Britain's Got Talent semi-final viewers claim 'fix' in after spotting clues

Britain's Got Talent
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ITV viewers were left seething after Britain's Got Talent's latest episode. The nail-biting semi-final on Friday night, which sets the stage for Sunday's much-anticipated grand finale, had some fans spotting subtle details that led to an uproar. Accusations flew on social media as show enthusiasts expressed their anger towards the judges' decisions, alleging that one act was favoured unfairly.

Comedians Alex Mitchell and magician Trixy secured their spots in the upcoming final, with Mitchell winning over the audience to go straight through, while Trixy was chosen by the judges over blind musicians Denise and Stefan.

The controversy ignited over Trixy's act, which involved a series of calculations using the audience's mobile phone calculators. He began by asking judge Bruno Tonioli for his wake-up time, "8.45am," and instructed viewers to enter 845.

Alesha Dixon was then asked the number of people present, to which she answered 3,000, and this number was added to the calculator. Amanda Holden's bedtime of 1.04am was next, entered as 104, and finally, host Declan Donnelly provided a random six-digit number, reports the Mirror.

After all additions, hitting the equals button revealed the number 315, 823, coincidentally at exactly 8.23pm on May 31, leaving the audience amazed and some crying foul.

But not everyone was convinced, with users on X, formerly known as Twitter, suggesting Dec must have been "in" on the unbelievable act. "Trixy, that wasn't actual magic. its numbers, which dec had an earpiece in for," one user claimed.

While another added: "Trixy, it's not magic when Dec is in on it giving the specific number that's needed to make today's date. Old trick using a specific app to give you the number needed."

Later, when the judges were faced with the tough decision between Trixy and Denise and Stefan, Bruno opted for the latter. Alesha described the choice as a "nightmare", but ultimately sided with Trixy, joining Simon and Amanda in their decision.

Fan theories erupted once more when Alesha mentioned she was picking the magician to "balance" the votes, seemingly making it easier for the others to put him through.

"Alesha said, 'I'm going to balance it out and pick Trixy' and then the last two pick Trixy," another viewer expressed their frustration on X, sharing a gif that read "It was fixed". The final theory of a fix emerged as eagle-eyed fans noticed something peculiar during the magician's live performance.

With most live TV subtitles, there's typically a slight delay since the programme isn't pre-recorded.

A live speech recognition system usually generates the subtitles as the show unfolds, but with pre-recorded shows, the text is pre-loaded. Viewers pointed out that the subtitles for last night's show seemed to appear instantaneously, leading one person to post on X: "I'm 99% sure this act is a fix because the subtitles are preloaded, if it was live they'd be on a delay."