Britain's Got Talent is a search for Britain's next best talent act featuring singers, dancers, comedians, variety acts, and other talents of all ages. Anyone who believed they have talent was encouraged to audition. It is a British television show on ITV and part of the Got Talent series. The winner of both series received £100,000 and are given the opportunity to perform at the Royal Variety Performance in front of members of the Royal Family, including the Queen.The third series began on 11 April 2009.
The show was originally planned to air in 2005 (before America's Got Talent) and be presented by Paul O'Grady. However, after O'Grady's defection to Channel 4 for The Paul O'Grady Show, O'Grady refused to appear in another ITV show, so the series was put on hold after just one rehearsal show.
The live finals are broadcast from Fountain Studios in Wembley, which is the same studio as Britain's Got Talent's sister show, The X Factor.
The application process took place throughout January and February 2009 with auditions being held in five of Britain's major cities: Manchester for three days where they saw a total of 120 auditionees; Glasgow for one day viewing a total of 40 auditionees; Birmingham for three days watching a further 120 auditionees; London for three days, seeing 128 acts; and Cardiff for one day, where they saw 40 auditionees.
The "First Round Call-Backs" took place in London on Saturday 7 February; where 40 acts were made aware that they would be competing in the live Semi-Finals in May.
The semi finals are first determined by public vote, followed by the judges. The act gathering most phone votes automatically progresses to the finals. The judges then determine which of the second and third placed acts will also progressing to the final. Susan Boyle gained the public vote on 24 May, with dance group Diversity being the judges' choice. On the 25th dance group Flawless won the most public votes, and singer Shaun Smith was selected by the judges. On the 26th, father-and-son dance-duo Stavros Flatley won the public vote and twelve-year-old singer Shaheen Jafargholi was chosen over dance group M.D. Showgroup, by the judges.