Britain’s Got Talent was dramatically pulled off air during tonight’s first live semi-final owing to a technical error.
A message saying: “We’re sorry for the disruption – We’re working hard to fix the issue and will return to normal programming soon” was displayed on the screen.
For those of you experiencing technical difficulties. We are sorry for the disruption in the schedule. The #BGT Semi-Final will return shortly!
— BGT (@BGT) May 28, 2018
Meanwhile a continuity announcer said: “Well apologies but we do appear to be having some issues bringing you the live semi-final of Britain’s Got Talent. We’re working on them and we hope to return to the studio as soon as possible.”
The transmission failed just after the first act of the night, Cali Swing, had performed live at the Hammersmith Apollo.
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Auditions highlights from the series were then broadcast while ITV continually apologised for the disruption in broadcast.
When the live show finally did resume, presenter Declan Donnelly apologised for the disruption and explained that it was due to the stormy weather conditions.
Simon Cowell, meanwhile, joked while alluding to Ant McPartlin’s absence: “Ant, you are coming back next year – you don’t have to do that,” he said.
Britain’s Got Talent continues live all week on ITV