We’re only a matter of weeks into the new series of ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, but already the show has been causing controversy and making headlines for all manner of reason.
Most of the outcry this year has stemmed from the fact that so many of the acts have appeared on international editions of the ‘Got Talent’ franchise, with sword-swallowing extraordinaire Alex Magala having already wowed audiences across the pond on the US version of the show.
Meanwhile, ballet duo Bitter Harvest have already been finalists on Sky 1’s hit dance show ‘Got To Dance’ and Ben Blaque also once made it through to the last batch of contestants on ‘America’s Got Talent’.
Even the kids aren’t exempt from media scrutiny this year, with teenage Golden Buzzer acts Beau Dermott and Jasmine Elcock both coming under fire due to their previous performing backgrounds, leading to ‘BGT’ bosses stepping in to defend the young acts.
Of course, controversy and ‘BGT’ have always gone hand in hand, and here are just 12 of the moments that have had viewers up in arms over the 10 years the hit ITV show has been on the air.
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This year’s ‘BGT’ auditions will continue airing on ITV each Saturday night, until the semi-finals kick off later in the series, airing nightly for a whole week.
As well as earning the chance to perform for the Royal Family at the annual Royal Variety Performance, the winner of ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ also scoops a cash prize of £250,000.