BGT act had appeared on Cowell's show before
- Bang Showbiz
- 16 April 2012
'Britain's Got Talent' has been accused of favouritism after it was revealed one act, Face Team, already featured on one of Simon Cowell's other shows, 'Black Or Red'
'Britain's Got Talent' has been accused of favouritism after it was revealed one act already featured on one of Simon Cowell's other shows.
Hungarian stunt squad Face Team wowed Simon and his fellow judges - David Walliams, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon - on Saturday night's (14.04.12) show and the music mogul appeared not to recognise them.
However, the group - who mix basketball with acrobatics - have already featured on Simon's show 'Red Or Black', which is hosted by 'BGT' presenters Ant and Dec.
The squad had competed to find out who could do the longest slam-dunk from a trampoline and were recognised on 'BGT' by 'Red Or Black' contestant Jak Ball.
He said: "They were pretty good at it. You don't really see anything else like it, so that's how I recognised them straight away.
"My girlfriend thought it was pretty odd to have Hungarians on the show but when I told her where I'd seen them she flipped her lid. I'm pretty angry too -- I don't think it's right that they've already been on a Simon Cowell show before.
"It would be all right if Simon had come out and said he'd seen them, but he didn't. I feel cheated and I feel very bad for the contestants who did not get through because Face Team did."
Last night, a 'BGT' insider defended the show, saying Cowell had been away when Face Team's part on 'Red Or Black' was filmed.
The source added to The Sun newspaper: "Face Team did appear on 'Red Or Black' but they were a very small part of the show. Simon was in the US at the time and was in no way involved in them being on the show. Face Team were booked by ITV Studios, not Simon's company Syco.
"There's nothing to stop an act that appeared on 'Red Or Black' performing on BGT.
"Simon didn't say anything like 'I have never seen this' like the other judges and in fact said they had to improve."