Britain's Got Talent bosses deny choir mimed on live show after technical hiccup

St Patrick's Junior Choir.

Last night's first Britain's Got Talent 2017 live show got off to a rather awkward start.

The BGT 2017 semi-finalists were unveiled by the judges on Saturday after thousands applied and hundreds auditioned for the judges all around the UK. The lucky few who received three or more yeses have now been whittled down to the final 35 acts who will be joining the five golden buzzers.

The final 40 now perform in the Britain’s Got Talent live semi- finals this week in the hope of winning the public vote and securing an all-important place in the live grand final and the chance of winning a life changing £250,000 and a coveted spot at the Royal Variety Performance.

The very first act to perform tonight were St. Patrick’s Junior Choir Drumgreenagh but things didn't go quite to plan.

It was the first ever performance of the live shows this year and there was quite the awkward start when music failed to play.

Hosts Ant and Dec had to return to the stage to stall for time before the music - and vocals - then started to play over the Geordie duo.

Eventually, after finally sorting the music out, the performance began again from the start.

However some were left questioning why vocals were heard when the group weren't singing, prompting accusations of miming.

A spokesperson for the show commented: "A technical glitch meant that the wrong song was played at the start of St Patrick’s Junior Choir performance as well as some vocals recorded during a rehearsal from them.

"The choir did not mime and we are very proud of their performance.”

Music teacher Patricia McCaughey, who led the choir, said today no one knew what was going on.

"It happens to the greatest artists in the world – Adele I think, at the Grammys, there was technical hitch there too and she had to stop and start again," she told Radio Ulster. “We managed to regroup, the children, I don’t think they even realised anything in particular was wrong.

“They just knew their little introduction hadn’t been played so they stood there and waited.

“Then they realised the section that was playing wasn’t what they were waiting for.”

The choir didn't make it to the top two in the public vote, which saw singer Kyle Tomlinson and magicians DNA make the semi-final.

The Britain's Got Talent 2017 live shows continue each this week, Monday, May 29 until Friday, June 2.

The semi-finals will air from 7:30PM on ITV with the results at 9:30PM.

The ten finalists chosen by the public will be joined by a wildcard picked by the judges who will then go head to head in the grand finale next SUNDAY night, June 4.

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