Britain’s Got Talent Respond To ‘Fix’ Claims Surrounding Jasmine Elcock

It seems like barely an episode of Britain’s Got Talent can go by this year without a fix claim or twenty popping up from under the woodwork.

Saturday’s episode (which aired on April 30) was no exception, with controversy now surrounding 14-year-old Jasmine Elcock, who stunned the judges, the audience and the viewers (us included) with a gorgeous performance of Cher’s ‘Believe’.

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Her performance was so incredible, in fact, that it moved Ant & Dec to pushing that Golden Buzzer.

Before she took to the stage, she’d said: “I’ve performed in Annie in the West End at about the age of nine or 10, but I really get nervous.

“My dad will always tell me to take three deep breaths. They’re very supportive as parents. If I won Britain’s Got Talent, it would be a dream come true.”

However, not everyone was happy, with some viewers debating whether she should be a contestant on the show because of her West End experience.

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One harsh critic even wrote on Twitter: “Ok you have a golden buzzer that you can press once to send an act through SO WHY WASTE IT @antanddec #@BGT ???? [sic]”.

A spokesperson for the show has now defended Jasmine and her right to audition, telling The Mirror: “Britain’s Got Talent is open to anyone irrespective of their past experience and all acts are auditioned on merit on the day.”

A source added: “The overwhelming response to Jasmine’s performance on BGT has been positive with many people moved by her audition.

“As was mentioned on the show Jasmine has previously performed in a theatre production of Annie. This was back in 2010 at The Bloomsbury Theatre with her drama group, which she attended once a week.

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“She played the part of Annie along with four others and performed three times over a two week period.”

Sadly, that’s not the end to all the ‘fix’ drama, with it being discovered that dancers Peter and Shannon Parker were finalists on ‘Got To Dance’ in 2014.

A BGT spokesman told the Daily Star: “Shannon and Peter’s involvement in Got To Dance was clearly published on our website.”