12/04/2014 20:30 | By Lorna Cooper, editor, MSN TV
Britain's Got Talent 2014: golden buzzer for Paddy and Nico

Britain's Got Talent 2014: Paddy and Nico are a hit

Britain's Got Talent 2014: Paddy and Nico are a hit (© ITV)
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Britain's Got Talent returned with TV favourites Ant and Dec hosting the show in which anything goes in the search for a winning act. And all the talk will be about ballroom dancers Paddy and Nico.

Once again Simon Cowell, David Walliams, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden were judge and jury as dance troupes, singers and animal acts performed before them. But this show, which has an unerring ability to unearth the unexpected, has never seen anything quite like Paddy.

The retired dental nurse is 79 and has relocated to Spain; she danced with her Spanish instructor Nico who is 40 years her junior. In a slight tweak to the format, we have the Golden Buzzer. Each judge - and even Ant and Dec - can press the Golden Buzzer once during the auditions, giving the act on stage an automatic place in the live semi-finals without the need for the other judges’ say so.

How fitting that the very first recipient of the Golden Buzzer is the last person any of us would have expected. As they started ballroom dancing, Simon buzzed them off. But then the tempo of the music increased and Nico was flipping Paddy all over the place; their action-packed routine featured lots of turns and tricks.

Amanda didn’t hesitate – she hit the Golden Buzzer to cheers from the audience. Congratulating the duo for an amazing audition, Simon apologised for hitting the buzzer too soon. We’ll be seeing more of the astounding Paddy and Nico who left the stage to a huge ovation.

Click on the photos to see how the rest of Britain’s Got Talent unfolded  

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