Britain’s Got Talent: Ant and Dec’s golden buzzer decision sparks ‘fixed’ complaints from viewers

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TV presenters Ant and Dec were blown away by French musician MB14.

Saturday’s episode of Britain’s Got Talent saw Ant and Dec hit the golden buzzer as a talented musician wowed judges with his performance. Mohamed, who uses the stage name MB14 got off to a good start with judges Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon, Bruno Tonioli and Simon Cowell after joking that he had taken the Eurostar from France when asked how he got to where he is.

The Frenchman stunned judges and audience members as he used a loop pedal to create a mesmerising song made entirely with his voice. Ant and Dec were blown away by the performance and proceeded to run onto the stage before pressing the golden buzzer.

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However, viewers at home criticised the decision and said the show is ‘fixed’. It comes after it was reported that MB14 is already well-known in the music industry and appeared on The Voice in France in 2016.

Britain’s Got Talent presenters Ant and Dec. Britain’s Got Talent presenters Ant and Dec.
Britain’s Got Talent presenters Ant and Dec. | Getty Images

He finished in second place and signed a record deal with Polydor, which he later left. The 28-year-old also competed in an All-Stars version of the hit show. He was previously part of the beatboxing group, Berywam, and has 35,000 monthly listeners on Spotify. The musician also has over 850,000 subscribers on YouTube.

People have taken to social media to share their thoughts after the news was revealed. "Another well-known person auditioning for #bgt," one wrote, as a second added: "Just googled him. He has been on The Voice France as a runner-up. Obviously scouted #bgt #BritainsGotTalent."

A fourth shared: "Sooo this golden buzzer MB14 was on the voice and came second #BGT," while a fifth wrote: "Just an ordinary lad with 95m views on YouTube #BGT." Another added: “No surprise he got a golden buzzer. Why are Ant and Dec not backstage?”

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Someone else penned: “Nice guy, but don’t get the Golden Buzzer..also it’s Britain’s got talent, not France. In the year of King Charles’ coronation, why has a French man who lives in France got the GB and could potentially be performing as the winning act? This show is so fixed."

Ant and Dec divided viewers’ opinions last year after they hit the buzzer for magician Keiichi Iwasaki, who had already auditioned for the show in several other countries.

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