The Britain’s Got Talent semi-finals have been brutal for the talent show’s magical acts, with over half a dozen magicians, escapologists, and mentalists getting buzzed or voted off thus far.
Last night, early favorite Marc Spelmann was eliminated after his performance, an extended feat of mentalism with sappy underpinnings, tied up the judges but failed to impress the audience at home. One suspects Spelmann might be a little bit critical of the result.
Mr Uekusa‘s exposed all in another hilarious magical stripping act. Alas, threatened by his raw sexual magnetism, Amanda Holden gave the Asian sex god the buzzer. At least he managed to depart the stage in style, his dignity preserved by a tiny silk towel.
On the 30th, tribal magical troupe, Magus Utopia, was eliminated after an exciting performance that didn’t resonate with the judges.
This leaves comic magician, Mandy Muden, as magic’s last hope in the competition.
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.