BGT semi-final dramatically forced off air – and Simon accuses Ant of sabotage

The Britain’s Got Talent semi-final was ruined by technical problems tonight as the first live show was dramatically forced off air.

A selection of 2018 audition highlights were shown as the show was taken off air after just one act had performed for well over 10 minutes.

Dec eventually welcomed back the audience – blaming the weather in London for the technical difficulties.

"All going well so far guys," joked Dec, who is hosting his first BGT live show without best pal Ant McPartlin.

His absence, following his withdrawal from TV commitments after his drink-drive charge, led Simon Cowell to claim Ant sabotaged the show.

"Ant you are coming back next year you didn’t need to do that," said Simon.

The semi-final then got back into full swing, but it remains to be seen whether the show will be cut short.

A special post-watershed episode of Coronation Street is due to air on ITV at 9pm.

Some viewers came up with the theory that Corrie villain Pat Phelan was behind the sabotage.

This probably didn’t help the nerves of Dec, who was quite literally flying solo by hosting the semi-final alone.

He came flying down on a circus ring during Diversity’s Greatest Showman themed opening performance.

After getting onto the ground, he said: "The talent is as good as ever, the judges are the same, and the presenters, probably best not to dwell on that lets get on with the show."

David Walliams took the opportunity to take a sly dig at Dec during the first live show from the Hammersmith Apollo.

He asked: "Are you further away or have you shrunk? Because you look smaller there."

David later added: "As you know a lot more pressure can be a good thing."

Ant has stepped back from all his TV commitments after he was charged with drink-driving earlier this year.

But this is the first time he has actually be absent from this series because all previous episodes have been pre-recorded.

*Britain’s Got Talent airs all this week on ITV at 7.30pm

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