Simon Cowell has responded to claims that Britain’s Got Talent is ‘fixed,’ after viewers also claimed an audition was ‘staged‘.
The TV judge has spoken out on the ITV show’s criticism after a Golden Buzzer was given to professional singer Loren Allred, which meant she goes straight through to the semi-finals.
Addressing speculations surrounding the programme, Cowell told The Sun: “This year, there are less professional people. That’s where we started the show all those years ago.
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“We started by opening the show to anyone regardless of a day job or hidden talent that they want to show to the world.
“This is the place to do it and thank God that’s the show it’s evolved into. We don’t really have any rules on it.
“Wherever you’re from, whatever you do, you are welcome.”
Amanda Holden gave Allred the buzzer for her performance of ‘Never Enough’ from The Greatest Showman.
During her appearance on the show, the 32-year-old confirmed that it was her voice on the soundtrack for the film, despite the fact she never appeared on the screen.
Taking to Twitter, one viewer fumed: “Loren Allred is exactly why people are stopping watching Britains Got Talent. What used to be just normal people following a dream are now calculated greedy individuals looking to boost their career, it’s unfair on all other participants.”
“How is Loren Allred competing on Britains Got Talent fair?” asked another. “She’s already a successful and famous singer.”
A third remarked: “With regard to Loren Allred on Britains Got Talent, a quick check on Google shows she’s already worth $2m and been on the US version of the voice and Simon Cowell didn’t know? #sceptical.”
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