Britain's Got Talent's Amanda Holden stops final to fire defiant reply to ITV critics

Britain's Got Talent's Amanda Holden
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Amanda Holden called a brief pause to Sunday's Britain's Got Talent final, to fire a defiant response to critics who have accused the show of having 'too many foreign' acts on. And her comments were backed up by Ant and Dec, as the hosts took the same stance just moments later.

Over the years, performers from all the world have appeared on BGT with Hungarian shadow dance troupe Attraction even winning in 2013. However, despite the calibre of the overseas acts and their good track record on the ITV programme, there has often been a backlash from people annoyed that there isn't more homegrown talent on stage.

There has been a lot of negativity over the course of this week, as the likes of Ssaulabi Performance Troupe, Haribow and Cyberagent Legit have appeared in the semi finals with some critics declaring the show 'shouldn't be called' Britain's Got Talent anymore. And clearly fed up with what she's heard, ITV judge Amanda seized the opportunity to take a stand, as she gave her feedback to Abigail and Afronitaaa, the young dance duo from Ghana, who topped the public vote in Thursday night's fourth heat.

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After they performed third in the Britain's Got Talent final, Amanda told them: "Thank you so much for coming all this way. This is a global show and we welcome everybody on it." After all of the judges had their say, Ant and Dec took got right behind Abigail and Afronitaaa, with Ant commenting: "Can I just say from everyone here at Britain's Got Talent, thank you for coming on our show and auditioning for us. We've loved it."

Simon Cowell also made reference to the final having acts in from across the globe as he said the contestants were competing with 'the best of the best in the world.'