BGT: Celebrities who appeared on the ITV talent show before fame


Many Britain’s Got Talent alumni tend to pursue careers in their chosen field after their stint on Simon Cowell’s show, but for some contestants they’ve managed to gain exposure in other ways.

Recognizable faces from the nation’s favorite TV shows such as TOWIE, EastEnders, Hollyoaks, Casualty and Ex On The Beach have all been honored with some of BGT’s greatest talent.

From singing stardom to acting accolades, household names such as dancer-turned-radio host Perri Kiely or singer-turned-reality legend Megan McKenna all got their humble beginnings in the UK’s biggest talent show. Uni, which should return to our screens this month. .

Megan McKenna

Megan was a ball of energy on the talent show

Fresh face Megan auditioned with her friend Demi as one half of Harmony in 2009.

The girls performed What Is This Feeling from the musical Wicked and despite Simon Cowell saying he ‘hated’ the song and ‘didn’t like their outfits’, they received three votes.

The girls then reached the semi-finals of the third series and Megan finally found fame on reality TV after her time on the talent show.

She turned to reality TV and appeared on Ex On The Beach in 2015, Celebrity Big Brother in 2016, joined TOWIE later that year and won The X Factor: Celebrity in 2019, which won her saw signing a recording contract with Syco.

Izzy Judd

Izzy was musically trained from an early age
Izzy was musically trained from an early age

The talented musician first met her future husband when she backed McFly with his band Escala on their 2005 tour, but her big break came when the string quartet decided to audition for the second round of BGT.

Izzy and Harry finally got engaged in 2012 and the couple have three children together.

She is now a bestselling author and podcast host who regularly raises awareness on the issue of infertility, conception and IVF treatment.

Charlie Wernham

His attitude is a far cry from that of his Hollyoaks character
His attitude is a far cry from that of his Hollyoaks character

Charlie, 13, was brimming with confidence when he burst onto our screens in 2008.

His comedic routine won over the judges and audience and saw him reach the semi-finals, but since then he’s taken a slightly different route.

No longer the cheeky chappy who captured the hearts of the nation, Charlie now stars as Hollyoaks’ resident bad boy Robbie Roscoe.

He made his first appearance in 2013 and has been involved in some of the show’s main storylines, including pushing his twin brother off a cliff, an affair with his brother’s wife, and an obsession with his teacher.

Perri Kiely

Perri is still in touch with her fellow Diversity bandmates
Perri is still in touch with her fellow Diversity bandmates

Everyone knew him as Diversity’s pocket rocket when they won Britain’s Got Talent in 2009.

His signature hair and gravity-defying dance moves made him instantly recognizable, and the band rose to massive fame after their deserved victory.

More recently, Perri has appeared on several shows, including Splash!, Got To Dance, and Dancing On Ice, in which he placed second in 2020.

He currently enjoys hosting KISS Radio’s breakfast show with his diversity buddy Jordan Banjo.

Shaheen Jafargholi

He has starred in several BBC shows
He has starred in several BBC shows

Since his performance of Who’s Lovin’ You, Shaheen has been asked to sing at pop star Michael Jackson’s funeral and portrayed a young Michael as part of Thriller – Live, but has since decided to pursue an acting career.

The Welsh-born singer landed his breakout role as Shakil Kazemi on BBC soap opera EastEnders in 2016 and he joined Casualty as Marty Kirkby in 2018, the year he was kicked out of EastEnders after being stabbed and killed.

Britain’s Got Talent continues Sunday April 17 at 7.35pm on ITV

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