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Britain’s Got Talent chaos as Bruno Tonioli presses his golden buzzer HALFWAY THROUGH a performance

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Britain’s Got Talent’s first live show of the 2023 series descended into chaos on Saturday night as new judge Bruno Tonioli pressed his golden buzzer halfway through an act’s performance.

The former Strictly star, 67, made his debut on the ITV talent show alongside Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon, where he quickly got stuck into enjoying the entertainment on offer.

Bruno replaced former panellist David Walliams, 51, on the panel this series after the comedian made sexual remarks towards contestants last year, for which he apologised before stepping down from the show, with many viewers calling for David to return after Bruno’s hectic antics.

The calamitous Italian got into a spot of bother as he excitedly pressed his golden buzzer for Ugandan dance act Ghetto Kids before they’d were finished their performance.

While it’s customary that the judges or hosts Ant and Dec press the button after the performance, the talented orphans were showered with golden confetti while they danced on stage.

Whoops! Britain's Got Talent's first live show of the 2023 series descended into chaos on Saturday night as new judge Bruno Tonioli pressed his golden buzzer halfway through an act's performance

Whoops! Britain’s Got Talent’s first live show of the 2023 series descended into chaos on Saturday night as new judge Bruno Tonioli pressed his golden buzzer halfway through an act’s performance

All change: Bruno replaced David Walliams, 51, on the panel this series after the comedian made sexual remarks towards contestants last year, but fans wanted David back on Saturday (David pictured earlier this month)

All change: Bruno replaced David Walliams, 51, on the panel this series after the comedian made sexual remarks towards contestants last year, but fans wanted David back on Saturday (David pictured earlier this month)

The group, though delighted with the golden buzzer, ploughed on through the performance and put on a great show – despite hardly being able to see through the confetti. 

The jaw-dropping moment left both the audience and Bruno’s fellow judges in shock, with Simon declaring that this had ‘never happened’ before. 

Watching the scenes unfold at home, viewers were quick to comment on Bruno’s blunder, with many declaring that they loved the chaos he brought to the show. 

‘I’m glad Bruno hit his buzzer when he did that was too funny!!’ commented one person.

‘That was such a great golden buzzer moment. Bruno is proving to be chaos but actually, I quite like it’ remarked another.

A third tweeted: ‘Bruno’s mishaps have brought #BGT back to life randomly pressing buzzers, love him.’

‘It’s what happens when you assume the new judge has watched the show before. Didn’t hire him cos he is a fan, and Bruno has broken all the rules. LOVE IT’ said a fourth.

‘Bruno ain’t got a clue but I absolutely love it’ write a fifth watcher,

What talent: The calamitous Italian got into a spot of bother as he excitedly pressed his golden buzzer for Ugandan dance act Ghetto Kids before they'd were finished their performance

What talent: The calamitous Italian got into a spot of bother as he excitedly pressed his golden buzzer for Ugandan dance act Ghetto Kids before they’d were finished their performance

Excited: The former Strictly star, 67, made his debut on the ITV talent show alongside Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon, where he quickly got stuck into enjoying the entertainment on offer

Excited: The former Strictly star, 67, made his debut on the ITV talent show alongside Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon, where he quickly got stuck into enjoying the entertainment on offer

Pure joy: While it's customary that the judges or hosts Ant and Dec press the button after the performance, the talented orphans were showered with golden confetti while they danced on stage

Pure joy: While it’s customary that the judges or hosts Ant and Dec press the button after the performance, the talented orphans were showered with golden confetti while they danced on stage

Golden moment: The group, though delighted with the golden buzzer, ploughed on through the performance and put on a great show – despite hardly being able to see through the confetti

Oh dear! Bruno got slightly carried away during the Ghetto Kids' performance

Oh dear! Bruno got slightly carried away during the Ghetto Kids’ performance

Making history: The jaw-dropping moment left both the audience and Bruno's fellow judges in shock, with Simon declaring that this had 'never happened' before

Making history: The jaw-dropping moment left both the audience and Bruno’s fellow judges in shock, with Simon declaring that this had ‘never happened’ before

With another adding: ‘I don’t think anyone understands what’s happened tbh. Bruno threw that rulebook out the window.’ 

