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Britain's Got Talent viewers blast 'ridiculously dangerous' stunt

Joe Harker

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It's safe to say that this weekend's Britain's Got Talent viewers got a little bit more than they bargained for after one entrant wowed the judges with an incredibly dangerous stunt.

Plenty ended up complaining about what they saw after they watched the daring stuntman Thomas Vu tackle the brain-bending Rubik's Cube puzzle, only he did it while he was on fire.

It should be noted that when we say this stunt was performed by trained professionals we mean it, as Thomas is a pro stuntman who you've probably seen on the screen before even if you didn't realise it.

He's performed in Marvel movie Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, TV series Daredevil and a whole host of other movies and TV shows including Ready Player One, Westworld and Terminator: Dark Fate.

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With that in mind definitely, don't try dousing yourself in flammable material to show off just how good you are at solving a Rubik's Cube, it's probably quite a difficult thing to practise.

"I'm gonna be lit on fire" he said, and he really did mean it. Credit: ITV
"I'm gonna be lit on fire" he said, and he really did mean it. Credit: ITV

Viewers were pretty darn shocked to watch a man set himself on fire right before their eyes and despite the obvious skill on display to solve the puzzle before burning to death plenty weren't sure they wanted to go back in for another look.

One said it was a 'b****y ridiculous and totally inappropriate' to do, while another who thought it was 'ridiculous' also slammed the stunt as 'not much of a talent'.

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Someone else asked 'what the f**k is wrong with people' and was clearly not a fan of watching people set themselves on fire, no matter how fine they appeared to be after being sprayed with a fire extinguisher.

More were just really curious to know 'how does somebody get to this point', that point being the moment you decide your ticket to stardom is lighting yourself on fire while solving a puzzle.

There were people who thought that the stunt was an incredibly impressive feat of deductive daring they'd like to see more of, but Thomas did leave plenty of viewers thinking they'd rather not watch more people being set on fire.

Viewers were shocked to see a man being lit on fire as he tried to solve the puzzle and many thought once was quite enough. Credit: ITV
Viewers were shocked to see a man being lit on fire as he tried to solve the puzzle and many thought once was quite enough. Credit: ITV
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Others wondered how Thomas was going to step up his act for the next performance, which seems to me like a rather fair question.

Solving a Rubik's Cube while on fire is an impressive feat, but he's going to have to put on a few other performances if he's going to win Britain's Got Talent.

Once you've seen a guy set himself on fire and solve a Rubik's Cube, you've kind of seen all there is in that vein, so unless he wants to just to the same thing over and over again he'll have to come up with something else.

First off, he'd need to figure out if his talent is solving the Rubik's Cube or setting himself on fire, and then adapt the other aspect of the stunt to keep impressing the judges and the audience.

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Thomas did get all four 'yeses' so he's through to the next round, where hopefully he manages not to incinerate himself doing something like tackling a really tricky sudoku.

A spokesperson for Britain's Got Talent said: "Britain’s Got Talent showcases a mix of variety acts to engage audiences. In this case, it was made very clear on screen that this act should not be tried at home and the programme was subject to strict compliance rules."

Topics: Britains Got Talent, ITV, TV and Film

Joe Harker
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