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BGT: The Champions: Amanda Holden is left in TEARS as she awards sand artist Golden Buzzer

Amanda Holden struggled to hold back tears in Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions’ first semi-final on Saturday, as she awarded Ukranian sand artist Kseniya Simonova the coveted Golden Buzzer.

The star praised her ‘uplifting and emotional’ performance which documented the story of a child battling cancer.

It comes as the first semi-final sees some of the best and brightest acts from the Got Talent Global in a bid to win the audience’s votes.

Emotional: Amanda Holden was left in tears in Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions’ first semi-final, as she awarded Ukranian sand artist Kseniya Simonova the coveted Golden Buzzer

Distraught: The judge praised the 'uplifting and emotional' performance which documented the story of a child battling cancer

Distraught: The judge praised the ‘uplifting and emotional’ performance which documented the story of a child battling cancer

For the performance, Kseniya – who won the very first series of Ukraine’s Got Talent – moved the entire audience through a series of animations in a tray of sand.

Praising the audition, Amanda said: ‘I heard your story at the beginning of how you work with cancer patients, so the whole message was very uplifting and very emotional. 

‘For me your quiet skill requires no language, nothing needed explaining you did it with just sand it was absolutely beautiful.’

Incredible: For the performance, Kseniya - who won the very first series of Ukraine's Got Talent - moved the entire audience through a series of animations in a tray of sand

Incredible: For the performance, Kseniya – who won the very first series of Ukraine’s Got Talent – moved the entire audience through a series of animations in a tray of sand

Each semi-final will see one act voted through on an audience vote, with another advancing after receiving the iconic Golden Buzzer – which is assigned to one judge, or hosts Ant and Dec, each week.

First to take to the stage were BGT 2012 winners Ashleigh Butler, and her new pet dog Sully.

The pair’s partnership came after the stars’ beloved dog Pudsey – with whom she won the show – passed away in 2017. 

Once again the pair delighted viewers with a vintage Mary Poppins-inspired routine that showed off the pooch’s amazing moves. 

United: First to take to the stage were BGT 2012 winners Ashleigh Butler, and her new pet dog Sully

Close: The pair performed following the death of Ashleigh's dog Pudsey in 2017

United: First to take to the stage were BGT 2012 winners Ashleigh Butler, and her new pet dog Sully, following the death of her beloved Pudsey in 2017

Lovely: Once again the pair delighted viewers with a vintage Mary Poppins-inspired routine that showed off the pooch's amazing moves

Lovely: Once again the pair delighted viewers with a vintage Mary Poppins-inspired routine that showed off the pooch’s amazing moves

David Walliams gushed: ‘I love that, the set was of course based on my bedroom, all those year ago the national fell in love with Ashleigh and Pudsey and tonight we all fell in love with Ashleigh and Sully.’

Next to perform were the US father-daughter duo Bello and Annaliese Nick, who became overnight sensations when they competed separately on America’s Got Talent.

Joining forces for the first time, the pair left viewers – and the judges – gasping for breath, as they performed on a rotating setup of iron poles – without a safety net.

The daredevils’ act saw the poles repeatedly rotate with both Bello and Annaliese moving and hanging on the structure with ease.

Sweet: Presenter Ant McPartlin even got a kiss from Sully after he wowed the judges with the performance

Sweet: Presenter Ant McPartlin even got a kiss from Sully after he wowed the judges with the performance

Next to perform were the US father-daughter duo Bello and Annaliese Nick, who became overnight sensations when they competed separately on America’s Got Talent.

Joining forces for the first time, the pair left viewers – and the judges – gasping for breath, as they performed on a rotating setup of iron poles – without a safety net.

The daredevils’ act saw the poles repeatedly rotate with both Bello and Annaliese moving and hanging on the structure with ease.

Heart-stopping: Joining forces for the first time, the pair left viewers - and the judges - gasping for breath, as they performed on a rotating setup of iron poles - without a safety net

Heart-stopping: Joining forces for the first time, the pair left viewers – and the judges – gasping for breath, as they performed on a rotating setup of iron poles – without a safety net

Heart-stopping: The daredevils' act saw the poles repeatedly rotate with both Bello and Annaliese moving and hanging on the structure with ease

Heart-stopping: The daredevils’ act saw the poles repeatedly rotate with both Bello and Annaliese moving and hanging on the structure with ease

Jaw-dropping: Next to perform were the US father-daughter duo Bello and Annaliese Nick, who became overnight sensations when they competed separately on America's Got Talent

Jaw-dropping: Next to perform were the US father-daughter duo Bello and Annaliese Nick, who became overnight sensations when they competed separately on America’s Got Talent

Simon Cowell particularly commended the pair for being alive each time he sses them, adding: ‘You two are certifiably insane, and I mean that as a compliment. The reaction here is everything I hope it would be. 

‘Since I got to know both of you, you are one of the most incredible acts we’ve had on GT over the years. You’re still alive, so thank you.’

David also pointed out Bello’s distinct blonde hair, adding: ‘It was absolutely horrible, I could barely watch you, don’t we have a health and safety department on this show – it was abs incredible you look like you’re Jedward’s dad.’

Daily Mail UK

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