Following his blunder, head judge Simon was quick to explain that this was not the way things were done, causing an red-faced Bruno to remark: ‘Oh I’m sorry, I got it wrong!’

While Ant McPartlin quipped backstage: ‘Someone didn’t explain the rules of Britain’s Got Talent to him.’

Earlier in the evening, Bruno made a similar mistake when he pressed his red buzzer after telling an act that it was a no from him.

Alesha was quick to remind him that Bruno needn’t press his buzzer when rejecting an act, with Bruno then admitting that he’s never actually watched BGT before.

As the judges and audience laughed at his error, Bruno – who replaced David Walliams on the show – declared: ‘They are going to sack me, I know this!’

Speaking to Digital Spy and other press about his Golden Buzzer blunder, Bruno previously said: ‘I just had to do it. They were absolutely amazing. And then I turn around and go what have I done wrong? I had no idea.

‘I did it in the performance and the whole stage is covered with gold and they keep on dancing. And they were even more amazing. Now I know you have to wait until the end.

Reaction: Watching the scenes unfold at home, viewers were quick to comment on Bruno's blunder, with many declaring that they loved the chaos he brought to the show

Reaction: Watching the scenes unfold at home, viewers were quick to comment on Bruno’s blunder, with many declaring that they loved the chaos he brought to the show

Apology: Following his blunder, head judge Simon was quick to explain that this was not the way things were done, causing an red-faced Bruno to remark: 'Oh I'm sorry, I got it wrong!'

Apology: Following his blunder, head judge Simon was quick to explain that this was not the way things were done, causing an red-faced Bruno to remark: ‘Oh I’m sorry, I got it wrong!’

‘But then I didn’t know that you can only do it once, so I did it again. And we just keep giving them. But you get such a buzz to embrace fully what has been performed in front of you to such a level that the audience goes insane.’

Bruno’s antics left many viewers unimpressed, with some calling for David to return to the show.

Taking to Twitter, one person wrote: ‘David Walliams is missed …. Bruno is ok but can’t see him doing the Walliams v Cowell banter.’

Someone else posted: ‘I’m probably not the only person to tweet this, but please bring back @davidwalliams,’ while another person simply demanded: ‘BRING BACK @davidwalliams.’

Another person added: ‘This feels so flat without David Walliams. Bruno is not a good replacement.’

‘Who’s starting the petition to bring back? #BGT #DavidWalliams,’ asked one viewer.

‘Not watching #BGT because David Walliams is not there. Without him showing off and being a silly bugger there’s no point,’ shared another person.

While someone else wrote: ‘Bring back BGT isn’t any good without him!! Within the first 10 mins Bruno annoyed me!!’

Comeback required? Bruno's antics left many viewers unimpressed, with some calling for David Walliams to return to the show

Comeback required? Bruno’s antics left many viewers unimpressed, with some calling for David Walliams to return to the show

Another person tweeted: ‘Missing seeing the banter between #davidwalliams and #simoncowell this year on #BGT #britainsgottalent.’

Elsewhere in the episode, Cillian O’Connor, 13, completed a series of amazing tricks, including reading Simon’s mind.

The Irish schoolboy admitted that before he turned to magic, he struggled socially due to autism and that it had transformed his confidence.

After he got a standing ovation and later four yeses, he burst into tears and hugged his mother, leaving Amanda and Alesha equally emotional.

Amanda said: ‘You’ve made me and Alesha a mess. You are amazing.

Talented: Britain's Got Talent judges were brought to tears after 13-year-old Cillian O'Connor's magic act on Saturday's show

Talented: Britain’s Got Talent judges were brought to tears after 13-year-old Cillian O’Connor’s magic act on Saturday’s show

Tears: After he got a standing ovation and later four yeses, Cillian burst into tears and left Amanda and Alesha equally emotional

Tears: After he got a standing ovation and later four yeses, Cillian burst into tears and left Amanda and Alesha equally emotional

‘Great showmanship, I’m glad magic has given you so much confidence but above all you are a little superstar.’

Alesha added: ‘I loved everything about it and especially you, it’s clear how much this means to you which makes it extra special.’

