Britain’s Got Talent magician Cillian O’Connor sails through to the final after winning public vote
Irish schoolboy Cillian O’Connor sailed through to the final of Friday night’s Britain’s Got Talent after stunning viewers and winning the final public vote of the semi-final.
The young magician, 13, took the stage for the final live semi-final using Simon Cowell, 63, as part of his memorable act.
During his performance, Cillian made a unique handkerchief, which was marked by Simon, jump from the scorer’s table to the inside of an apple before making himself disappear from the stage.
After the performance, the judges and viewers at home were absolutely stunned by the act, with judge Bruno Tonioli, 67, claiming it was simply “mesmerizing.”
Amanda Holden, 52, also said she was ‘lost for words’, while Simon added: ‘There’s just something about you’.
To win! Irish schoolboy Cillian O’Connor sailed through to the final of Britain’s Got Talent on Friday night after stunning viewers and winning the semi-final via public vote
Simon then told the schoolboy that he still believes in magic and pointed to the audience who were all on their feet before saying ‘So do they’.
Viewers at home were also equally impressed by Cillian’s act and took to social media to share their thoughts.
One viewer commented, “I’m in awe and sob, why am I sobbing at a magic act!” Cillian you are amazing, that’s the best magic act I’ve seen! Just unbelievable.’
While another said, ‘Cillian was really great. That’s how magic is done. What a boy.’
However, after the show there were only two spots left for the taking and viewers believed that Cillian had a very high chance of coming through.
After all of the night’s performances wrapped up, Ant and Dec took to the stage to announce who would sail through to Sunday’s grand final.
And of course, Cillian exceeded all expectations when Ant and Dec revealed he was the winner of the semi-final, leaving Cillian in a state of shock and overwhelmed by the result.
Cillian told hosts Ant and Dec afterwards: “I feel great and I thank my family there and the whole audience.”
Memorable performance: The win comes after the schoolboy magician took the stage for the final live semi-final and used Simon Cowell, 63, as part of his memorable act
Stellar! Viewers at home were also equally impressed by Cillian’s act and took to social media to share their thoughts
Thursday’s semi-final was a tense showdown, with judge Alesha Dixon, 44, saying ahead of the vote: ‘I’m really afraid someone great is going home. It’s going to be a tough one tonight.’
Amanda also added, “There were so many acts that deserved to keep going.”
However, Cillian sailed through in the public vote and was ecstatic about the announcement.
It comes before Funny man Tonikaku and Liverpool dancer Lilliana Clifton were the next two highest-grossing acts, but the judges could only pick one for a place in the final.
And in the end, they voted for Lilliana Clifton to go to Sunday’s grand final with Cillian.
Success: Dancer Lilianna Clifton will also join him in the final on Sunday, after being chosen by the judges
The acts sent home during the final semi-final of this year’s series were dance troupe The Pixiebelles, dance duo Romeo and Icy, comedienne nurse Georgie Carroll, singer Cammy Barnes and dance troupe Unity
And those who will compete in the final on Sunday are choirboy Malakai Bayoh, dangerous aerial acrobatics artists, Duo Odyssey, amputee dancer Musa Motha and singer Amy Lou.
They are joined by clown and comedian Viggo Venn, singer Olivia Lynes, dance troupe Ghetto Kids and singer Travis George.
However, things will change for Sunday as it was revealed that the judges would decide on a wildcard pick to return to the show for the finale, with the act revealed during the upcoming schedule.
This year’s winner of Britain’s Got Talent will be announced at the end of Sunday’s show, with the champion winning £250,000 and the chance to perform at the Royal Variety Performance later this year.
The Britain’s Got Talent final airs on Sunday at 7.30pm on ITV1 and ITVX.