Britain's Got Talent acts' rude awakening
- Bang Showbiz
- 29 May 2013
'Britain's Got Talent' contestants had to be evacuated from their hotel in the early hours of the morning when the fire alarm accidentally went off
'Britain's Got Talent' acts were given a rude awakening in their hotel.
The contestants - who included 11-year-old singer Arisxandra Libantino, comic Jack Carroll and illusionist Aaron Crow - were roused from their slumber at 7.45am and had to be evacuated from their London hotel when the fire alarm was accidentally set off.
A source told The Sun newspaper: "It was absolute chaos and all the acts were in a daze. A lot of the contestants caught up in it were performing later, so this was terrible preparation."
Fan favourite Jack, 14, who suffers from cerebral palsy, had to be carried down the stairs by his dad as the lifts weren't working. It later emerged the alarm had been set off due to a leak in the swimming pool.
The ITV talent contest - whose winner will get to perform in front of Queen Elizabeth at the Royal Variety Performance and win a cash prize of £250,000 - was thrown into yet more chaos when a member of dance troupe MD Productions injured himself doing a backflip during rehearsals.
An insider revealed: "It was a nasty injury and at one point it looked like there was no way he would be able to perform.
"But replacing a dancer at this late stage would be a real problem and the lad in question decided he wanted to soldier on."