I was in tears for the whole day – I had to own it or I’d crumble, says singer at centre of BGT fake audition row

BRITAIN'S Got Talent singer Nick Edwards revealed his surprise audition on Saturday's show left him in tears all day.

The dad-of-two had less than an hour to compose himself and practice a self-penned track to perform in front of the judges.

It came after his mum and two young daughters surprised him by walking out on stage as he watched on from the audience.

They revealed they had entered him in the competition knowing full well he wouldn't have done it himself.

He managed to keep a handle on his nerves and received four yeses after receiving a standing ovation.

Appearing on today's This Morning, he told Dermot O'Leary and Alison Hammond: "I was in tears the whole day pretty much.

They gave me some time to warm up – about 45mins in total. They gave me my guitar my family brought down on the day, they [producers] said this is the song we want you to sing because we'd seen it on your Instagram."

Revealing how the performance could have gone two very different ways, he said: "If I go out I've got two options here, I either go out and try to own it or I come out and it all crumbles… the whole thing just went so quickly. I do remember playing and in a way my fingers started to get a bit jelly, I remember thinking 'this is going to be a big moment for you'. I don't want to stuff it up."

Some eagle-eyed viewers questioned the sweet moment's authenticity after spotting a microphone on Nick's shirt.

The show has explained the situation though, with a spokesman saying: "We loved welcoming back our BGT viewers back last night after a year away.

"To report or allude to anything being staged or contrived regarding Nick's audition would be false and incorrect.

"He was totally unsuspecting. We did this so we could mic him up without him suspecting a thing."


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Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and David Walliams were enchanted by Savannah and Cali, aged three and four, when they walked on the stage with their nan, leaving Nick stunned.

As his daughters walked on stage, Nick said: "You're joking. That's my mum, you're joking."

His mum then revealed to the audience: "Well, Nick doesn't know anything about it and we're surprising him because we want him to come and sing because he sings a lovely song for the girls."

However, social media users were sceptical of the moment because of the microphone.

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Taking to Twitter, one viewer fumed: "Nearly shed a tear until I remembered how contrived this whole thing was. I won't let this show fool me."

Echoing their comments, someone else said: "When he was sat in the audience, did he not wonder where his mum and kids were? He said they'd come on a day out together? What a joke."

While a third added: "Not staged, apparently. But why did he have a microphone already attached when surprised in the audience? Also luckily had his guitar with him. Make it make sense."

Britain’s Got Talent continues Saturday at 19.35pm on ITV and ITV Hub.

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