Technical glitch sparks miming accusations for Irish choir on Britain's Got Talent live semi-final
An Irish choir were hit by accusations of miming on Monday night's first live semi-final of Britain's Got Talent.
St Patrick's Junior Choir from Drumgreenagh in County Down were the first act on stage but Ant and Dec stopped their performance after the first few bars of Katy Perry's Roar began.
Dec explained, "Gonna just stop it there - we've just had a few technical issues" and added the problem was "a bit of a sound issue - they couldn't hear the track."
The children were unperturbed, however, and continued to give an impressive performance.
Viewers were quick to assume the children were miming to the track.
So it turns out the choir on bgt actually miming . On a live show as well tutt tutt . Disgraceful to narrow it down .— christine (@christine230378) May 29, 2017
#bgt when are you going to stop trying to slide miming acts past us? Embarrassing— paul (@bouffant100) May 29, 2017
them kids were clearly miming or they have help with backing tracks. is that even aloud? i do t think so #BGT— bec/ia (@eversinceag) May 29, 2017
However, a spokesperson for Britain's Got Talent told Huffington Post that the children were not miming, but that the wrong song was initially played.
“A technical glitch meant that the wrong song was played at the start of St Patrick’s Junior Choir performance as well as some vocals recorded during a rehearsal from them," they said. "The choir did not mime and we are very proud of their performance.”