saturday night takeaway noise complaints

Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway viewers complain about ‘noisy’ audience

They're not feeling the virtual audience!

Saturday Night Takeaway viewers blasted last night’s episode (February 20) over the “noisy” background sounds coming from the virtual audience.

Ant and Dec launched the new series with a bang – but much to the annoyance of many viewers at home.

Dozens took to Twitter to say they found the canned laughter and crowd cheering irritating and distracting.

Filming amid lockdown conditions, Ant and Dec used a virtual audience of around 300 viewers video-linking in from home.

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Ant and Dec are back but not everyone was impressed (Credit: ITV)

What were viewers saying about the Saturday Night Takeaway audience?

It seems their noisy reactions proved too much for some ITV viewers.

One begged: “Dear #SaturdayNightTakeaway, please stop this constant background cheering noise. It’s really discombobulating.”

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While another complained: “The second part of #saturdaynighttakeaway has only just started and the noise from the audience is already grating me…. Please sort it out ITV.”

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The live audience apparently got a bit rowdy (Credit: ITV)

And a third lamented: “Loving #SaturdayNightTakeaway but the audience needs muting, background noise giving me a headache.”

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A fourth viewer ranted: “The virtual audience noise is awful. Maybe someone could turn that audio off?? #SaturdayNightTakeaway.”

A fifth user slammed the noise too.

They said: “Can we turn the virtual audience noise off please #SaturdayNightTakeaway.”

Another argued: “@antanddec @itvtakeaway #SaturdayNightTakeaway what is with all the background noise? It sounds like constant background chatter. It is a fantastic show but that noise is spoiling it.”

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Olly Alexander served as the guest announcer (Credit: ITV)

How does the virtual audience work?

Ant and Dec previously spoke of how excited they were to feature their live audience.

Especially as they intended to create an as interactive audience experience as possible.

Dec told Digital Spy: “For the first time ever, we’ll be doing it without a studio audience.

“But we do have a virtual audience, which we had a little bit before on Britain’s Got Talent. Such a lot of this show is about the audience.

“So we have researched ways, and are coming up with ways, to do a much more interactive virtual wall – more than any other show has done.”

And on This Morning, Ant explained: “We can still throw live to audience. Unlike other virtual audiences we’ve asked to make it very interactive.”

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