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Britain's Got Talent escapologist nearly drowns on stage

Britain’s Got Talent Manchester auditions descend in horror after escapologist nearly drowns on stage leaving Simon Cowell ‘shaken’

Simon Cowell had to halt filming for Britain’s Got Talent after a escapologist nearly drowned on stage as his stunt went horribly wrong. 

The judges- Simon, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams- were at auditions at The Lowry in Manchester last week when they were each given a key.

But soon after the escapologist submerged himself in water, things descended in chaos after David was not asked for his key before the assistant returned to the stage. 

Horror: Simon Cowell had to halt filming for Britain’s Got Talent after a escapologist nearly drowned on stage after a stunt went horribly wrong

Once it became clear David’s key was still on the table, the illusionist, who was handcuffed, was left distressed as he realised he wouldn’t be able to escape- but the audience thought it was all part of the act. 

A source told The Metro: ‘It was horrible. David looked absolutely mortified as Simon started trying to signal producers to stop production and a medic was called in.

‘It looked like it was part of the act to begin with, but it soon dawned on everyone that it wasn’t.

Oh dear: The judges- Simon, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams- were at auditions in Manchester when they were each given a key at the start of the act

‘That this was a real problem that threatened their safety, thankfully they were able to correct themselves but there was a real moment where we thought it could end in disaster and it was clear everyone was beginning to panic.’

MailOnline has contacted Britain’s Got Talent for comment. 

Never one to shy away from making an entrance, Simon arrived on the red carpet for the Manchester auditions in a classic car-boat emblazoned with the Union Jack.

Simon and David were spotted arriving on the vehicle which emerged from the river before driving up to the entrance for the venue where the auditions would be taking place. 

Elsewhere, the music mogul reportedly decided the X Factor won’t return for another series in 2020. 

Insiders at ITV have revealed Simon has made the decision to ‘rest’ the talent series for 12 months, meaning its usual competition won’t return to screens until 2021. 

The X Factor is contracted for one more series, but head boss Simon feels it’s the ‘right time’ to put the show on a one-year break, so future series can benefit.  

Britain’s Got Talent airs later this year on ITV. 

BGT: Simon, Amanda, Stephen Mulhern, David, Alesha, Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly at the Manchester auditions at The Lowry last week

 

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