British magician Marc Spelmann is an early favorite to win this year’s Britain’s Got Talent after an emotionally charged trick involving his young daughter and cancer-stricken wife prompted hosts Ant and Dec to use their golden buzzer for the first time this season. The buzzer puts contestants straight into the next round of the show, regardless of the judge’s votes. It all seems like a dream come true, except Spelmann hasn’t always held the show in such high regard, as a series of tweets dug up by UK hacks seem to demonstrate.
In another tweet, he referred to judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon, and David Walliams as “idiots,” who know nothing about magic. He was also unimpressed when magician Jamie Raven was defeated by a dog in the 2012 final of the show.
“A dog is the most talented act in the UK. My God I’m genuinely embarrassed.”
In an entirely surprising turn of events, it appears Spelmann’s opinion of the show has improved in recent years. He deleted the tweets shortly after the press brought attention to them.
“I have changed rather a lot in the last six years,” he told The Sun, “and the offhand tweets I made about Britain’s Got Talent many years ago in no way reflect my thoughts and feelings on the show now.”
“I am a huge fan of the series and it has been a dream of mine to perform for the judges since before my daughter was born,” he continued.
Spelmann’s tweets seem like the grumblings of a fan unimpressed with the direction of the show, but they’re a stark reminder of how random thoughts spewed into the electronic ether of social media can come back and bite you in the ass years down the line. Be careful who you drag over social media, kids; you never know when you might end up working for them.