Television Puppetry

Kony Steals the Show on Britain’s Got Talent

By May 17, 2014 August 7th, 2017 No Comments

There’s a long tradition of puppet acts very well throughout the global “Got Talent” series and this season of Britain’s Got Talent has been no exception so far. Hot on the heels of an uncredited puppeteer who charmed the judges with a puppet named Patsy May two weeks ago, a Polish puppeteer named Kony made a big impression on the audience with a Beyonce routine performed by a trio of dancing puppets.

“Kony” is Konrad Czarkowski, one of the few puppeteers in Poland specializing in “Muppet style” hand and rod puppets for film and TV. His Polish puppetry studio, Kony Puppets, produces original shows and a wide range of puppets and mascots for advertising purposes. He’s also well known in his native country for his appearances on Mam Talent, the Polish version of the “Got Talent” franchise, where he made it all the way to the finals in 2009.

While Kony’s claim that he “invented” the style of puppetry he’s using on BGT is a bit of an exaggeration (puppeteers have been performing puppets like that for decades – at least), the crowd and judges obviously loved him. It will be interesting to see what he comes up with for the next round of the competition!

Britain’s Got Talent airs on Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. on iTV in the UK. Episodes are available to watch on the iTV website and highlights are regularly posted to the Britain’s Got Talent YouTube Channel.

Via The Mirror.

01/06/14 Update: Unfortunately, Kony was eliminated from the competition in the semi finals.

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