ITV bosses were left furious earlier this week when the winner of Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions was leaked online, ruining the end of the spin-off show before it’s even carved out an official air date.
The mini-series - which kicked off production filming at London’s Wembley Arena on 24 July - recorded its final on Tuesday but the victorious act was so thrilled to have come in first, they showed off their new trophy to the general public.
Later, avid BGT fans managed to get a hold of the photographs and quickly began circulating them on social media - potentially spoiling the whole series for other expectant viewers. They have since been deleted, but that hasn’t stopped from Twitter users discussing the winners online.
“Ok. BGT champions results are interesting,” one noted, before saying they were. “really surprised that an act that didn’t win before won this time.
“In fact, the top 2 were both not winners,” they added. “But hey, at least a golden buzzer act finally won BGT.”
“Awkward how BGT champions winner has been leaked, proves you should never pre record,” another said.
Talking to the Daily Star Online, an insider revealed that “producers of the show are raging.
"They have worked so hard to make the show a success only for pictures to leak out of the act holding the trophy,” they continued.
"It really is disaster but it looks as through they have managed to contain the damage. It would ruin it for everyone if the winner was public knowledge before even the first semi-final has aired on TV."
Over the last few weeks, it has been revealed that fan favourite acts such as Stavros Flatley, Twist and Pulse, George Sampson, Collabro, Boogie Storm, Connie Talbot, Paul Potts and last year’s winner Colin Thackery would be competing against one another to be named the ultimate BGT winner.
Susan Boyle is also confirmed for the show, although she may have been forced to pull out due to scheduling conflicts.
Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly will present, while existing BGT judges Amanda Holden, David Walliams, Alesha Dixon and Simon Cowell will be offering up their verdicts on the returning acts’ new performances.