Britain's Got Talent producers have been accused of 'fixing' the show once more, the Daily Mail reports today. Just hours after the finalists, Loveable Rogues had admitted that BGT's bosses had hand-picked them to appear in the show, it was also revealed that the synchronised swimming troupe Aquabatique had also been pre-selected for the show, bypassing the initial audition rounds.
Aquabatique (Zoe, Emily, Beth and Jazmine) performed their synchronised routine in an over-sized fish tank, prompting Simon Cowell to comment that watching them was like "being in a human aquarium." Their performance stunned the other judges. The routine won't have been too much of a surprise to David Walliams, however, as they performed at his wedding to Lara Stone. They already have a number of high profile fans, including the Olympic diver Tom Daly and the Dragon's Den entrepreneur Peter Jones. Unlike most acts, who have to complete an application form and perform in front of the judges, Aquabatique were fast-tracked to the live rounds, after sending in a show reel.
Defending the process, a spokesperson for Britain's Got Talent said "All the acts go through the same judging process. The judges decide who go through and they're not aware of how contestants have come to be at the auditions. A large number of people were aware of the auditions and applied in the usual manner. However, we cast our net wider this year to make people aware of the auditions. Before the auditions, our researchers discovered talented acts through many routes, including word of mouth, internet searches and open auditions.
'Hundreds of acts are informed about auditions, but many do not get past producers or judges auditions."