BRITAIN’S Got Talent viewers were outraged last night after Simon Cowell made a comment about “homegrown” talent amid a fix row.
The show’s return at the weekend featured American professional singer Loren Allred receiving the first golden buzzer of the series, sending her straight through to the final.
Simon Cowell commented on BGT’s homegrown talent last nightCredit: ITV
Many viewers thought it defeated the purpose of the show: finding hidden talent and giving it a huge platform to shine.
However, in the second audition show, head judge Simon seemed oblivious to the international contingent on the show, telling his fellow panellists: “I love that the acts are homegrown and they did something special for this show.”
One fan wrote on Twitter: “What was that about homegrown acts Simon?”
Another posted: “‘The acts are homegrown’- Simon Cowell Yesterday’s golden buzzer…?”
Singer Loren is the voice behind the anthem Never Enough from global hit movie The Greatest Showman.
However, she didn’t feature in the film, with actress Rebecca Ferguson miming to the track.
Yet despite spending much of his time in America — and being obsessed with The Greatest Showman — judge Simon Cowell seems oblivious when she walks onstage.
He asks: “Welcome, what’s your name and where are you from?”
When Loren replies she is American he seems surprised, adding: “Is that right? So why Britain’s Got Talent? Tell me a bit about you.”
Loren sang Never Enough but most people may not recognise her face because actress Rebecca Ferguson, playing character Jenny Lind, mimed to her vocals in the hit film of 2017.
Simon bangs on the desk and says: “Oh my God!”
He adds: “So you sang one of the biggest songs of all time. You’ve revealed it wasn’t the actress who sang the song in the movie — it was you singing the song.”
He asks her: “Why didn’t you get that big deal after the song?”
Loren replies: “I was more comfortable singing behind the scenes, but I kinda feel like the song was meant for me and now I’m ready to put a face to the song.”
Loren with Greatest Showman star Hugh Jackman
Loren received the first golden buzzer of this year’s BGT