Britain's Got Talent fake? Show branded "contrived and manipulative" but bosses hit back

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Britain's Got Talent bosses have hit back at claims the show is fake'.

The ITV series has been branded "contrived and manipulative" in a new documentary that features serial prankster Simon Brodkin.


However BGT has hit back at the claims, which air on Britain’s Greatest Hoaxer on Channel 4 tonight at 10PM.

On the show, joker Simon goes 'undercover' at Britain's Got Talent auditions as a Jewish rapper named Steven Goldblatt, the Daily Mirror newspaper reports.

He accuses the ITV series of faking scenes, coaching the acts in what to say and even claims producers tell contestants what to do during their audition.

Simon, as Steven, eventually got to perform for the judges and was put through to the next stage of the competition before being found out.

A spokesperson for Britain's Got Talent hit back at the claims made with a strong statement.

“It is not unusual for Britain’s Got Talent to work with acts to ensure their performances are suitable for family viewing," they explained. “On this occasion Simon Brodkin ­auditioned with a rap containing material we were concerned may cause offence.

“We subsequently found out that Simon Brodkin is a ‘comedian’ and hoaxer who promotes his act by deceiving people. It is untrue to suggest that Britain’s Got Talent manipulated Simon’s act."


Meanwhile, a BGT source added to the newspaper: “It’s ironic he thought it was funny to manipulate a full live theatre audience by making false claims about who he was and yet is trying to accuse Britain’s Got Talent of being manipulative.

“This guy is just desperate for fame – and is hoping to get it by being a professional fraud and con artist.”

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