Britain's Got Talent LIVE – Fans slam 'fixed' show after favourite is sent home by 'disrespectful' judges

BRITAIN'S Got Talent fans have been left wanting an apology after the "disrespectful" judging panel "interrupted" The Witches performance last night – meaning they did not get to the final.

Viewers are calling for Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams to apologise after their “ignorant” behaviour.

As part of the act, the judges were asked to take a piece of paper with a fear written on it out of a bag.

However, David could be heard heckling the performance and making jokes when the other judges were meant to be participating.

Furious fans took to Twitter after the performance to slam the “rude” judges – especially since the act did not make it to the final.

And viewers have been left far from happy about this as they think this is a fix, since acts like Maxwell Thorpe and Jamie Leahey progressed to this year's final after the first semi-final.

“David Walliams was completely arrogant during The Witches act. Absolute ignorance of the highest order,” one viewer wrote on Twitter.

Another said: “The way the judges acted towards The Witches act was so disrespectful. Who’s voting for them tonight so they can get another chance? Really felt for them.

“The Witch act already has my vote. The judges ruined it with their p***-taking,” a third said.

A fourth fumed: “I think the judges were really disrespectful to The Witches, totally ruined their act by behaving that way and to not talk about it after whereas all other acts get spoken to? The act needs an apology.”

And another user tweeted: "No! I liked The Witches, despite being ruined by the judges stupid jokes."

Read our Britain's Got Talent live blog below for the latest real-time updates…

  • Milica Cosic

    Shock as Simon covered his ears last night

    Fans of the BGT also weren't impressed as Simon Cowell covered his ears in the opening moments of the first live semi final.

    Simon claimed he was covering his ears because he didn't know who was in the line-up for the first live show of the series.

    He also said this was why he couldn't turn around, as he wanted to be surprised.

    Simon explained when hosts Ant and Dec came over to chat to the panel: "By the way I was doing this [puts fingers in ears] the whole way through the intro because I don't know who is on tonight's show so I like to be surprised.

    "So that might have looked a bit odd what I was doing and I can't look behind me but I am very very excited."

    Dec shot back: "Simon nothing surprised us about you anymore!"

    But fans cried foul and said they didn't believe what he was telling viewers.

    "Give over, don't chat s**t Simon," one vented. "You know full well who's on tonight's show!"

    A second said: "does Simon really not know who's on??"

  • Milica Cosic

    Fans say the same thing as the show is interrupted

    BGT FANS last night were left fuming after the first live show was constantly interrupted by adverts.

    The live semi-finals also suffered a technical blunder when a clock counting down the seconds until it was back on air, suddenly appeared after one of the many commercial breaks.

    But it was the amount of ad breaks that really got fans talking this evening.

    The adverts came on around every ten minutes, after each of the eight acts appeared.

    Viewers were not happy about BGT being interrupted so much. and took to Twitter to vent.

    This fan tweeted: "OMG Another Ad Break."

    Another fan commented: "The advert reps getting their monies worth with the amount of ad breaks in this #bgt."

    While this one said: "Not another one! Too many ad breaks !!!"

    This evening's show was also interrupted by this clockCredit: ITV
  • Milica Cosic

    BGT in new fix row

    BRITAIN'S Got Talent was plunged into a new 'fix' row last night as viewers were furious their favourite act got sent home.

    Fans flocked to Twitter to comment after the Witches got the boot.

    Telly viewers couldn't believe it when they waited for the results of the exciting two-hour long first live show – only to be stunned their favourite spooky act was not making the finals.

    Talented acts Maxwell Thorpe & Jamie Leahey made it through to the Britain's Got Talent final after the first semi-finals last night.

    One Tweeted: "No! I liked The Witches, despite being ruined by the judges stupid jokes."

    Another fumed: "BGT is so fixed."

    A third said: "NAH. This voting is all wrong. How the **** have some of these acts gone home over the acts in the Top 3?"

  • Louis Allwood

    BGT episodes are available on ITV Hub

    Episodes will be available on the ITV Hub after each episode has aired.

    As always the BGT champion will walk away with a huge cash prize of £250,000 and spot on bill of the Royal Variety Performance.

    The reigning champ from 2020 is comedy singer Jon Courtenay.

    Of course, Geordie comedy duo Ant and Dec will host the talent competition once again.

  • Louis Allwood

    Former BGT star Gabz 'excited' to reveal he's transgender

    A former Britain's Got Talent child star has revealed he is transgender in an emotional statement detailing his "excitement".

