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A Golden Buzzer winner on Britain's Got Talent has faced criticism from viewers who claim he has a bit of an unfair advantage.
You see, the whole point of the show is to give budding performers a platform to showcase their talents.
But it turns out that Axel Blake, who wowed the judges on Sunday (17 April) night, already has his own stand-up show on Amazon Prime.
The comedian impressed judges Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and David Walliams with his jokes, not to mention Simon Cowell who handed him his first Golden Buzzer, which sends acts straight to the semi-finals.
A number of fans of the ITV show took to Twitter to highlight the fact that he’s already got his own show, with some describing the latest round of Britain’s Got Talent as ‘a fix’.
“Apparently that comedian has already got a stand up show on Amazon Prime,” wrote one. “Yet another wasted golden buzzer. It's an absolute fix.”
Another said: “The comedian tonight was ok but he’s had 10 years on circuit, his own Amazon Prime Show & has even appeared at O2!”
Others pointed out the fact that on Saturday night’s episode, Holden handed the Golden Buzzer to New York singer Loren Allred, whose vocals starred on The Greatest Showman.
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“I refuse to believe that the #BGT Golden Buzzers are real and spontaneous,” wrote one viewer.
“Yesterday it was to someone who sang an actual song in Greatest Showman and has been in the music charts in the US. Tonight it's a comedian who has a stand up show on Amazon Prime…”
A second commented: “Golden buzzer given to a professional singer last night and tonight's one given to someone who's already got a stand up show on Amazon Prime.
“Really?? This is supposed to be a show for undiscovered talent not for people who are already established.”
On the other end of the scale, many audience members appreciated the comedian’s performance, with one saying: "I do love a good comedian, Axel was pretty funny to be fair, had me laughing at every one of his jokes #BGT."
The 33-year-old from west London, whose show is titled Axel Blake: I'm Not Gonna Lie, works as a property maintenance manager.
Appearing on today’s episode of Good Morning Britain, he explained a bit about his stand-up side hustle so far.
Speaking to hosts Kate Garraway and Adil Ray, he said: “I’ve been doing it for a good few years, so I’ve been doing a lot of small gigs around the UK and further places I don’t even know how to get to now.
“I’ve done some of the big gigs - I’ve done O2 Indigo - that was a big one.”
Garraway said: “Lots of things to help build up, but nothing that can take you to that big platform, which is I guess why you decided to do Britain’s Got Talent,” to which Blake replied: “There we have it, Kate.”