Britain's Got Talent fans threaten to 'switch off' as they slam 'terrible' opening act

Amanda Holden didn't know what to make of the act
Amanda Holden didn't know what to make of the act -Credit:(Image: ITV)

Britain's Got Talent fans are threatening to boycott the series over the 'terrible' opening act. Britain's Got Talent fans were quick to express their displeasure after the first act of tonight's show was revealed to be AI-generated.

Viewers took to Twitter to voice their disapproval of the stunt, which featured AI avatars giving the illusion that judges like Simon Cowell were singing, with many calling it "unoriginal". "The first 'talent' to be displayed to the world this year is AI-generated. I'm already so done with this show #BGT," one viewer vented.

"Where was the talent in that? If this is the way is going then I'm off...... #BGT," another added. "How can a SnapChat filter be an act? ! " questioned a third. "That's hardly talent... it's a bit of miming with some sort of AI camera stuff.... #britainsgottalent #bgt," a fourth disappointed fan concurred.

Another commented: "What a terrible start. So the talent is actually the technology.", reports the Express. One viewer was even more direct, bluntly stating: "Stop with the AI ******** already! ".

"Sooner this show is cancelled the better," another called out, before labelling it "staged, fixed nonsense". Other fans criticised the use of artificial intelligence over real performers, arguing it made a "mockery" of recent "strikes and negotiations" concerning AI's role in creative industries.

Following the recent actors' strikes in Hollywood, and Coronation Street stars expressing shock at the idea of being replaced by digital doubles, AI has stirred up controversy in the music industry as well. Yesterday, it was revealed that SAG-AFTRA is negotiating a deal to safeguard singers amid concerns that unique celebrity voices might be misused for commercial profit.

Amidst these developments, it's unsurprising that some have lost their sense of humour regarding AI avatars being dubbed as "talent". Yet, others had a different complaint about the AI act's lack of originality.

"Simon saying this first #BGT act is original is a joke when there's been the same thing on [the American version] #AGT two years ago. Honestly, BGT needs to be rested as it's so stale," one viewer remarked.

Echoing this sentiment, another said: "Same act that was on America Got Talent which was much better." As the criticism of AI's role on the show mounted, one viewer lamented: "The 'judges filter' thing... The WORST thing I've ever seen on Britain's Got Talent. Absolutely brain-dead, pathetic. #BGT."

So far, accolades for the act are scarce, with only one audience member remaining undecided. "AI singers performing "Greatest Showman" on #BGT? " they questioned, before stating in jest: "This is either the best or worst technological advancement since sliced bread. I'm not sure which yet."