The GoCompare singing man, 'Gio Compario', is one of the most loved/hated advertising characters of recent memory.

His hilarious/unbearable singing and hammy acting has delighted/annoyed TV audiences since 2009 and now frustration has boiled over, leading to the new range of adverts being defaced mere hours after being posted on billboards.

Or have they?

Rather than serial vandalism across the UK, it appears that the new adverts are a cunning new scheme by the company which sees the company take a new line of self-deprecating humour.

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The new adverts will trick you at first glance

The billboards have been appearing across the country from the beginning of July and surely fooling plenty of passersby.

The adverts also coincide with a new televised advert, which sees the tenor targeted by an unlikely assassin.

The man behind the moustache is Welsh opera singer Wynne Evans, who also presents on Welsh TV and radio as well as having a Number One-selling classical album in 2011.

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The Gio Compario character is one of the most divisive in advertising history

The best adverts are those that you remember - for good reasons or bad - which has made the Gio Compario campaign such an advertising success in its three years.

But what do you think of the new adverts? Do you think they're a clever idea or just another infuriating campaign bound to get on your nerves? Let us know in the comments below, and look through our slideshow on the most controversial adverts of all-time.

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  • Levis.

  • Saatchi and Saatchi's campaign for The Conservative Party ahead of the 1979 general election.

  • Durex.

  • Sisley fashion brand.

  • Sean John's Unforgivable Woman fragrance.

  • Linford Christie stars in Kleenex's tissue advert.

  • Wonderbra's infamous advert.

  • Lynx.

  • BMW.

  • BaF's anti-domestic violence ad.

  • Red Tape menswear fashion brand.

  • Controversial French anti-smoking advert,

  • MacDonald's.

  • QSOL service provider.

  • NSPCC

  • A German MacDonald's advert.

  • Heinz.

  • Cadbury's.

  • Miquita Oliver in Women's Aid advert.

  • Advert for Chicolate chocolate substitute.

  • Skin Burn, anti-smoking ad

  • Barnardo's.

  • Tipalet cigarette advert.

  • Benetton

  • TG4 television program entitled 'Paisean Faisean'.

  • Courage beer.

  • Budweiser.

  • Barcardi rum.

  • Amnesty International

  • Skyy alcoholic drink.

  • Amnesty International

  • Amnesty International

  • Anti binge-drinking advert

  • Van Heusen

  • BMW

  • Pitney-Bowes Postage Meter

  • Government anti-drug driving advert

  • Anti-abortion advert

  • Advert against verbal abuse

  • Fabrica

  • Benson & Hedges

  • American Apparel

  • Amnesty International

  • Post-It