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The Very Best British Talent Shows, Ranked

Updated July 30, 2020 1.2k votes 228 voters 14.0k views18 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
    Britain's Got Talent (ITV, 2007), often abbreviated to BGT, is a televised British talent show...  more


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    The X Factor (UK)

    Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne
    The X Factor is a British television music competition to find new singing talent, contested...  more

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    The Voice UK

    will.i.am, Jessie J
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  • 4

    Strictly Come Dancing

    Tess Daly, Bruce Forsyth
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    The Great British Bake Off

    Sue Perkins, Mel Giedroyc
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    The Great Pottery Throw Down

    Melanie Sykes, Kate Malone
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    Pop Idol

    Pete Waterman, Nicki Chapman
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  • 9

    New Faces

    Marti Caine
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  • 10

    Opportunity Knocks

    Bob Monkhouse, Les Dawson
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  • 11

    Last Choir Standing

    Jonathan Barrington, Tiarnan Branson
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    So You Think You Can Dance

    Mark Thompson, Nigel Lythgoe
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  • 13

    Fame Academy

    Cat Deeley, Robin Gibb
    Fame Academy was a televised competition to search for and educate new musical talents. The...  more
  • 14

    Move Like Michael Jackson

    Jermaine Jackson, Jamelia
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  • 15


    Daniel Hill
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  • 16

    Over the Rainbow

    Stephanie Davis
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  • 17

    Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model

    Elle Macpherson, Abbey Clancy
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    The Big Painting Challenge

    Richard Bacon (2015), Una Stubbs (2015)
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