Britain's Got Talent sword swallower Alex Magala 'to pre record semi-final performance'


Britain's Got Talent 2016 sword swallower Alexandr Magala will NOT perform live in tonight's semi-final.

Show bosses fear his act will be too dangerous to put out as it happens just in case anything goes wrong in front of millions of viewers.

Speaking after his audition aired earlier this year, Alexandr promised a "crazy trick" for the live shows.

"My audition was a warm-up. I have up my sleeve a really crazy trick that even I'm not sure I'll be able to pull off," he said.

Now The Sun newspaper reports that producers have decided Alex's new trick is too dangerous to air live.

“They (the bosses) have a point, so I couldn’t really refuse," Alex told the tabloid. “The whole act is so dangerous, there is no safety button on it.

“And, although I reassured them that I would be in control all the time, I have never done this stunt before. “It could be a revolution in the world of sword-swallowing.

“But if even the slightest little thing — a wrong angle, a glitch in the music — goes wrong, it will break my concentration and it could be a massive disaster.”

Alex went on to reveal: “Performing in the past, I have cut my oesophagus, which was horrible.

“But with this one there are no minor injuries. It either goes right or it goes very, very badly wrong.”

The 26-year-old, who is originally from Moldova, previously admitted he is always nervous about things not going to plan when performing.

"It's always terrifying," he said. "Every time is like the first time and you have to count it for a split second - especially when I dive down - you have to be focused and keep your mind clear of all the doubts and fear... it's always scary."

A spokesperson for BGT confirmed: "Alexandr Magala's performance on the live show will be pre-recorded as a safety precaution. Alexandr will still perform in front of a live studio audience and the judges."

Britain's Got Talent 2016 continues tonight from 7:30PM on ITV.

Alongside Alex, other acts fighting for a place in the live shows are dancers Another Kind of Blue, singers Garnett Family and musician Vitaly Voronko.

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