Britain’s Got Talent star petrified as contestant almost drowns on stage: ‘Hard to watch’

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Britain’s Got Talent host Ant McPartlin, 44, and his co-star Dec Donnelly, 44, always wait in the wings as the contestants try to impress the judging panel. Viewers of the hit ITV programme often get to see how the likes of Simon Cowell, 60, Amanda Holden, 49, Alesha Dixon, 41, and David Walliams, 48, react to the act’s death-defying stunts. However, this weekend’s episode will see Ant and Dec cower away from watching one wannabe champion as they try to break a record set by daredevil magician, Houdini, and risk their own life in the process.

Over the years, dangerous acts have provided some of the most memorable moments on the show and leave viewers on the edge of their seats.

Especially as live shows add extra risk as there is no room for error and the acts always tend to get out of their predicament by the end of their time on stage.

However, Saturday’s episode will see the judges witness one of the most heart-stopping routines they’ve ever seen.

With a record to set and time ticking away, it seems the contestant could very well drown on stage, leaving host Ant absolutely petrified.


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Christian Wedoy will take to the stage in the upcoming episode, hoping to emulate Houdini’s iconic and death defying act.

The escape artist explains to the judges he will be padlocked inside a crate full of water, with the keys to free him in their hands.

Adding further danger to his act, the contestant says: “Houdini’s record was three minutes 30 seconds and at that time, there is a possibility of dying.”

Joined on stage by his assistant, Hans, the daredevil then enters the box and as the time ticks away, Ant watches in despair, wondering if the contestant will drown.

This is danger time

Ant McPartlin

“If we go over four minutes, we’re in a very bad place,” the escape artist’s assistant tells the audience.

From the wings, Ant tells the camera as he watches the action unfold: “This is danger time now. It’s hard to watch.”

Viewers will have to wait and see whether Christian makes it out of the box of water alive and if he breaks Houdini’s record.

This is the 14th year the Geordie presenter and his co-star have been hosting the talent show and it seems he believes there is still room for more.

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Asked about the future of the broadcaster’s hit reality contest, Dec said: “It could do [20 years].

“I’m A Celebrity is just about to do it, we’ll be 20 this November, which is incredible,” the presenter added.

“So, if I’m A Celebrity can do it, then there’s no reason why Britain’s Got Talent can’t,” he commented, to which Ant responded: “It’s a hell of an achievement!”

For this year’s series, the hosts have also been presenting a spin-off for ITVHub so viewers can see more from the auditions.


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This weekend’s episode will be the seventh audition show of the series, as the live shows are currently postponed due to the coronavirus crisis.

With all the judges and the hosts having pressed chosen their Golden Buzzer acts, viewers will be able to enjoy performances from acts who could risk losing out on a coveted place in finals week.

As more audition shows are set to air for some weeks yet, next week will see a slight change to the ITV schedule.

The programme will start at 7pm instead before Alan Carr’s, 43, new game show debuts.

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

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