Crowds gathering outside The Lowry as BGT takes over.

People from around the country queued in the rain from 7am today outside Salford’s Lowry Theatre to watch Britain’s Got Talent auditions.

BGT is now back up north looking for Britain’s next biggest acts, after holding auditions in London in January.

One of those queueing, Charlotte Booth, said: “My daughter is performing today as part of a group. They are cheerleaders from Coventry Dynamite, while the 13-18 age group is called Lady Grenades.

“They are a group of 24 young ladies, they are all under 18 and the youngest in the group is 13. They are going to Florida in April to complete in the Cheering Worlds.”

Charlotte’s daughter is one of the youngest in the group at 13 and has been cheerleading since she was seven.

“This is the second time as a club we have been on Britain’s Got Talent,” she added.

“They are an amazing group of girls with lots of strong personalities so we are hoping the judges like them.

“It would be great if they got through so we really want to promote cheerleading as a sport.”

Charlotte aside from her daughter is really excited to see Ant and Dec “I am in my 40s and they are my idols!”

BGT superfan Hannah Marsh from Leeds attended last year and says her favourite judge is Amanda Holden.

“Our favourite act last year was a woman who came for her daughter and then it turned out she did the audition instead,” she said. “It was really heartbreaking.”

Hannah loves coming to Salford for the auditions. She said: “I just love the Lowry. I love all sorts of theatre stuff and the Lowry is a beautiful place and in a beautiful area.”

Auditions were taking place at the Lowry Theatre today, with the first round kicking off at 1 pm.

The judges for the 17th series are Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, and Alesha Dixon.

Bruno Tonioli will also be back on the 17th series after a successful debut year as a judge for the 16th series of BGT.

The show has set up base at the Lowry until Sunday with a total of 10 separate sessions available for fans to get in and watch Britain’s top talent for free.

BGT trucks ready to go at the Lowry

Fans could get tickets from the company applause store for all 10 slots available.

Salford has had a key part in the talent show with last year a couple from Salford going to the semi-final.


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