ITV BGT's Ssaulabi Performance Troupe dealt huge blow to victory hopes - despite bagging finale spot

Simon Cowell and Ssaulabi Performance Troupe

The BGT finalists have been dealt a huge blow

Olivia Gantzer

By Olivia Gantzer

Published: 28/05/2024

- 14:58

The group managed to grab a place in Sunday's grand finale

Britain's Got Talent is edging closer to its 2024 grand finale and while several acts are in line to be crowned winner, one successful performer from Monday's show has been dealt a huge blow.

Ssaulabi Performance Troupe wowed judges during their audition and impressed both audiences at home and the judging panel once again in last night's first live semi-final show.

Monday's episode saw musician Sven Smith, dog act The Trickstars, child dancer Trey Braine, roller-skaters Duo Stardust, singer Taryn Charles, comedy act Bikoon!, opera singer Innocent Masuku and the Ssaulabi Taekwondo Troupe all take to the stage.

While Ssaulabi Taekwondo Troupe and Innocent Makukun made it through to Sunday's finale, it seems it isn't all good news for the troupe.

According to the latest odds from William Hill, Innocent Masuku is the favourite to be crowned Britain's Got Talent winner.

The opera singer's odds of winning have shortened from 12/1 to 5/2, and he now leads Denise & Stefan and Haribow, both priced at 7/2 in the market.

The Ssaulabi Performance Troupe are not in the greatest position, however, with odds priced at 16/1 from 20/1.

William Hill spokesperson Lee Phelps stated: "Innocent Masuku certainly hit the right notes with the judges last night and he seems to have struck a chord with punters too as his price to win this year’s Britain’s Got Talent has shrunk to just 5/2 from 12/1 at the weekend.

"The opera star now leads Denise & Stefan and Haribow, while other semi-final winners The Ssaulabi Performance Troupe have only shortened slightly into 16/1 and remain relative outsiders despite already being in the final."

Despite their success on Monday, fans were left fuming that one singer didn't even make the final three and was eliminated from the competition.

Ssaulabi Performance Troupe

The Ssaulabi Performance Troupe made it through to Sunday's finale


Many fans complained singer Taryn Charles had been "robbed" following her powerful performance in the live show.

Judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and Bruno Tonioli were all on their feet following her rendition of Teddy Swims' song Lose Control.

"Great choice of song, it really is a contemporary classic but you gave it soul, you gave it blues, you could feel every emotion," an excited Tonioli declared.

He continued: "You sang like you were singing individually to each and every one of us!"

Innocent Masuku

Innocent Masuku is the favourite to win


Fans instantly fumed as the final three were announced and the singer didn't make the cut.

The final round of auditions also sparked a huge backlash, with Sunday's viewers accusing the show of being "a fix".

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