As with any TV talent show, Britain’s Got Talent has become subject to fixing claims.
Every year it’s always expected that shows like BGT and X Factor will come under criticism, it’s all part of the package. This week’s dose of fixing allegations came after Ben Blaque took to the stage to perform a dangerous stunt with a crossbow.
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Ben fired a crossbow at a target whilst wearing a blindfold, using only the noises Simon Cowell made as a guide for where to shoot. The performance was highly dangerous and got the blood pumping, but there’s a bit more to it than meets the eye.
Ben originally appeared in the 2012 leg of the US version of the show, making it to the final.
Judge Simon Cowell acted surprised at the act and claimed to have ‘never seen anything like it’, despite being an executive producer when Ben performed the same act on America’s Got Talent four years ago.
It’s not the first time that an act that has competed in another version of the show has tried their luck on the British equivalent – but it still got people speculating about a fix.
Cowell to crossbow man Ben Blaque: "I've never seen anything like that in my life."
He was on America's Got Talent, Simon.
Your show. #BGT
— Ian Hyland (@HylandIan) April 30, 2016
Now I know #BGT is definitely a Massive Fix!!! ?
— Smiley ッ (@DazSmiles91) April 30, 2016
Nothing new fella. Seen it all before. And that fake danger nonsense #BGT And you were on AGT
— Fireman999 (@SurreyTony) April 30, 2016
— Garry Smith (@GarryTheDragon) April 30, 2016