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Britain's Got Talent 2023 Final: Why did viewers think Bruno Tonioli was booed?

The sound of Bruno's name being chanted in the theatre sounded like booing to some viewers.

Britain's Got Talent judge Bruno Tonioli
Some viewers thought new BGT judge Bruno Tonioli was being booed by the audience in the final. (Getty Images)

Britain's Got Talent viewers thought judge Bruno Tonioli was being booed during the live final - after they mistook fans chanting his name.

The former Strictly Come Dancing judge made his debut on the ITV show this year and has had a big impact - getting the Golden Buzzer rules wrong, twice, and swearing on live TV during the semi-finals.

As hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly welcomed viewers to the Hammersmith Apollo for the 2023 grand final on Sunday 4 June at 7.30pm it sounded like there was booing from the crowd, alongside cheers, when the 67-year-old Italian TV star was being introduced.

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TV viewers at home noticed, commenting on Twitter.

One tweeted : "Have I missed something? Everyone booing Bruno on BGT"

Another questioned: "Is it my hearing or does it sound like the audience keep booing bruno on bgt tonight? #BritainsGotTalent"

One viewer asked: "Why are the audience booing Bruno? Is he just not liked? #BGT"

Another wrote: "Has Bruno done something wrong that I don’t know about?? Why does the crowd keep booing him??? #BGT #BritainsGotTalent #BGT2023"

And another shared: "Is it just me or are the audience booing bruno tonight? #bgt"

Bruno Tonioli has joined Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and Simon Cowell on the BGT judging panel. (Getty Images)
Bruno Tonioli has joined Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and Simon Cowell on the BGT judging panel. (Getty Images)

Many viewers were surprised to hear booing at the start of the light entertainment show.

One tweeted: "So much booing? Am I hearing right?! #BGT"

And another said: "Why are the audience booing #BGT."

But a spokesperson for Thames TV said people in the theatre were chanting "Bruno", which may have been mistaken for the sound of boos.

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BGT stars Ant & Dec, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden, Simon Cowell, Bruno Tonioli. (ITV)

There were a few heckles from the crowd during the evening, with head judge Simon Cowell also booed when he told 11-year-old Olivia Lynes that she sounded nervous at the start of her performance of Let It Go from Frozen.

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The grand final sees 11 acts battle it out to win a £250,000 cash prize and a spot at this year’s Royal Variety Performance.

Watch: Bruno Tonioli does not know the rules to BGT admits fellow judge Alesha Dixon