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The Very Best British Talent Shows, Ranked

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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
    87
    50

    Britain's Got Talent

    Anthony McPartlin, Declan Donnelly

    Premiered2007

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  • 2
    The X Factor (UK)
    74
    51

    The X Factor (UK)

    Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne
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  • 3
    Strictly Come Dancing
    54
    37

    Strictly Come Dancing

    Tess Daly, Bruce Forsyth

    Premiered2004

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    The Voice UK
    54
    37

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 5
    The Great British Bake Off
    47
    39

    The Great British Bake Off

    Sue Perkins, Mel Giedroyc

    Premiered2010

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  • 6
    Eurovision Song Contest

    Premiered1956

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  • 7
    Pop Idol
    24
    38

    Pop Idol

    Pete Waterman, Nicki Chapman

    Premiered2001

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  • 8
    Opportunity Knocks
    22
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    Opportunity Knocks

    Bob Monkhouse, Les Dawson

    Premiered1949

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  • 9
    New Faces
    23
    42

    New Faces

    Marti Caine

    Premiered1973

    New Faces is a British television talent show that aired in the 1970s and 1980s. It was... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 10
    The Great Pottery Throw Down
    0
    1

    The Great Pottery Throw Down

    Melanie Sykes, Kate Malone

    Premiered2015

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  • 11
    Over the Rainbow
    17
    39

    Over the Rainbow

    Stephanie Davis

    Premiered2010

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  • 12
    So You Think You Can Dance
    16
    37

    So You Think You Can Dance

    Mark Thompson, Nigel Lythgoe

    Premiered2005

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  • 13
    Fame Academy
    9
    29

    Fame Academy

    Cat Deeley, Robin Gibb

    Premiered2002

    Fame Academy was a televised competition to search for and educate new musical talents. The... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 14
    Popstars
    8
    28

    Popstars

    Daniel Hill
    Popstars is a UK talent show series that was broadcast on ITV in early 2001. It was the first... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 15
    Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model
    8
    40

    Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model

    Elle Macpherson, Abbey Clancy

    Premiered2005

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  • 16
    Last Choir Standing
    7
    37

    Last Choir Standing

    Jonathan Barrington, Tiarnan Branson

    Premiered2008

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  • 17
    The Big Painting Challenge
    6
    45

    The Big Painting Challenge

    Richard Bacon (2015), Una Stubbs (2015)

    Premiered2015

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    Move Like Michael Jackson
    5
    49

    Move Like Michael Jackson

    Jermaine Jackson, Jamelia

    Premiered2009

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