Britain's Got Talent in magician 'fix' row

The ITV talent show has hit out at accusations that 8-year-old Issy Simpson used a 'stolen' routine and was given preferential treatment.

8-year-old magician Issy Simpson wowed the judges and viewers in the latest Britain’s Got Talent auditions, but the show has come under fire with ‘fix’ allegations about the young trickster’s act.

Magician Carl Leek has complained to The Sun that BGT bosses had seen him use the same routine one week before and that they had ripped him off.

Leek said that he believed Simpson was innocent, but said that he felt "sick" after watching the performance.

BGT have not chosen to air Leek’s routine, but the magician claims that he got four yes votes from the judges.

ITV have denied any allegations that it was a copycat performance.


A rep for the show said: "Issy Simpson came to Britain's Got Talent with her own routine and magic performance prepared, which she then duly performed at her audition.

"Any suggestion otherwise would be completely false and defamatory."

Meanwhile, further complaints have been made about preferential treatment for Simpson after it emerged that her coach and granddad has previously worked with Britain’s Got Talent stars.

Russ Stevens, who Issy revealed on the show was her magic inspiration, has connections with previous BGT finalists such as Jamie Raven.

The Mirror newspaper has criticized Simon Cowell’s show for failing to reveal her family connections with the ITV show.

Britain's Got Talent airs on Saturdays (April 29) at 8pm on ITV.

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