No end to the talent in Cowell’s hit

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Britain’s Got Talent Final (Sunday, May 31, ITV, 7.30pm)

While The X Factor may appear to be on borrowed time, this Simon Cowell creation continues to go from strength to strength.

It has now spawned spin-offs in more than 50 countries and the British incarnation still looks just as fresh and exciting as it did when it made its debut back in 2007.

Tonight, the curtain falls on the ninth series, and it has been one of the best so far, with a plethora of rough showbiz diamonds taking their chance to sparkle.

Among those who beat the buzzer and got the magic four yeses were a group of dads dancing to hip-hop music, a contortionist from Essex, a Russian trampoline artist, a burlesque dance troupe from East Yorkshire, and a comedy hypnotist with a pet dog.

It seems most of the major contenders for the prize of £250,000 and the chance to perform at this year’s Royal Variety Show will once again be singers and dancers.

Crooner Calum Scottand Siberian shadow dance sensations UDI were the front runners with the bookies before last week’s semi-finals got underway.

However, don’t be surprised if there’s an upset. After all, Scottish singer Susan Boyle was a massive odds-on favourite in 2009, and ended up losing to dance group Diversity.