Britain’s Got Talent hopefuls from Northamptonshire join other stars from the town in live semi-finals

Kieran Sutcliffe and Sarah James singing on Britain's Got Talent
Kieran Sutcliffe and Sarah James singing on Britain's Got Talent
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Three acts from Northamptonshire won their way through to the live semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent.

Singers Sarah James and Kieran Sutcliffe, from East Hunsbury, dance group Cartel and singer Bailey McConnell will all feature in the ITV1 show, which starts the search for the finalists tonight.

Cartel dance group (C) ITV Plc

Cartel dance group (C) ITV Plc

It is not yet known which night they will appear, but the live finals take place all week.

Sarah and Kieran appeared in the final audition show on Sunday night and charmed the four judges with not only their performance of Love Changes Everything but also their relationship and “chemistry” together. One of the judges, Amanda Holden, told them to get married as soon as possible as “you are perfect together”.

Speaking ahead of the show, Miss James said it was third time lucky for the pair as they had failed to get through to the live audition in front of judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, David Walliams and Alesha Dixon on two previous occasions.

She said: “The first thing you are aware of is that the buzzers are so loud when you are waiting to go on.

Milton Keynes' Bailey McConnell meets fans in Midsummer Place

Milton Keynes' Bailey McConnell meets fans in Midsummer Place

“My heart was racing but we just wanted to do our best. We felt it went really well, although I always think that it could have gone even better.”

Miss James said she had been singing since she was eight years old and had appeared in the Chron 14 years ago when she won a competition to appear in a production of Fame in the West end.

The former Mereway Upper school pupil said she met Kieran four years ago when they were both working as singers at a hotel in Madeira.

She said: “I fell in love with Kieran after I first heard him sing and then met him 
and found out he was such a lovely guy.

“Our first kiss was when we were performing a version of Mamma Mia.”

Dance act Cartel was up against tough competition from other dance groups in the show as judges whittled down 200 acts to the 40 needed for the live semi-finals.

Two members of the group are studying at Northampton College - Jordan Goodenough, aged 18, Steven Thompson, aged 19.

And former winner of Northampton’s Got Talent, Bailey McConnell, aged 13, who received three yes votes from the judges after he performed a self-written song called Dying Hole, also won through.