‘The Zimmers’ received a standing ovation from the live audience and four thumbs up from an impressed panel.
Alesha Dixon, Simon Cowell, David Walliams and Simon Cowell sent the OAPs flying straight through to the next round.
But, as ever, Cowell’s intentions may be more to do with TV ratings than future record sales. A source told The Sun: “It is debatable whether this is the best talent Britain has to offer but it will make good TV, which is Simon Cowell’s priority.”
Despite being a hit with audiences, the rockin’ OAPs are likely to cause controversy as they have already released two singles and an album. This does not usually qualify them to audition according to ITV1’s stipulations.
The group released their cover of The Who hit My Generation (which reached No 26 in the charts in 2007) and have also produced a rather disturbing version of The Prodigy’s Firestarter.
The source added: “Many of the other acts have asked whether it’s fair to have an established band auditioning at all.
“The fact of the matter is the talent pool is drying up so they’ve had to extend the boundaries to get entertaining acts the public want to see.
“It’s not like they’re Coldplay. They haven’t had enormous success but it is true that they have had a record deal and released singles in the past.”
Take a look at what you can expect from their vintage vibe: