Britain’s Got Talent’s latest episode saw Italian truant Andrew Basso leave Simon Cowell gasping as he performed Harry Houdini’s China Water Torture Cell stunt
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Britain’s Got Talent viewers weren’t too impressed with the final act that appeared on the latest episode of the ITV show.
The second round of auditions saw many impressive dance groups, singers, and even an artist showcase their talents against Simon Cowell – but it seemed the most dramatic was saved for the very end.
When Andrew Basso stepped onto the stage, a giant glass box was seen behind him – and Simon knew exactly what his move would look like.
The Italian immediately mentioned Hungarian-American escape artist Harry Houdini and explained the background to the underwater acrobatics, known as the Chinese Water Torture Cell, before inviting Amanda Holden up. stage to handcuff him.
Andrew makes it clear that after the two minute mark, the stunt gets very dangerous as he holds his breath underwater.
But when the clock ticked and Andrew caught the handcuffs with pins, even hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly began to worry.
“I don’t like it!” Dec commented, before adding: “He’s out of music!”
The judges also looked alarmed when Alesha Dixon asked, “Is this part of the performance?” and David Walliams replied, “I don’t know…”
When the clock ticked three minutes, Andrew emerged from the water as he gasped and everyone breathed a sigh of relief.
However, viewers did not believe the stunt was as dangerous as the BGT came up with and took to Twitter to comment.
One person posted: “If that wasn’t staged, the crew would rush him out… shame how this show is so fake #bgt #BritainsGotTalent.”
Another tweeted: “How many times have these acts taken seriously. Predictably this wouldn’t have been shown if he ended up dying from being stuck in a water tank! #BGT. “
Another said: “I don’t believe for a second that these escape houses are in any danger so it really doesn’t do it for me #bgt.”
And the fourth added: “He knows pretty well how long he can hold his breath because things like that take a lot of practice. Pausing the music is only for the #bgt #brotherincest.”
Another said: “Almost fixed as much as last week. This will definitely be our last year dealing with this crap. #BGT.”
Another posted a close-up screenshot of the box as Andrew stood out of it and pointed out: “But the padlock is not open!!! #BGT.”
Britain’s Got Talent continues at 8pm next Saturday on ITV and ITV Hub.
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