    Former BGT star Gabz, now 23, has come out as transgender and has officially changed his name.

    The singer reached the final of the talent competition in 2013 when he was just 14, with his debut single Lighters (The One) climbing to number six on the UK Singles Chart.

    Ashley Gray told his 110,000 TikTok followers: "Basically, I have some exciting news,' Ash began, 'so, if you didn't know, I'm trans and I've been waiting on the gender clinic waiting list for the NHS for quite a while so I decided to go private.

    "It went really well, I mean I just cried the whole time, but it went really well – which means I'm going to be able to change the name on my passport and my gender mark on my passport, which is exciting."

    Meanwhile, BGT returned to ITV on Saturday with the last auditions before the live semi-finals.

    During the episode Attraction Juniors took to the stage and impressed Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams.

    Nine-year-old Mischa Palor from Birmingham also wowed the audience and judges with a dance to Somewhere Over The Rainbow.

  • Louis Allwood

    BGT fans are all saying the same thing

    BGT fans think this year’s auditions were lacking the fun factor.

    On Saturday evening, the first stage of the competition came to an end ahead of the live shows with some very impressive talents on show.

    But those watching at home missed seeing the more amusing auditionees and have called for them to be brought back next year.

    One person moaned: “They no longer show many bad acts and that’s a shame. It’s why I no longer watch.”

    A second said: “There used to be acts on #BGT that were so bad, they were brilliant, even though they would invariably get a full house of (red) buzzers. Has the (temporary?) demise of Britain's Got More Talent seen them off? Or is it wokery and fear of 'bullying' complaints?”

    And a third wrote: “Where are the bad acts? It’s all I’m watching for #BGT.”

  • Louis Allwood

    BGT’s Amanda Holden looks stunning as she flashes her toned tummy

    Amanda Holden wowed fans as she flashed her toned tummy in a pink outfit on Instagram.

    The Britain's Got Talent star strutted across the carpet in the sexy two-piece while striking a pose.

    Amanda, 51, looked sensational in a silk skirt and matching top that clung to her tiny waist and featured bell sleeves.

    She accessorised with a sweep of pink lipstick and wore her glossy hair straight.

    The talent show judge captioned her clip: "#morning 💗"

    In response to the post, Amanda was inundated with comments from friends and followers who were in awe of her ageless beauty.

  • Louis Allwood

    How does the golden buzzer work?

    Although most acts can expect to receive feedback and a yes or no vote from the judges, special acts might receive the Golden Buzzer opportunity.

    Once per series each judge can catapult an act straight to the semi-finals with the Golden Buzzer.

    Presenters Ant and Dec also have one opportunity to award a Golden Buzzer and guarantee their favourite act a spot in the semis.

    The Golden Buzzer was introduced on Britain's Got Talent in 2014 and has become a much-loved feature, although choices can cause controversy.

    No Golden Buzzer act had won the competition until Jon Courtenay was crowned champion in 2020.

  • Louis Allwood

    Who go the golden buzzer?

    The Golden Buzzer acts are:

    • Loren Allred – The classical singer was the first act to receive the Golden Buzzer. She was selected by Amanda Holden after her performance of 'Never enough.'
    • Axel Blake – Head judge Simon Cowell hit the buzzer after Axel left the panel in hysterics after his comical stand-up routine.
    • Born To Perform – Children's dance trouped BTP wowed David Walliams so much with their Hairspray routine that he awarded him his Golden Buzzer.
    • Flintz and Taylor – Alesha Dixon chose the musical duo who met during lockdown for her Golden Buzzer act.
    • Keiichi Iwasaki – Presenters Ant and Dec stormed the stage to award their Golden Buzzer to magician Keiichi.
    • Louis Allwood

      When are the Britain's Got Talent live semi finals?

      The live semi-finals will be running from Monday, May 30 till Friday, June 3.

      All episodes will air at 8pm on ITV.

      Eight acts will perform each night with the hope of impressing those watching enough that they'll vote for them.

      The judges will then choose between the two acts with the most votes who will make it through to the final.

    • Louis Allwood

      Who are the Britain's Got Talent judges?

