Stephen Mulhern tonight announced the names of 24 hopefuls who will battle it out for online votes to win a spot on the ITV talent show.
Acts with the most votes will face judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams in one of the audition rounds before the live shows.
Among the contenders are multilingual comic singer Giovanni, 40-year-old stand-up impressionist Mike and seven-man group Fire Hose 1 Dixieland Jazz Band.
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Britain's Got More Talent host Mulhern said: "It's really exciting that people can showcase their talent in this way - it's so easy and accessible. We've got a great shortlist and I can't wait to see them perform in front of the judges."
Britain's Got Talent's YouTube search launched in a lesser form in last year's series.
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