Ant and Dec's golden buzzer axed Simon Cowell jokes from BGT after bike accident

Ant and Dec’s golden buzzer act Jon Courtenay has told how he had to axe some jokes about Simon Cowell after his bike accident for his Britain’s Got Talent semi-final act.

The pianist not only managed to get a standing ovation from all four judges during his first audition, but hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly gave him their one and only golden buzzer.

Speaking ahead of the fourth semi-final, which airs tonight, the 46-year-old told that he had to cut some jokes about Simon from his act.

Following Simon’s bike accident, the music mogul underwent five hours of surgery and subsequently pulled out from Britain’s Got Talent – leading Ashley Banjo to step in as a judge.

‘That was an interesting rewrite, I mean that there was a bit about Simon in there,’ he began.

‘I sort of mentioned the judges and Ant and Dec, just to sort of put a reference in there, but then Simon had his horrible bike accident so I put something in there about that, not taking the mickey but just referenced it.’

‘And at that point, we didn’t know that Ashley was going to step in so then they announced that,’ he continued.

‘So I went back to the piano and computer and tried to get something in about that, it definitely keeps me on my toes.’

And while comedians are meant to make you laugh (which he did), Jon’s first audition left the judges and the audience reaching for the tissues by the end.

And it looks like his semi-final audition will be no different.

The father-of-two added: ‘When you write anything personal you hope that people are going to relate to it because everybody has their own stories, their own situations and their own experiences – and it really becomes emotive if somebody can relate to it.

‘I think what I’ve done in this song is, I’ve tapped into something that a lot of people can relate to, hopefully not just with emotion but with happiness.

‘This is meant to be a happy song and a happy situation but nostalgia can be can make you emotional so there’s a little bit nostalgia in it.’

Tissues at the ready everyone.

Britain’s Got Talent’s semi-final airs on Saturday at 8pm on ITV.

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