And Bruno said: ‘I was totally captivated by what you’re doing which for somebody so young is an incredible quality. You have a fantastic future in front of you.’

Twitter was ablaze with impressed fans after the act, with one person writing: ‘That young magician is very very good and I’ve been to a few Derren Brown shows. Seams like a nice guy as well.’

Another added: ‘That autistic magician dude ruled tbh man’.

A third said: ‘As a person living with autism all my life, I’m immensely proud of your achievement as one of the greatest magicians that I ever seen on BGT so far.’

Elsewhere, a separate person said: ‘Absolutely brilliant, brought a tear to my eye.’

Equally impressed watchers penned: ‘Well done Cillian’ and ‘Well Done.’ 

Amazing: Twitter was ablaze with impressed fans after the act, with one person writing: 'That young magician is very very good and I've been to a few Derren Brown shows

Amazing: Twitter was ablaze with impressed fans after the act, with one person writing: ‘That young magician is very very good and I’ve been to a few Derren Brown shows

Meanwhile, Britain’s Got Talent viewers were left disgusted as the talent show returned to screens on Saturday night.

Judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and Bruno Tonioli, made a comeback to ITV1 for the 2023 series of the show to watch a host of hopefuls audition with the dream of winning a £250,000 prize and the chance to perform at the Royal Variety Performance.

But one of the early auditionees left a lot to be desired in the minds of many viewers.

Mikko Rautiainen took to the stage in a bright pink suit, telling the judging panel he had high hopes of having his own show in Las Vegas.

However, things took a unique turn when he took a recorder and stuck it up his nose to play a number of tunes, prompting many viewers to take to Twitter to expressed their revulsion. 

Divisive: Britain's Got Talent viewers were left disgusted when a hopeful played the recorder through his nose as the talent show returned to screens on Saturday night

Divisive: Britain’s Got Talent viewers were left disgusted when a hopeful played the recorder through his nose as the talent show returned to screens on Saturday night

Entertainment: Judges Simon Cowell (pictured), Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and Bruno Tonioli, made a comeback to ITV1 for the 2023 series to watch a host of hopefuls audition

Entertainment: Judges Simon Cowell (pictured), Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and Bruno Tonioli, made a comeback to ITV1 for the 2023 series to watch a host of hopefuls audition

One person declared: ‘Urgh he’s putting the recorder up his nose that’s disgusting.’

While another person wrote: ‘Putting the recorder up your nose how disgusting!!!’

Another astounded viewer tweeted: ‘Shoved the recorder up his nose for crying out loud.’

‘Okay yeah i’ve seen it all now, playing the recorder with his nose. Aha nah i can’t cope,’ remarked someone else.

One other person posted: ‘How is playing the recorder through your nose a talent?! #BGT.’

Someone else posted: ‘Don’t really think sticking a Recorder up your nose, is talent #BGT #BGT2023.’

While someone else shared: ‘A Finnish man with a beautiful pink jacket playing a recorder that’s shoved up his nose whilst saying he can play a trumpet with his other hole is peak Saturday night telly #BGT.’

Annoyed: Fans were frustrated by 'fake' commentary from the audience as acts perfored on BGT on Saturday

Annoyed: Fans were frustrated by ‘fake’ commentary from the audience as acts perfored on BGT on Saturday

'Encore, encore!' The comments included one man who said 'encore, encore!' as a person dressed as Darth Vader played the keyboard

‘Encore, encore!’ The comments included one man who said ‘encore, encore!’ as a person dressed as Darth Vader played the keyboard 

Britain’s Got Talent fans were left frustrated by ‘fake’ audience commentary during the first audition show on Saturday night.

The talent contest returned for another series hosted by Ant & Dec and judged by Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and the new addition, Bruno Tonioli.

But fans were unimpressed in the first few minutes of the episode as they realised people from the audience were giving their opinions of acts.

In one clip, while a person dressed as Darth Vader played the keyboard, someone was heard saying: ‘Encore, encore!’

And as a man played the recorder through his nose, another member of the audience was seen pulling a face.

Taking to Twitter, one disgruntled viewer wrote: ‘Why do we keep getting random audience members’ opinions.’

