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The Very Best British Talent Shows, Ranked

Updated May 20, 2021 1.2k votes 233 voters 14.2k views19 items

List RulesVote up your favorite shows with the most talented, most entertaining contestants (and judges).

Talent shows allow everyday people to become superstars in any number of fields. The top British talent shows find contestants singing, dancing, and baking their way to the top prize. This is a list of the best British talent shows, including everything from The Voice UK to Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model to Strictly Come Dancing.

What series will you find on this list of the greatest British talent shows? Following the success of the American edition of the dance competition series, the UK version of So You Think You Can Dance launched to great success in 2010. The X Factor is another popular British talent show. The Great British Bake Off highlights contestants' talents in the kitchen as they are judged on cooking techniques as well as presentation. Other good British talent shows featured on this list include Opportunity Knocks, Pop Idol, and Last Choir Standing.

Which English talent show is the best? Give your personal picks a thumbs up to move them towards the top of the list, and please add any great series that are missing.

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    Britain's Got Talent

    Anthony McPartlin, Declan Donnelly

    Premiered2007

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    The X Factor (UK)

    Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne

    Premiered2004

    The X Factor is a British television music competition to find new singing talent, contested by aspiring singers drawn from public auditions. Created by Simon Cowell, the show began in 2004 and has...  more

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    The Voice UK

    will.i.am, Jessie J

    Premiered2012

    The Voice UK is a British television talent show created by John de Mol and based on the concept The Voice of Holland. It began airing on BBC One on 24 March 2012. There are five different stages to...  more
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    Strictly Come Dancing

    Tess Daly, Bruce Forsyth

    Premiered2004

    Strictly Come Dancing is a British television show, featuring celebrities with professional dance partners competing in Ballroom and Latin dances. The title of the show suggests a continuation of the...  more

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    The Great British Bake Off

    Sue Perkins, Mel Giedroyc

    PremieredAugust 17, 2010

    The Great British Bake Off (also called Bake Off or GBBO) is a British television baking competition, produced by Love Productions, in which a group of amateur bakers compete against each other in a...  more

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    Premiered1956

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    The Great Pottery Throw Down

    Melanie Sykes, Kate Malone

    PremieredNovember 3, 2015

    The Great Pottery Throw Down (HBO Max, 2015) is a British competition reality television series presented by Melanie Sykes. Ten home potters from around the country head to Stoke-on-Trent, the home...  more

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    Pop Idol

    Pete Waterman, Nicki Chapman

    Premiered2001

    Pop Idol was a British television music competition created by Simon Fuller which ran on ITV from 2001 to 2003. The aim of the show was to decide the best new young pop singer in the UK based on...  more

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    New Faces

    Marti Caine

    Premiered1973

    New Faces is a British television talent show that aired in the 1970s and 1980s. It was presented originally by Derek Hobson. It was produced by ATV for the ITV network....  more
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    Opportunity Knocks

    Bob Monkhouse, Les Dawson

    Premiered1949

    Opportunity Knocks is a British television and radio talent show originally hosted by Hughie Green, with a late-1980s revival hosted by Bob Monkhouse, and later by previous winner Les Dawson. The...  more
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    Eurovision Dance Contest

    Graham Norton, Claudia Winkleman

    Premiered2007

    The Eurovision Dance Contest (RBI, 2007) is an international dancing competition television series. The competition consisted of pairs of dancers from each participating country, each pair performing...  more

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    Last Choir Standing

    Jonathan Barrington, Tiarnan Branson

    Premiered2008

    Last Choir Standing was a 2008 talent show-themed television series produced by the BBC in the United Kingdom. Broadcast on BBC One in July and August 2008, the series saw amateur choirs competing...  more
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    So You Think You Can Dance

    Mark Thompson, Nigel Lythgoe

    PremieredJuly 20, 2005

    So You Think You Can Dance is an American televised dance competition show that airs on Fox in the United States and is the flagship series of the international So You Think You Can Dance television...  more

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    Fame Academy

    Cat Deeley, Robin Gibb

    Premiered2002

    Fame Academy was a televised competition to search for and educate new musical talents. The winner received a chance to become a successful music artist and part of the international franchise Star...  more
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    Move Like Michael Jackson

    Jermaine Jackson, Jamelia

    Premiered2009

    Move Like Michael Jackson is a British talent show made by independent production company Fever Media and Gogglebox Entertainment and transmitted on BBC Three, which aims to find people who can dance...  more
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    Popstars

    Daniel Hill
    Popstars is a UK talent show series that was broadcast on ITV in early 2001. It was the first UK series of the international Popstars franchise, and was billed as a documentary on the formation of a...  more
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    Over the Rainbow

    Stephanie Davis

    Premiered2010

    Over the Rainbow was a British television talent series that aired on BBC One from March to May 2010. It documents the search for a new, undiscovered musical theatre performer to play the role of...  more
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    Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model

    Elle Macpherson, Abbey Clancy

    Premiered2005

    Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model, often abbreviated as BNTM, BINTM, or Top Model, is a British reality television show in which a number of women compete for the title of Britain's Next Top Model...  more
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    The Big Painting Challenge

    Richard Bacon (2015), Una Stubbs (2015)

    Premiered2015

    The Big Painting Challenge is a television program first broadcast on BBC One on 22 February 2015. It is a contest in the style of The Great British Bake Off but with the craft of painting rather...  more