BGT sparks over 400 Ofcom complaints over foul fire act

Britain’s Got Talent act sets himself ablaze on stage

Britain’s Got Talent has sparked over 400 Ofcom complaints after one controversial act took to the stage on Saturday night.

Thomas Vu, from Los Angeles, performed a rather dangerous stunt with a Rubix Cube.

Simon Cowell had initially labelled the Rubix Cube “boring” before Thomas revealed he would be solving the toy while being set on fire.

Both the judges and studio audience were left open-mouthed as Thomas tried to solve the coloured cube.

Despite getting through to the next round and impressing the judging panel, the stunt double’s act left some viewers seething.

It has since been confirmed by TV watchdog, Ofcom that it received 334 complaints after the episode on Saturday (April 15) and a further 66 the following day after the second episode aired on Sunday.

After successfully solving the Rubix Cube, Thomas told the judges he “felt pretty warm” after BGT staff members put the fire out.

Simon asked: “When was the day you decided, ‘Rubix Cube, set my self on fire?'”

“Well, I am actually a professional stunt man,” Thomas replied.

All four judges gave Thomas a “yes”, meaning he was put through to the next round of auditions.

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However, fans were left fuming by the dangerous stunt and many took to social media at the time to share their thoughts.

@JustSomeGirl44 complained: “What possesses you to light yourself on fire while solving a puzzle??? F**k me #BGT.” (sic)

@AmyJoanne__ raged: “I mean kids watch this. How is someone setting themselves on fire a b****y good example.”

@MattZeeMiller tweeted: “I spoke to two ppl at work today saying their kids were scared by #BGT fire stunt man, giving one bad nightmares! Should it have been screened before 9pm? Was it really entertainment? Give other acts that appear on stage time to shine cut out this type of ott act!” (sic)

While @laura_alice24 added: “A massive thank you to @BGT for the first fire-related nightmare for months. I’ve really missed them. They really had no consideration for anyone with fire-related trauma tonight, but according to Twitter, we’re all just being snowflakes / Karen’s. Lovely. #bgt #BritainsGotTalent.” (sic)

@helenjanex shared: “I’m sorry but matey setting himself on fire was foul. That’s not entertainment. Can’t bear these dangerous acts each year.”

Other fans seemed to love the act, with @Danielle92_xo tweeting: “Thomas Vu is crazy! Who comes up with the idea to solve a Rubix cube whilst on fire? nice to see something different though and glad he wasn’t hurt. #BGT.” (sic) has reached out to ITV for comment.

Britain’s Got Talent returns on Saturday at 8pm on ITV.

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