Britain’s Got Talent Champions’ Paul Potts claims show is ‘fixed’

He was the first ever winner of Britain's Got Talent in 2007

 Paul Potts

by Marianna Manson |
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Britain’s Got Talent veteran Paul Potts has suggested the new show might be fixed as he was booted off the competition in the first episode.

The opera singer was the first ever winner of BGT way back in 2007 and was of course asked to come back to join the cast for The Champions version this year.

Paul Potts

But he and long-term fans were left disappointed after he failed to get enough votes from the audience, meaning he had to head home after just one episode.

Speaking on BBC Wales, Paul hinted that the show could have been a fix, as the running order meant that he wouldn’t have been able to receive the Golden Buzzer from his mentor Amanda Holden.

He said, "It's a bit awkward if you're last on. Because I think a lot of people might have thought it was fixed if it was left to the end.

"Once I knew the running order was going to be I knew I wasn't going to get a golden buzzer cos they're not going to give it to the last person. They'd have to change the order so they deliberately left it to the end."

He continued, “I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a bit disappointed."

"But Britain's Got Talent has given me the career I have. I was very happy to be back in front of the judges. It was great to be back in the show."

Britain's Got Talent: The Champions continues on ITV.

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Paul Potts

The show's first-ever winner Paul Potts was an opera singer who won over audiences in 2007.

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George Sampson

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Stavros Flatley

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Twist and Pulse

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Jai McDowall

Singer Jai McDowall won the series in 2011, having auditioned for The X Factor in 2010.

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Ashleigh and Sully

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Jack Carroll

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Richard Jones

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Lost Voice Guy

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Colin Thackery

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Ben Hart

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