Britain’s Got Talent hit by more controversy after furious fans complain to Ofcom about lack of social distancing


BRITAIN’S Got Talent viewers are mad again and have taken their complaints to Ofcom, this time over social distancing.

The media regulator received multiple complaints about a segment on Saturday’s semi-final that had the judges and host Ant McPartlin touching fingers.

Ofcom has received even more complaints about Britain’s Got Talent this week

Magician Kevin Quantum invited host Ant and judges Alesha Dixon, Ashley Banjo, David Walliams and Amanda Holden up on stage to help him with his act.

Kevin was trying to get them to break a glass by conducting electricity through human contact.

They had to touch fingers in the hopes of pulsing electrical current through the group to shatter the glass.

Even though Kevin asked them to sanitise their hands before touching his electrical orb and each other, viewers still questioned if they’d broken social distancing guidelines.

The latest complaints were about a perceived lack of social distancing

Ant McPartlin and the judges were asked to touch fingers during a magic act

The purposed was to try and conduct enough electricity between them to shatter a glass

One Twitter user wrote, “ummmmm social distancing?? lmfao” while another added “so much for social distancing”.

Some fans even joked that the segment would trigger complaints with one writing, “brace yourself @Ofcom… Complaints regarding social distancing incoming.”

Ofcom confirmed to HOAR Online it had received 19 complaints about the performance.

But BGT producers stood by their safety measures saying they “operate to comprehensive Covid-19 policies and film in compliance with the law including ensuring personal contact on stage is for the shortest time; hands are sanitised; equipment is disinfected; participants are not face to face and the studio is well ventilated.”

They all sanitised their hands before taking part in the performance

“For Kevin’s performance, hand sanitiser was used by him, the judges and Ant; props were disinfected; and any close contact was kept to a minimum,” they told

BGT has undergone a number of changes to make the show Covid friendly including socially distanced judges’ desks and a virtual audience rather than a live studio audience.

Hosts Ant and Declan Donnelly have created a social bubble so they may host closely together.

The talent show has been awash with the controversy this season including, recording a record number of Ofcom complaints for Ashely Banjo’s stirring Black Lives Matter performance.

Ashley Banjo’s Diversity dance troupe opened the semi-finals with a tribute to the Black Lives Matter movement

Saturday’s show also saw people complain to the regulator about Amanda’s ‘nipple flashing’ outfit.

The BGT star was accused of showing too much on the ITV talent show and drew 235 Ofcom complaints.

But the 49-year-old star denied any such nipple flashing in a message on her Instagram today.

She commented alongside a complaint about her frock with a laughing emoji and joked: “Mmmm really?! Who has nipples this close to their cleavage?!.”

Ofcom received 235 complaints for her choice of dress on Saturday night

She continued: “FYI. A boned corset dented the girls all night,” by which she added a couple of fried eggs.

Amanda stepped out in the eye-popping dress with a blue low-cut off the shoulder gown, which had a thigh high split.

Amanda defended her outfit choice, promising there was no chance her ‘girls’ would fall out of the dress

Some viewers thought that the blonde had revealed more than she bargained for due to her hands and microphone’s shadow – combined with unfortunate lighting.

Multiple fans took to social media to express their shock at what they thought they were seeing.

Amanda is no stranger to dividing fans with her Britain’s Got Talent outfits, sparking Ofcom complaints in the past for her racy dresses.

Amanda is no stranger to people complaining about her outfits every year

But she has remained defiant in the face of the backlash, continuing to pose in her provocative outfits on the family show.

Her X-rated dresses may have sparked hundreds of complaints from viewers, but they have gone down a storm with her husband Chris Hughes.

She has said previously about her body: “My t*ts seem to become the show’s biggest talking point every year.

“We’ve had plenty of complaints apparently, but none from home, let me tell you.”