Annoying: Taking to Twitter, disgruntled viewers expressed their annoyance at hearing audience members feedback on acts

Annoying: Taking to Twitter, disgruntled viewers expressed their annoyance at hearing audience members feedback on acts

Another added: ‘Irritated by the whole contrived setup of the show now. Stop the stupid ‘candid crowd conversations. Just show us the acts.’

A third said: ‘PLEASE stop with the fake audience commentary, it’s so bad. Ps love Britain’s got talent just hate the cuts to the audience and their fake cringy comments.’

And a separate person penned: ‘I can’t stand hearing the random people in the audience.’

Simon Cowell sparked concern among Britain’s Got Talent viewers over his appearance on Saturday’s launch show of the new series.

The music mogul, 63, is back on the judging panel alongside Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and newcomer Bruno Tonioli. 

However,ReOne viewer commented on their concern on Twitter by saying: ‘Simon is looking thin #BGT.’

While another added ‘What is going on with Simon?’ 

A third viewer said: ‘Watching #BGT2023 who is that next to Amanda Holden? Looks like Simon Cowell.’

Look: Simon Cowell sparked concern among Britain's Got Talent viewers over his appearance on Saturday's launch show of the new series

Look: Simon Cowell sparked concern among Britain’s Got Talent viewers over his appearance on Saturday’s launch show of the new series

A fourth wrote: ‘WTF has Simon Cowell done to his face?’ while a fifth said: ‘Seeing Simon Cowell and his face!’ 

It comes after Simon insisted he has never had a facelift after hosts Ant & Dec made a cheeky quip about his changing appearance during a press event.

Declan Donnelly introduced the judges to the audience and said ‘We have a new face joining the judging panel.’

To which Ant McPartlin joked ‘What? Simon has a new face?’

The music mogul, however, hit back after the Geordie duo both joked about his ‘new face’ during the opening episode.

Speaking to The Mirror Simon laughed off the suggestion that he had gone under the knife, despite his drastically altered features.

‘I think it’s hysterical. I mean, it just makes me laugh. I haven’t had a facelift or anything.’

‘I’ve had a bit of Botox or whatever, but nothing drastic. So when I hear about this stuff, honestly it does make me laugh’. 

Concerned: The music mogul, 63, is back on the judging panel alongside Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and newcomer Bruno Tonioli (Simon pictured in 2018)

Concerned: The music mogul, 63, is back on the judging panel alongside Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and newcomer Bruno Tonioli (Simon pictured in 2018)

Reaction: As the first act took to the stage, viewers seemed to be more distracted by Simon's latest look

Reaction: As the first act took to the stage, viewers seemed to be more distracted by Simon’s latest look

Appearing on Lorraine this week ahead of the talent show’s return fans expressed concern for the star with one writing: ‘He seems to have changed his face which has made him look strange.’

Another added: ‘Simon Cowell looks like a completely different person lately.’

While a third penned: ‘Simon Cowell looks like a hologram,’.

In recent times, Simon has sparked concern with his radically different facial features, looking unrecognisable notably in a Britain’s Got Talent promo.

The record label also boss sparked concern with his ‘unrecognisable’ appearance at the Royal Variety Performance, which was filmed on December 2 and aired on ITV later that month.

Returned: The concern comes after Britain's Got Talent returned on Saturday night and viewers saw a batch of contestants take to the stage in a bid to impress the judges

Returned: The concern comes after Britain’s Got Talent returned on Saturday night and viewers saw a batch of contestants take to the stage in a bid to impress the judges

Distracted: However, as the first act took to the stage, viewers seemed to be more distracted by Simon's latest look

Distracted: However, as the first act took to the stage, viewers seemed to be more distracted by Simon’s latest look

Cracking jokes: Big-time hosts Ant & Dec also poked fun at their co-star's new look at the very beginning of the show

Cracking jokes: Big-time hosts Ant & Dec also poked fun at their co-star’s new look at the very beginning of the show

New judge: Declan Donnelly, 47, at the beginning of the show, introduced the judges to the audience and said 'We have a new face joining the judging panel.'

New judge: Declan Donnelly, 47, at the beginning of the show, introduced the judges to the audience and said ‘We have a new face joining the judging panel.’

