Some Britain’s Got Talent contestants has previously appeared on shows linked to Simon Cowell
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Britain’s Got Talent returned for its 15th series last month – but it has already been by hit by several “fix” claims by viewers.
One of the latest controversies involved magician Keiichi Iwasaki, who impressed the judges by levitating a ring of Alesha’s finger and got Ant and Dec hitting their Golden Buzzer.
However, it later emerged the magician had auditioned on the franchise in three other countries, frustrating some viewers of the show who have also criticised the inclusion of other contestants.
The last episode also featured strongman JD Anderson, who has previously appeared on shows linked to Simon Cowell.
Here’s a look at the “fix” claims this series of Britain’s Got Talent has faced so far…
The Japanese street magician took to the stage last episode and stunned the judges with his performance.
However, it later emerged he auditioned for the Italian version of the hit talent show in 2016 before reaching the semi-finals of the Spanish version in 2019.
More recently, he performed in the Bulgarian spin-off in 2021 and also auditioned for Germany’s Das Supertalent last year.
It comes as Britain’s Got Talent comes under fire for letting “professional” acts take part, with some of them getting the Golden Buzzers from the judges.
Britain’s Got Talent was involved in another ‘fix’ row recently after it was revealed strongman JD Anderson has links to judge Simon Cowell.
The American, nicknamed The Iceman, impressed as he performed a series of stunts to showcase his super strength, including bending a hammer with his bare hands and snapping baseball bats in half.
However, it later emerged he had appeared on other shows linked to Simon Cowell – particularly America’s Got Talent and game show Red or Black.
A spokesperson for the show told The Sun: “As with many other entertainers who are hoping for success in the industry, JD Anderson had previously appeared on television shows in the past but chose to audition for BGT to perform in front of Simon Cowell for the first time, referencing him as one of the most recognisable names in the world.
“There are no rules that state that appearing on other shows should prevent him from applying. All acts audition on the same basis and normal programme rules apply.
“These claims unnecessarily encourage negative trolling against our contestants and “fix” claims are completely untrue. We have always been very open about who can apply for BGT,” they added.
A controversial moment came earlier on in the series after singer Loren Allred gave a breathtaking rendition of Never Enough from The Greatest Showman soundtrack.
It was revealed during the show however that Loren was actually the original voice behind the musical movie’s smash hit single – the very song she did for her audition.
Some viewers felt Loren therefore had an unfair advantage over other contestants and vented their frustration on Twitter when Amanda Holden pressed her Golden Buzzer during the audition.
Comedian Axel Blake’s witty routine impressed the impressed judges earlier on in the series and even got the Golden Buzzer from Simon Cowell.
However, many viewers were quick to point out how Axel, 33, is already a pretty successful stand-up comedian with a show on Amazon Prime, one of the world’s biggest streaming platforms.
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