Britain’s Got Talent judges help struggling act after ‘power failure’

It is series 13, after all...

Britain's Got Talent Russell T Bird (©Syco/Thames/ITV)

Britain’s Got Talent’s unlucky-for-some 13th series was hit with a spooky spell of bad luck during the auditions, with two ‘power outages’ apparently playing havoc during Saturday night’s show.

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The first of the blackouts came during the show’s intro as Ant McPartlin told his BGT co-host Declan Donnelley how much he was looking forward to the 13th series of the show – before ‘tripping’ on a rogue wire and plunging the studio into darkness.

But while McPartlin’s ‘accident’ was actually part of an opening skit, first act Russell T Bird faced genuine technical difficulties on stage.

The 71-year-old’s otherwise energetic performance faltered when the speaker for his keytar failed to work.

BGT power failure (©Syco/Thames/ITV)

Seeing him struggle, Ant and Dec raced onto the stage to help figure out what was wrong with the appliance – but to no avail.

The duo were then joined by judges Simon Cowell and David Walliams to assess what was going on – while Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon kept spirits up by dancing on stage with Russell to a backing track.

After extensive fiddling by a sound technician, the keytar was back in action – much to the joy of the judges and the audience.

It’s not the first time Britain’s Got Talent has been hit with technical issues.

In the 2017 live semi-finals, the wrong backing track was played for St Patricks Choir.

And the following night, singer Destiny Chukunyere’s performance was delayed due to another technical hitch.

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Britain’s Got Talent continues Saturdays at 8pm on ITV