BGT ‘ban’ virtual audience from ‘offensive behaviour’ of boozing

Britain's Got Talent's semi-finals are well underway with the show dealing with new hurdles due to the ongoing coronavirus situation.

With the studio audience being axed and replaced with a virtual audience – which sees viewers calling in from the comfort of their own home, questions have been raised over how to monitor their antics.

Now, it's claimed that bosses are cracking the whip on fans who crack open a bottle or two while tuning into the variety show competition.

Should those taking part in the audience engage in "offensive behaviour" the programme faces the wrath of broadcasting watchdog, Ofcom.

Speaking to The Sun, a source said: "The bosses want to minimise the risk of anyone having too many drinks and doing something naughty on national TV.

"Another rule is that they can only be seen on screen from the waist up."

The ITV talent show launched on Saturday night with famous duo Ant Mc Partlin and Declan Donnelly once again hosting the programme.

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With Simon Cowell recuperating from major surgery after almost breaking his spine, Diversity dancer Ashley Banjo is filling Simon's seat on the judging panel alongside Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams.

Ashley, 31, recently hit back at social media trolls following Diversity's emotional performance honouring the Black Lives Matter movement during the launch show.

The show has since received more than 1,000 complaints following the dance routine in support of the movement.

Taking to his Twitter account, Ashley penned: "So much to say… But I'll just let the performance talk. Thousands of messages of Love and support – Thank you.

"For the thousands of messages of hate and ignorance – Thank you. You highlight exactly what needs to change. Sending nothing but love to you all."

During the performance, Ashley was seen being knelt on – referencing the police officer who was responsible for the death of George Floyd.

Daily Star Online has approached Britain's Got Talent bosses for comment.

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