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Anita McSorley & Jasmine Allday

Britain's Got Talent in 'fix' scandal as Ant and Dec give golden buzzer to former runner-up

Britain's Got Talent is in the midst of a 'fix' row after Ant and Dec handed out their golden buzzer on last night's show.

The presenting duo gave their golden buzzer - which sends an act straight through to the semi-finals - to MB14, a talented musician who wowed the judges with his loop pedal performance.

But some viewers criticized the decision, calling it a "fix", after discovering that MB14 - real name Mohamed - was a former runner-up on The Voice France and, at one stage, had a record deal.

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The 28-year-old got off to a humorous start with the four judges - Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon, Bruno Tonioli and Simon Cowell - when they asked how he had got there and he joked he had taken the Eurostar from France.

He then performed his song, made entirely with his voice and the help of a loop pedal, which slowly built up step by step until it resembled a complete track, leaving everyone stunned, Mirror UK reports.

The four judges were impressed when it came together and soon they were dancing along. They then gave Mohamed a standing ovation.

As the act ended, Ant and Dec ran from the side of the stage and down to the judges' table where they pressed the golden buzzer together.

MB14 (Dymond/Thames/REX/Shutterstock)

Bruno said he was "hypnotised" by the performance whilst Alesha said no one like him had ever been on the show.

MB14 appeared on The Voice in France in 2016 after being asked by producers to go on the show. He ended up finishing in second place and signed a record deal with Polydor, which he later left. He went on to compete in an All Stars version years later.

He has 35,000 monthly listeners on Spotify and previously was part of the beatboxing group, Berywam.

Some fans of the show took to social media, calling it a '"fix" after finding out about his past success.

"Another well known person auditioning for #bgt," one wrote, as a second added: "Just googled him. He has been on The voice France as a runner up. Obviously scouted #bgt #BritainsGotTalent."

A third shared: "Sooo this golden buzzer MB14 was on the voice and came second #BGT," with a fourth writing: "Just an ordinary lad with 95m views on YouTube #BGT."

This is not the first time that Ant and Dec have hit the golden buzzer for a controversial act. Last year, they pressed the buzzer for magician Keiichi Iwasaki, who had already auditioned for the show in several other countries.


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