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


Well, that didn’t take long.


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 “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.”


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.”