Simon Cowell hits back at Britain's Got Talent fix claims

Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell has defended Britain's Got Talent 2016 against the usual claims of a fix.

Once again the ITV series has come under attack this year for featuring a number of so-called 'professional' acts, some of which have even won other Got Talent series around the world.

But Simon says they're more than welcome to take part and thinks the fewer rules the better.

He explained this week: "The whole thing about whether people have had recording contracts or training or been on shows – you can’t write that sort of thing into the rules.

“The whole point is for anyone who comes on this show, it is because something hasn’t worked out in their life. If you take what people are saying you could apply it to sport or business and it is crazy."

Speaking to the Daily Mirror newspaper ahead of the live shows, Simon continued: “So I am very happy that people have tried before and then want to come on our show because it will get them a better platform.

"I don’t think there is anything wrong with that at all. Sometimes you can get too uptight about these things."

He concluded: “If you apply as few rules as possible you get a better show – I genuinely believe that. And then it is down to the audience.”

Saturday night saw the Britain's Got Talent 2016 semi-finalists confirmed with 45 acts making it through to the live shows.

They will battle it out across the week for 12 spots in next weekend's grand final, with two wild cards being added to the mix.

The latest live semi-final airs this evening at 7:30PM on ITV.

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