Cowell impressed by BGT's The Zimmers

The world's oldest band The Zimmers, have been tipped for success by Simon Cowell in 'Britain's Got Talent'

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Simon Cowell

The world's oldest band have been tipped for success in Simon Cowell's 'Britain's Got Talent'.

The Zimmers - who have a combined age of approximately 3,000 years - impressed the panel including Simon, Amanda Holden, David Walliams and Alesha Dixon when they auditioned for ITV1 show, although fellow competitors are reportedly unhappy that they have previously released records.

A source told The Sun newspaper: "It is debatable whether this is the best talent Britain has to offer but it will make good TV, which is Simon Cowell's priority.

"Many of the other acts have asked whether it's fair to have an established band auditioning at all.

"The fact of the matter is the talent pool is drying up so they've had to extend the boundaries to get entertaining acts the public want to see.

"It's not like they're Coldplay. They haven't had enormous success but it is true that they have had a record deal and released singles in the past."

The Zimmers formed in 2007 and have had more than 50 members, seven of whom have since died including original member Jack Beers who passed away in July 2009 aged 98 and former lead singer Alf Carretta who was 93 when he died in June 2010.

The new series starts on March 24.

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