Simon Cowell faces knife thrower at Britain's Got Talent auditions

Britain's Got Talent 2018 - Simon Cowell shocked by crew member's on-air blunder

Simon Cowell reportedly faced a knife thrower at auditions for Britain's Got Talent 2019 in London this week.

Try outs for the new series are currently filming in the capital at the London Palladium.

And Simon apparently found himself on stage to help out with one act.

According to the Daily Star, Simon volunteered to be a part of a knife throwing act performed by Belarusian Andrei Gomonov.

Simon said: "I really want to know what it feels like to have an axe thrown at me."

Onlookers claimed that Simon found himself escaping unharmed "by inches" as his fellow judges watched on in terror.

"OK, so that was the scariest thing ever. I now realise how hard it is!" Simon confessed after the audition.

Meanwhile, it's been revealed four of the five golden buzzers have been given out already.

When pressed, the golden buzzer sends the act on stage straight through to the live shows. Each of the judges - Simon, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and David Walliams - plus hosts Ant and Dec can only use it once.

"I just pressed my golden buzzer. I feel so happy. I feel amazing. It was so good," Alesha said in a backstage video shared on Twitter during filming this week.

Ant and Dec later tweeted: "We hit our @BGT Golden Buzzer today. It’s a real good un. You’ll have to wait to see who it is tho.... #BGT"

Both Simon and Amanda have also used the golden buzzer, leaving only David to press the button.

Britain's Got Talent 2019 will air on ITV later this year, with the show typically launching in April.

Other contestants who have gone before the judges are said to include singer Leanne Mya, who reportedly brought the judges to tears with her audition.

Leanne stunned the theatre when she took to the stage and revealed she'd "survived Grenfell".

Simon is quoted as saying: “You should be very proud. It’s really important what you just did because it’s easy to forget something like that with everything that’s going on in the world.

“For everyone who lost their lives and had all this crap thrown at them, you’ve had the courage to come out here and pay tribute. You did something very special for them and for you.”

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