Britain’s Got Talent Snatches Ratings Crown From The Voice


Big finish: Malakai received a standing ovation

Britain’s Got Talent finally managed to get one over on Saturday night rivals, The Voice UK, thanks to some last-minute editing from Simon Cowell.

Apparently some last minute tweaks from the sex pest light-entertainment genius apparently secured the talent show’s triumph over the BBC singing competition with BGT drawing in an average of 9.4mn viewers to The Voice’s 9.3mn.

The win may be a marginal one, but it represents ITV1’s first straight-forward ratings success against the BBC since both shows launched in competing slots back in March. Such was the ratings rivalry that BGT was forced to move into taking a later position in the schedule and yet was STILL outdone by the Beeb.

An ITV spokesperson said: “BGT is packed with thrills and spills, tears and laughter and we are delighted that it consistently continues to be such a firm favourite with viewers.” Nine-year-old Malakai’s performance prompted raptuourous applause from the studio audience and an outpouring of public support on Twitter. If you missed it  – get the lowdown here.

Meanwhile, The Voice has now moved into the “live roundsâ€?, where contestants sing for survival from the audience and ultimately rely on the affection of their respective mentors to live on.

This week saw Samuel Buttery (Team Tom) and Sophie Griffith (Team Will) cruelly rebuffed in a tearful results show on Sunday night. Even Tom Jones was seen swallowing VERY hard and attempting to control his quivering upper lip.

Dermot O’Leary, of The X Factor – another of Cowell’s brainchildren – has recently questioned the show’s supposedly “less harshâ€? approach to mentoring: “Everyone who goes on those shows does so to be judged and maybe an even harsher critique is someone not turning around.

Speaking to The Sun newspaper, he added: “The most important thing is to have fun on the shows. And just because auditionees are a bit strange, it doesn’t mean they are not good.

“I like the fact we are about the package. I like that we get acts like Johnny Robinson who look ridiculous, but it doesn’t mean they can’t sing,’ he added.

Meanwhile Black Eyed Peas star and Voice mentor, has insisted that both Saturday night shows “need each otherâ€?.

“The rivalry is important,” he said. “They need each other… because the music industry needs these shows.”

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