Britain's Got Talent Hit With Complaints Over Social Distancing

Britain’s Got Talent Hit With Complaints Over Social Distancing

Britain’s Got Talent has been hit by a number of Ofcom complaints, after the show’s most recent semi-final saw all four judges as well as co-host Ant McPartlin take to the stage as part of a contestant’s act.

On Saturday (September 26), magician Kevin Quantum asked Amanda Holden, Ashley Banjo, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams to assist him during his routine. His aim? To try to get static electricity to pass through all five of them via an orb, so as to shatter a glass jug that Ant was holding.

He requested that they stand in a circle and touch fingers, which prompted criticism on social media as well as 19 Ofcom complaints, according to The Sun.

“Why wasn’t there social distancing in this act? I liked the act, mind,” one Twitter user said during the broadcast, as another wrote: “so much for social distancing.”

Addressing viewer concerns at the time, a BGT spokesperson insisted that the programme adheres to “comprehensive COVID-19 policies” throughout filming, which includes “ensuring personal contact on stage is for the shortest time; hands are sanitised; equipment is disinfected; participants are not face to face and the studio is well ventilated”.

“For Kevin’s performance, hand sanitiser was used by him, the judges and Ant; props were disinfected; and any close contact was kept to a minimum,” they explained to Metro.

Britain’s Got Talent continues on Saturday, October 3 at 8pm on ITV.

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