BGT hopefuls booted off show
- Bang Showbiz
- 26 May 2010
'Britain's Got Talent' hopefuls Othelio have been kicked off the show for failing to tell the show's producers about their link to the murder of two men in 1992
A 'Britain's Got Talent' act have been kicked off the show for not telling bosses they witnessed a double murder.
Singing duo Othelio - consisting of married couple Deborah and Craig Stephens - were forced to leave the competition after they failed to tell the programme's producers Deborah had watched her ex-boyfriend Michael Maddison beat two men to death with a baseball bat in 1992.
A 'Britain's Got Talent' spokesperson said: "I can confirm that Othelio won't be progressing further on the show. We have a duty of care and felt it was best they didn't continue."
Deborah, 46, played no part in the murders - where Maddison was given a life sentence - but relatives of the 21-year-old victims Allan Cunning and Darren Hall demanded the couple were removed from the show.
The singing hopeful told The Sun newspaper: "It's a closed book. It's something he's done. I am an innocent person."
Othelio performed their own song 'Lift Me' out of tune at their audition - much to Simon Cowell's horror - but gained support from judges Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan and were put through to the next round.
Craig said: "We've got a PR now. I'm sure they'll be in touch later this afternoon."
An insider said: "Bosses felt there was more focus on their past than on their act. This scrutiny wouldn't be beneficial to them."