Britain's Got Talent 2013: Simon Cowell defends 'professional' acts

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Britain's Got Talent 2013 boss Simon Cowell has defended the show over claims many of the acts are professionals.

Once again the auditions have featured many acts that us viewers may have seen before.

Magician Aaron Crow, who shocked the judges, has previously appeared on telly shows across the world, including the BBC series The Magicians.

Impressionist Francine Lewis has a list of telly credits to her name which include shows on ITV, BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Sky.

And singing brothers Richard and Adam Johnson have already released an album, and were originally in talks with Sony Music.

Richard confessed: "Sony said we were good but we would have to get ourselves out there more by going on something like Britain’s Got Talent.”

The CEO Dancers meanwhile have toured alongside the likes of Rita Ora, while The Pop’arrazi Crew have previously appeared on both Holland's Got Talent and So You Think You Can Dance.

In one of his now regular early hours Twitter rants, Simon hit back over the weekend: "We have had some stick regarding so called established stars appearing on bgt this year. We try and have a no rules policy on the show. Everyone who auditions is either looking for a break or a second chance.

"Would it be right to say to someone who has appeared on a show before you can't audition? The reason we always let the public vote is they can decide who they want to win."

He added: "I believe Susan Boyle had appeared on another tv show years ago. Nothing happened. Bgt gave her another go. Is that wrong?"

A spokesperson for the show also responded to the criticisms, commenting: "Anyone can apply for Britain’s Got Talent whether they are professional or amateur, irrespective of past experience and all contestants are auditioned on merit.”

Britain's Got Talent continues next weekend on ITV.

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