BGT ‘edited out’ Dizzee Rascal track from audition after rapper’s assault


Dizzee Rascal’s music has been edited out of Britain’s Got Talent (Picture: ITV)

Britain’s Got Talent has banned Dizzee Rascal’s music from broadcasting on the show after he assaulted his ex-fiancée last year, reports have claimed.

The 37-year-old rapper, whose real name is Dylan Mills, was handed a 12-month restraining order and curfew and has to wear an electronic tag after being found guilty of attacking Cassandra Jones, with a judge concluding he had been ‘abusive and aggressive’.

He was also ordered to pay £2,190 in costs and a £95 surcharge.

Television insiders have said that Simon Cowell’s ITV show edited out Rascal’s song Bonkers from Saturday’s episode after it had been used as the soundtrack for the Scooter Boys’ audition.

Instead, viewers actually heard music by Tinie Tempah and LMFAO.

‘The decision was taken to dub different music over the top and that’s a policy which will continue throughout the series,’ a source said.

They added to The Sun: ‘Like other musicians who’ve been proved guilty of wrongdoing, it would be inappropriate to showcase their work on a family entertainment programme.’


Grime artist Dizzee Rascal, real name Dylan Kwabena Mills

Rascal was handed a 12-month restraining order following the ordeal (Picture: PA)


Scooter Boys on BGT

Scooter Boys had used the track Bonkers for their audition (Picture: ITV)

Britain’s Got Talent has declined to comment when approached by the publication.

Rascal has avoided prison after attacking his ex-fiancee during a row over child contact and money.

The Dance Wiv Me star was ‘frustrated’ over custody arrangements and the pair had an argument when he dropped off their daughter at the property, Croydon Magistrates’ Court was told.

District judge Polly Gledhill, who sentenced Rascal, described the assault as domestic abuse and told him she would have wanted him to do some work on how he thinks and behaves as he ‘lost his temper and used violence’.

After reading a pre-sentence report recommendation calling for him to be fined, the judge told the musician he had shown ‘no remorse’ and continues ‘to place the blame on Ms Jones – the victim in this case’.

There was no response from Rascal as he sat in the dock.

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

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