Britain's Got Talent's foreign acts face legal hurdles but CAN compete

Britain's Got Talent sword swallower

Britain's Got Talent bosses have cleared up some legal issues regarding foreign acts on the show.

It's after The Sun newspaper claimed that contestants on this year's series were 'breaking the rules' by auditioning.

The tabloid had suggested that acts including sword swallower Alexandr Magala and members of Alesha Dixon's golden buzzer choir the 100 Voices Of Gospel did not have the right paperwork.

The BGT rules state that acts auditioning for the show must have the right to live and work in the UK. This right is automatic for British citizens, as well as citizens of other EU countries.

However those from outside of the EU, such as Moldovan born Alexandr, would require a visa to work in the UK.

A spokesperson for Britain's Got Talent has since clarified that acts only need permission to reside in the UK to compete in the show, with the ability to work only needed if required.

They explained: "Any act entering the show is required to legally be allowed in the UK and therefore be able to take part in the competition.

"Contestants do not need the ability to work in the UK in order to be featured in the competition. The reason the rules have said this is to ensure that should someone go on to win the show and then undertake work in the UK they will be eligible to do so.

"The rules will be clarified to say that contestants need the ability to work in the UK, should they be required to do so."

Britain's Got Talent continues Saturday night on ITV.

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