not putting you through."

Other acts who made it through include ex-footballer-turned-dancer Tobias Mead, from Wiltshire, entertainer Kevin Cruise and hoop-juggler Pippa the Ripper.

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