ITV Britain's Got Talent viewers issue 'uneasy' complaints within minutes of new series starting

The first act on BGT
The first act on BGT used AI to turn themselves into the judges -Credit:ITV

Britain's Got Talent returned for the start of a new series on Saturday night - but viewers were left unimpressed just minutes into the show. The first act featured on the 17th series was a bizarre audition which saw AI take centre stage.

Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and Bruno Tonioli watch on stunned as singing group RASK AI used technology to make their famous faces sing The Greatest Showman. Hosts Ant and Dec were left in stitches at the side of the stage as Simon was transformed into the role of the ringmaster P. T. Barnum, played by Hugh Jackman in the film.

The performers told the judges: "We are mainly here because of the huge misconcept that AI is some sort of alien robot that will steal your job and stuff like that." Amanda remarked: "Well it just did!"

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Fans took to X, formerly Twitter, to comment. "This was literally on the Americans got talent #BritainsGotTalent # BGT," one viewer complained. A second echoed: "Wasn’t this exact same act on america’s got talent???"

"Deepfakes make me so uneasy," a third fan moaned. Another commented: "This is such a novelty act. What are you meant to do after this?"

"Didnt realise this was Britains Got Technology," another viewer hit out, while a sixth said: "This isn't talent it's just standing Infront of a camera miming. What a load of shit."

Another fan added: "That's hardly talent.... its a bit of miming with some sort of AI camera stuff...."

Britain's Got Talent is back for another show tomorrow night. It airs on ITV1 at the slightly later time on 7.40pm. Viewers can also catch the episode on ITVX.