Paul Burling missed by BGT judges

Stephen Mulhern

Paul Burling

Impressionist Paul Burling first auditioned for 'Britain's Got Talent' in 2007, but none of the judges recognised him this year.

Paul Burling has auditioned for 'Britain's Got Talent' before.

The 40-year-old comedian - who impressed the judges with his celebrity impressions on last week's programme - first appeared before the panel in 2007, yet Piers Morgan, Simon Cowell and Amanda Holden failed to recognise him when he auditioned again.

A source said: "The judges were raving about Paul this year, but didn't remember they had already seen him."

Paul's 2007 appearance was barely shown on screen and included in a 20-second montage. He went through the first round, but failed to make it to the live shows of the contest, which was eventually won by Paul Potts.

Meanwhile, ITV are planning to spread the 'Britain's Got Talent' live shows across three hours every evening for five days.

The 90-minute performance show and 30 minute results programme will sandwich the network's dramatic 'Coronation Street' siege storyline from Monday 31 May onwards.

Peter Fincham, ITV's Director of Television, Channels and Online, said: "With the live drama of 'Britain's Got Talent' and the explosive return of one of 'Coronation Street's most notorious villains Tony Gordon, it's a huge week for ITV1 and our viewers. I'm particularly delighted that both shows will be available in high definition for the first time on ITV1 HD."


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