Joke: To which Ant McPartlin, 47, joked 'What? Simon has a new face?'. The music mogul, however, hit back after the Geordie duo both joked about his 'new face' during the opening episode

Joke: To which Ant McPartlin, 47, joked ‘What? Simon has a new face?’. The music mogul, however, hit back after the Geordie duo both joked about his ‘new face’ during the opening episode

It comes after head judge Simon revealed he ‘wasn’t involved’ in David Walliams’ decision to leave the Britain’s Got Talent judging panel. 

 Breaking his silence on the comedian’s exit, the TV mogul admitted he’d ‘never condone’ his sexual remarks towards other contestants, for which he apologised before stepping down from the show.

Simon added that despite being an executive producer and judge on the show, talks surrounding David’s exit involved other producers who were more ‘hands-on’,

Speaking to The Sun, he said: ‘I didn’t really get involved in the decision. From what I understand, he decided to take a step back.

‘We did say to the two producers, ”You have to make the final decision”because, yeah, I am an exec producer, but they’re more hands on.’

Simon added that for much of his time on BGT, David was ‘very respectful and emotional’ about other contestants.

But he continued: ‘We had a conversation. But you know, he owned what he said, he wasn’t proud of what he said. This is not something that I would ever condone.’

Britain’s Got Talent returned for its brand new series on Saturday with the first round of auditions.

Breaking his silence: It comes after Simon revealed he 'wasn't involved' in David Walliams ' decision to leave the Britain's Got Talent judging panel

Breaking his silence: Simon Cowell has revealed he ‘wasn’t involved’ in David Walliams’ decision to leave the Britain’s Got Talent judging panel

Gone: Breaking his silence on the comedian's exit, the TV mogul admitted he'd 'never condone' his sexual remarks towards other contestants, for which he apologised (pictured in 2020)

Gone: Breaking his silence on the comedian’s exit, the TV mogul admitted he’d ‘never condone’ his sexual remarks towards other contestants, for which he apologised (pictured in 2020)

Bruno Tonioli has joined the judging panel in David’s place, and will appear alongside Simon, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon on the judging panel.

David decided to leave Britain’s Got Talent after he was forced to apologise for describing an elderly contestant as a ‘c***’ and making vile sexual remarks about a woman taking part.

The comments, made in January 2020 during auditions at the London Palladium, were picked up on the programme’s microphones and revealed in December 2022.

During the audition, an older performer engaged in banter with the judges in which he made a jibe about Walliams. After the audition, the pensioner left, at which point Walliams is said to have called him a ‘c***’ three times.

Another instance occurred after a female contestant auditioning on the same show had walked off stage.

David remarked: ‘She’s like the slightly boring girl you meet in the pub that thinks you want to f*** them, but you don’t… It’s the last thing on your mind, but she’s like, ‘Yep, I bet you do!’ ‘

A source told The Sun: ‘He hasn’t taken the decision lightly, but it just feels like time to move on.

‘David has decided to bow out after a ten-year run. He wants to leave on a high after a wonderful time.

‘His team have quietly been having conversations over the past few days where it has been made clear that David is readying himself to step down – and then producers will start to think about who might replace him.’

‘No I don’t! I had a bit of a b***r, but now it’s going, it’s now shrivelled up inside my body.’

Sources close to BGT had said that David’s return was ‘very much under threat’ and he was ‘under the microscope’, with some senior staff saying that he should be immediately axed.

In a statement to The Guardian, the Little Britain star said: ‘I would like to apologise to the people I made disrespectful comments about during breaks in filming for Britain’s Got Talent in 2020. 

New face: He has been replaced on the judging panel by Bruno Tonioli, with the new series kicking off on Saturday

New face: He has been replaced on the judging panel by Bruno Tonioli, with the new series kicking off on Saturday

‘These were private conversations and – like most conversations with friends – were never intended to be shared. Nevertheless, I am sorry.’

A spokesman for ITV said: ‘We do not condone the language outlined in these allegations and we have spoken to the producers of Britain’s Got Talent.

‘Duty of care towards all participants on any of our programmes is always of paramount importance and we have protocols and guidelines in place for all our production partners.’

Britain’s Got Talent continues Sunday at 7.45pm on ITV and ITVX. 

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