Britain's Got Talent: Simon Cowell's son Eric steals the show with surprise golden buzzer moment

The two gearing up to press the buzzer
-Credit: (Image: ITV)

Britain's Got Talent's live auditions concluded last night (Sunday May 26) and saw some of the judges' children make a special appearance.

And one act got through to the live semi-finals after getting the golden buzzer despite none of the judging panel having any left. In a twist for the 2024 series, Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon, and Bruno Tonioli, were issued two opportunities to hit the golden buzzer instead of one.

All golden buzzer slots had been taken as the final acts took to the stage on Sunday night. Still, the fact didn't stop the audience from begging the panel to hit the highly coveted button when Japanese skipping group Haribow finished their performance, reports WalesOnline.

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The highly skilled dance group, who seamlessly incorporated a double skipping rope into their routine, impressed the judges and viewers with their somersaults, backflips and handstands. After earning a standing ovation, audience members could be heard saying the group should get the golden buzzer, and it wasn't long before the entire venue was chanting at Simon, Amanda, Alesha, and Bruno to push the buzzer.

Two of those audience members were Simon's son Eric and Amanda's daughter Hollie. "I've done two, I've got none left," Amanda explained to her daughter, before turning to Haribow and telling them: "Oh my God, wow wow wow, I mean that's like hours and hours of practice. It was absolutely outstanding. It was like textbook".

Haribow on stage
Haribow wowed the Britain's Got Talent judges and audience -Credit:ITV

Alesha could just about be heard over the shouting telling the group, who had flown from Japan for the audition: "I can't hear myself think. You can clearly see how much work has gone into this. Well done." Bruno echoed: "This is better than anything I've ever seen and you are amazing dancers as well," before turning to the audience and trying to explain to them: "Listen to me, we've got none left, we can't."

Simon then said: "That's as good as you're going to get. Sometimes you watch an audition and I'm sat here thinking I genuinely don't know what to say, when it's brilliant like this it's just... words aren't really necessary." He then paused and turned to where his son Eric was sat and said: "Sorry, my son is literally going crazy right now. Is there anyone who thinks they deserve a golden buzzer?"

After screams from the crowd, Simon then said to Hollie and Eric: "You do it." The pair rushed to the panel and hit the golden buzzer, shocking Amanda, Alesha, and Bruno. Simon told Haribow: "What an amazing moment, that was my son and Amanda's daughter, egged on by the audience. We are going to see you in the finals congratulations." Turning to the audience, Simon said: "I'm going to give this one to all of you."

Taking to X, formerly Twitter, fans reacted to seeing Eric and Hollie on screen. @KaniaMcKalliah said: "That was brilliant entertainment to watch... It was lovely seeing Eric & Hollie being a real part of it" as @mlawelshwoman wrote: "Aww Simon’s son Eric [heart eye emoji] #BGT". @WestlifeDreams praised: "well done Eric and Hollie. Defo well deserved golden buzzer".

The Britain's Got Talent live semi finals take place from Monday May 27 to Friday, May 31, with the final on Sunday June 2.