Britain’s Got Talent faces miming accusations from viewers after St Patrick’s Junior Choir semi-final performance

The ITV talent show faced technical issues in the first performance of the live semi-finals

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Well, that didn’t take long.

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Before the first performance on Britain’s Got Talent had even begun there was a hefty dose of controversy when St Patrick’s Junior Choir had to re-start their performance.

As the backing track for their version of Katy Perry’s Roar started playing, Ant and Dec rushed onto the stage and called a quick end to the song. Then what sounded like a backing track featuring the kids’ vocals could then be heard, leading viewers to quickly accuse the show of miming.

However, a spokesperson for Britain’s Got Talent denied they were miming and told RadioTimes.com: “A technical glitch meant that the wrong song was played at the start of St Patrick’s Junior Choir performance as well as some vocals recorded during a rehearsal from them.

“The choir did not mime and we are very proud of their performance.”

After the song, Ant said “Bit of a sound issue there. They couldn’t hear the track so we let them start again.”

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David Walliams said that the choir’s performance was “fantastic”, while Simon added: “What was making me laugh is that I know the chaos that was going up in the gallery when this was going wrong and you were so calm.”