      • Simon Cowell – Simon Cowell returned for another series of Britain's Got Talent.
        As Simon Cowell's production company SyCo is the team behind the show, it was guaranteed that Simon would be back.
      • Amanda Holden- Amanda Holden has graced our screens every Saturday night for another series.
        She has been a firm fixture on the show since the first series and has become a household name.
      • Alesha Dixon – Alesha Dixon has returned to judge the new series of Britain's Got Talent.
        The singer joined the panel back in 2012 and quickly became a fan favourite.
      • David Walliams – Comedian David Walliams is back as the final judge of the series.
        The actor and comedian is known for his camp humour and for annoying Simon Cowell.

      Fans in stitches as show hit by blunder as Ant McPartlin gets stuck in chair

      BRITAIN'S Got Talent fans were left in stitches as the show was hit by a blunder as Ant McPartlin got stuck in a chair.

      The host was opening the show in spectacular style with Declan Donnelly when the hilarious mishap occurred.

      Britain's Got Talent fans flocked to Twitter within minutes of the show starting.

      One chuckled: "Haha great start for Ant."

      Another said: "Ant got stuck on the entrance hilarious."

      A third chimed in: "Ant getting stuck in his chair."

      BGT fans are saying the same thing as they fume about first live show being interrupted

      BGT FANS tonight were left fuming after the first live show was constantly interrupted by adverts.

      The live semi-finals also suffered a technical blunder when a clock counting down the seconds until it was back on air, suddenly appeared after one of the many commercial breaks.

      Tonight's show featured all the weird and wonderful acts which have been thrilling fans over the last month.

      But it was the amount of ad breaks that really got fans talking this evening.

      The adverts came on around every ten minutes, after each of the eight acts appeared.

      Viewers were not happy about BGT being interrupted so much and took to Twitter to vent.

      This fan tweeted: "OMG Another Ad Break."

      Another fan commented: "The advert reps getting their monies worth with the amount of ad breaks in this #bgt."

      While this one said: "Not another one! Too many ad breaks !!!"

      The second act in the final is Jamie Leahey

      Jamie has been voted through by the public vote after the judges were unable to decide who should be the runner-up.

      The winner of tonight's semi final

      The winner of tonight's semi-final is Maxwell Thorpe.

      • Louis Allwood

        Maxwell Thorpe is in the top three

        Maxwell Thorpe has made it in to the top three along with Junwoo and Jamie Leahey.

      • Louis Allwood

        The witches are going home

        The witches have been voted off.

      • Louis Allwood

        What happens now?

        The top three acts will be announced with the top act going straight through.

        The final two acts will be voted for by the judges.

      • Louis Allwood

        Here we go

        The acts are nervously waiting for the result to be announced.

        Over to Ant and Dec.

      • Louis Allwood

        Voting has now closed

        Not long now until we know who will be heading to the final of BGT 2022.

      • Louis Allwood

        Fans claims witch act went on too long

        Viewers complained the act went on too long as a result of the judges messing around.

        "Why have I been watching this Witches act for 5 hours?" one viewer complained.

        "10 mins of my life I won't get back," fumed another.

        The act saw Amanda being picked on again for the final reveal when a rat was pulled out the box.

        She screamed and fled the stage, as did Alesha, while the audience were in hysterics.

        For weeks since The Witch first appeared on the show, fans have been speculating as to the real identity of the act.

      • Louis Allwood

        Vote closes in 5 minutes

        Don't forget to cast your vote for tonight's semi-final.

        The voting will close in 5 minutes.

      • Louis Allwood

        Viewers slam the judges as they ‘ruin’ terrifying Witches big return

        Fuming Britain's Got Talent viewers were up in arms as they claimed the judges 'ruined' the Witches big return in the first semi final.

        The Witch caused a sensation when she first appeared on the show in the auditions and tonight she returned as a group of several witches.

        Viewers took to twitter to voice their disapproval and slam the judges for letting the witch down.

        "Judges completely ruined the withches act," vented one. "At least show a bit of respect to what he/she is trying to do."

        "Anyone think the judges are ruining this witches act?" asked a second.

        A third chimed in: "Well done judges, absolutely ruined the witches act with your need for the spotlight to be on you."

      • Louis Allwood

        Voting has opened

        Ant and Dec have said there is no APP for viewers to vote on.

        All you need to do now is simply scan the QR code on the screen and vote for free.

        Or viewers can head over to the website and vote for free.

        It couldn’t be any easier.

      • Louis Allwood

        Maxwell Thorpe ends the show in style

        Simon was left speechless after Maxwell's amazing performance.

        The head judge had to wait until the audience stopped cheering to praise the busker.

        It was 'outstanding' Simon added.

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