BGT viewers call for David Walliams to return as new judge Bruno Tonioli breaks rule on first appearance
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Britain's Got Talent returned to our TV screens last night, with the 16th series airing on ITV.
And for the first time in a decade, there is a new judge on the talent show, with former Strictly Come Dancing favourite Bruno Tonioli coming on board.
For ten years, the judge panel had been comprised of veteran Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and children's author and Little Britain star David Walliams.
But David quit the show ahead of season 16, as he was heard describing an elderly contestant as a 'c***' while also making sexist remarks about a woman taking part.
ITV bosses decided on Bruno to be David's successor and it was certainly an eventful first episode of the series for the Italian.
First of all, the dancer and choreographer admitted that he had never actually watched BGT before in an interview on Lorraine, so Bruno had no idea about the rules.
At the start of the episode, he pressed the iconic red buzzer after nasal recorder player Mikko Rautiainen had already performed his act.
"It's a no from me," he said while pressing the red buzzer, which you are only supposed to do while the act is performing.
"You don't have to do that as well," Simon explained. While Ant added: "Explain the rules, will you?"
Bruno then apologised for his mistake, with Simon asking: "Have you ever watched this show?" while a laughing Amanda declared: "He's never watched the show."
That wasn't the only slip-up for Bruno in episode one, as his golden buzzer act moment was just as chaotic.
For those unaware of the golden buzzer, each judge gets to press it once during auditions, which sends that act straight through to the live semi-finals.
Well, Bruno pressed his buzzer last night for the brilliant dance group Ghetto Kids, but he did so while they were still performing.
The children then had to continue performing their act while being showered with golden confetti - true professionalism though!
"Normally, the golden buzzer is pressed afterwards. You performed with the confetti, it was magical," Simon said after the act had finished.
"Normally, we talk and they wait for the reaction and you press that," he explained to Bruno.
It was certainly a chaotic start for Bruno, but the praise did come in for the new judge on the block.
"Bruno is a good addition to the judging panel," one person on Twitter said.
However, there were some who are missing David and took to social media to call for his return.
"Bring back David, not the same without him," one person on Twitter wrote.
A second added: "Already missing the banter between David Walliams and Simon Cowell."
Meanwhile, a third remarked: "Only 30 seconds into #BGT and here’s my first bring back David Walliams appreciation tweet"
BGT is back once more on ITV1 tonight at 7:45pm.