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Britain's Got Talent has come under fire yet again with viewers convinced the golden buzzer acts are 'fixed'.
The latest act to get cascaded with golden confetti and whizzed through to the live semi-final shows may have been a magician, but viewers refused to have the wool pulled over their eyes.
Street magician Keiichi Iwasaki wowed the judges and the audience, but it didn't take long for his past history with the show to unravel.
It was quickly revealed that Iwasaki has previously appeared on four other versions of the ITV talent show.
In 2016, the magician auditioned for Italy's version, in 2019 he appeared on Spain's and in 2021, Bulgaria's.
He also auditioned from Germany's Das Supertalent last year.
As well as auditioning for multiple other versions of BGT, Iwasaki has even received the golden buzzer before, while on Bulgaria's version of the show.
The magician also performed the same ring trick he demonstrated on stage with Alesha Dixon in the semi finals of Italia's Got Talent.
Despite beloved presenters Ant and Dec awarding Iwasaki the golden buzzer, viewers were outraged once they realised the magician and show's history.
and someone who has appeared on 3 other global versions of BGT…….. 🤔— Drew 🏏 (@CricketDrew) May 7, 2022
Flocking to the show's official YouTube channel, one user pointed out how easy it was to find out the magician had taken part in other versions of the show before.
"Oh come on. A quick youtube search this guys done european Got Talent shows for years. No one knew him or what he was going to do? FIX FIX FIX," they said.
Another wrote: "I am having deja vu. Last year, Iwasaki participated in my country Got Talent (Bulgaria Got Talent). He performed the same or similar tricks..."
Another fix - he has already been on 4 talent shows.— BGT & Fixfactor (@FixFactor11) May 7, 2022
Other viewers flew to Twitter, with one calling it a 'shame' the magician had already been on 'five other countries bgt'.
"It’s all fake, they’ve all pre-agreed their golden buzzer acts beforehand. It’s all manipulated for the sake of television," another user stated.
A final resolved: "My family and I have watched the show every year but have stopped this year as my kids who are now 15 and 12 have seen the golden buzzer acts on You Tube and elsewhere; they no longer buy into the shocked contestant ‘can’t believe I’ve won the buzzer’ nonsense it’s farcical!"
However, others noted how it's 'not against the rules to audition for different shows'.
Why can’t it be genuine UK acts looking for a break guys, not people already established on the BGT circuit in other countries or on the pro-circuit of their craft already? What you are selling to the public is a fabrication of the truth; yes it’s entertaining but very fake!☹️— Mrs D (@sonia_doherty) May 8, 2022
"A lot of the contestants have been on other shows tbf. Most of them are not new acts," one pointed out.
A spokesperson for Britain's Got Talent told LADbible: "As with many other entertainers who are hoping for success in the industry, Keiichi, a street performer, had previously auditioned on television shows in the past. There are no rules that state this should prevent him from applying. All acts audition on the same basis and normal programme rules apply.
"These claims unnecessarily encourage negative trolling against our contestants and 'fix' claims are completely untrue. We have always been very open about who can apply for BGT. We look forward to our viewers tuning in to show their support to Keiichi."
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