Doncaster singer misses out on Britain's Got Talent final
Doncaster singer Rachael Wooding has missed out on a place in the final of Britain's Got Talent after judges decided not to give her a wildcard into Saturday's show.
Rachael, 37, was initially given the boot earlier in the week in the live semi-finals after failing to secure enough public votes to progress to tomorrow's live final.
But the former Coronation Street star and West End musical singer was given a second chance when it was announced that the four celebrity judges would be giving a wildcard entry to one of the rejected acts.
However, her hopes were dashed when Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and David Walliams decided to give the place to ballet dancers Shannon and Peter - who pipped her to third place in the semi-final earlier this week.
Rachael, of Harlington, finished fourth in Monday's edition of the hit ITV show which has a place at the Royal Variety Performance up for grabs for the winner.
The public 'wildcard' vote went to performing dog act Trip Hazard.
The singer performed Gravity by Sara Bareilles - and was given a unanimous thumbs up by judges but lost out in the public vote to male crooner Wayne Woodward and stunt performer Alex Magala who were voted through.
The singer was 14-1 with bookmakers to win the show ahead of her appearance.
Rachael landed her place in the semi finals after wowing judges with a pitch perfect rendition of With You from Ghost The Musical in earlier auditions.
Fellow Doncaster performers, upside down pianist Colin "Fingers" Henry, 68 and comedian Council Joe, 40, also missed out on the final after appearing in the heats.
Meanwhile, bookies have named magician Richard Jones favourite to win the show.
Aoife Heffron, PR Executive for BoyleSports commented “Richard Jones looks on course to make BGT history as the first magician to claim the title, however his drift from 5/6 to 10/11 suggests that another act may pip him to the post.”
BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT WINNING ACT
Richard Jones 10/11
Beau Dermott 5/2
100 Voices of Gospel 7/1
Jasmine Elcock 12/1
Craig Ball 12/1
Wayne Woodward 14/1
Trip Hazard and Lucy 25/1
Boogie Storm 33/1
Shanon and Peter 50/1
Balance Unity 66/1
Alex Magala 66/1
Mel and Jamie 100/1