BGT 2020’s biggest controversies as it becomes most complained-about show
Britain's Got Talent 2020 is the most complained-about show of the decade after angry viewers have rushed to Ofcom to air their concerns.
The ITV talent show has racked up over 28,000 complaints concerning the semi-final programmes in just over a month.
Several moments throughout this year's series have seen viewers log complaints, including 1,900 complaints registered over judge Alesha Dixon 's choice of a necklaces, which had the letters 'BLM,' seemingly in reference to the Black Lives Matter movement.
However the biggest number of complaints, a whopping 24,500, came in response to Diversity's performance on September 5, which was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.
According to The Sun, when all the numbers of Ofcom complaints are combined, BGT comes out on top as the most complained-about show of the year.
Daily Star Online have taken a look back at some of BGT's most controversial moments ahead of tonight's grand final where 10 acts will go head-to-head to for a chance to win £250,0000 and a spot on the Royal Variety Performance.
Diversity's dance routine
Ofcom has already announced they will not investigate the 24,500 complaints made concerning the routine performed by BGT winners Diversity, which divided opinions across the country.
The dance troupe returned to the BGT stage last month as special guests, and they performed a politically-charged routine inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.
Since the routine prompted backlash from some viewers, ITV has "stood with Diversity" as they featured adverts in national newspapers, thought to have cost £260,000, in support of the powerful performance.
The routine, framed as a father retrospectively telling his young son about the events of 2020, included references to the coronavirus outbreak, police brutality against Black people, and the death of George Floyd, which prompted global Black Lives Matter protests.
Ofcom dismissed all of the complaints in an in-depth eight-page ruling and said the dance’s central message "was a call for social cohesion and unit"".
BGT judges Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden have backed Diversity, and troupe leader Ashley was delighted to receive unwavering support from ITV.
Alesha Dixon's necklace
An episode of Britain's Got Talent in which Alesha wore a 'BLM' necklace, seemingly in tribute to the Black Lives Matter movement, led to 1,900 complaints to Ofcom.
The media regulator said most of the complaints were directly related to the 41-year-old judge's choice of jewellery.
Her set of three gold necklaces, which hung at different heights, spelled out the initials 'BLM'.
The Mis-Teeq star's pendants appeared to be an act of solidarity with dance troupe Diversity, who performed a dance routine inspired by the movement on the ITV show earlier in the month.
An Ofcom spokesperson said: "We are assessing these complaints against our broadcasting rules but are yet to decide whether or not to investigate."
Amanda Holden's plunging dress
BGT judge Amanda hit back at viewers after fans claimed they could see her nipples in her plunging dress, which sparked hundreds of Ofcom complaints.
The actress' gown featured a sweetheart neckline and was cinched in around her svelte waist and also boasted a perilously high thigh slit up the leg.
While the beauty did flash the flesh and her cleavage, she kept her modesty the entire show as she oozed confidence and sex appeal in the stunning garment.
Ofcom has since confirmed to the Daily Mirror that it has received 277 complaints about Saturday night's show, with 235 of them aimed at Amanda's dress.
And in true Amanda style the beauty has hit back at trolls who took the time to log a complaint.
Taking to Instagram, the mother of two penned: "Mmmm really? Who has nipples this close to their cleavage? FYI a bones corset dented the girls all night."
Judges 'break social distancing rules'
Amanda was caught up in another furore when magician Kevin Quantum had her, Alesha, Ashley Banjo and David Walliams take part in an act with hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly.
The trickster wanted the stars to help him break a glass with an electrical current which would be generated by human contact through a plasma globe, but the magic act required them to touch fingers.
Prior to the trick, Kevin did ask all of the judges to sanitise their hands and made sure they stood at a two-metre distance before they touched hands.
Some viewers weren't impressed, sparking 19 more complaints and one person on Twitter to say the move was a bit "hypocritical" considering current guidelines.
Allan Finnegan's 'tasteless' death jokes
Another BGT moment, which left 304 TV watchers uncomfortable and contacting Ofcom, was comedian vicar Allan Finnegan’s "tasteless" death jokes.
He had included several lines about funerals and people passing away during his performance, but many found the content insensitive during a pandemic.
The regulator confirmed to MailOnline that they had received 303 complaints regarding the September 12 episode of the talent show.
An Ofcom spokesperson said: "We are assessing these complaints against our broadcasting rules, but are yet to decide whether or not to investigate."
Viewers were left unimpressed after Allan's performance when he made jokes about death during the semi-final.
The Liverpudlian vicar drew ire from fans on social media after many thought some of his jokes were insensitive amid the Covid-19 outbreak.
Allan began his routine by joking about forgetting the name of a deceased person while at their funeral.
Heartbreaking pictures of caged dogs used during act
Britain's Got Talent was hit with Ofcom complaints during the audition episodes back in May.
The TV watchdog confirmed that 48 viewers had taken issue with a moment, which was broadcast on the ITV show, to highlight the horrors of the dog meat trade.
The footage took place during the final audition of the night, which saw rescue dog Miracle and his owner Amanda steal the programme with an emotional performance.
Amanda went on to play a video of the story behind why she rescued so many dogs, with it being revealed that Miracle had been a victim of the dog meat trade.
Afterwards, the judges revealed which dogs they’d chosen out of the photos, with Amanda bringing the four selected pups – out of the 40 she has at home – onstage.
Ofcom announced that it is not presently able to break down exactly what each of the 48 complaints related to.
Britain's Got Talent final airs tonight on ITV at 7.30pm
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