Pop music empresario Simon Cowell suggested a Hungarian dance group could walk away with ‘Britain’s Got Talent’s’ top prize on Saturday.
More than 15 million viewers are expected to tune-in for the ITV talent show, now in its seventh series, which will be broadcast at 19.30 BST.
Cowell said his “gut feeling” was that Hungarian shadow theatre group ‘Attraction’ and teenage comic Jack Carroll were the favourites to win, but added: “We could be in for a shock.”
Bookmakers Ladbrokes have pegged the group as favourites, suggesting Britain may not have as much talent as first thought.
Fourteen-year-old comedian Carroll has overcome cerebral palsy to forge a career on stage and has won over the audience by using his disability as the source of many of his jokes and one-liners.
The show will feature eleven entrants, including a wildcard pick from one of the losing acts.
They will each compete for a £250,000 prize and the chance to perform at the Royal Variety Show later in the year.
Finalists, ‘The Luminites’ have said they were not leaving anything to chance before their performance and had been in “really intense” rehearsals.
The show has been widely criticized in recent weeks, by, amongst others, presenter, Sir Bruce Forsyth, for putting young acts under pressure.