Britain’s Got Talent viewers blasted Simon Cowell for claiming a world record-breaking act on tonight’s show “risked his life”.
Fans ridiculed the star after Jay Rawlings, 25, beat the record for the most number of chairs balanced on the chin.
Jay successfully held the lightweight metal seats, which were carefully assembled beforehand, above his head for 10 seconds to set a new mark of 11 chairs, beating the previous best of nine.
Before his attempt, he told the judges that when he applied for the show, the record stood at just five, so he had been practising with six.
But since then, an American had smashed that number by balancing nine chairs on his chin.
The performer, however, brought the record back to Britain and Ant and Dec presented him on stage with his world record certificate.
It was then that Simon told Jay: “You risked your life and you got a world record.”
Viewers took issue with the showrunner and shared their comments on social media.
One tweeted: ““You risked your life” – come on Simon, he balanced a chair on his chin, deary me…”
Another posted: “Risked his life. Calm down Simon. Calm down.”
“You risked your life” – come on Simon, he balanced a chair on his chin, deary me… #BGT
— Josh Chapman (@_joshchapman98) May 4, 2019
Risked his life.
Calm down Simon. Calm down.#BGT
— Joseph_ninety (@NinetyJoseph) May 4, 2019
“Risk to life”.
*carries a few fibreglass chairs that weigh less than a half-eaten Mars bar*#BGT
— Repo136 (@ageingbboys) May 4, 2019
Others were far from impressed by the feat, despite the fact Jay is now an official Guinness World record holder.
Well done but what was the point? #BGT
— marjorie narey (@marjieN) May 4, 2019
I mean i could do that #bgt
— Laura cufc (@laurabarr38) May 4, 2019
But many viewers were blown away by the achievement.
— Helen Newstead (@helennews30) May 4, 2019
— Charlie (@Charlie__Tweets) May 4, 2019
That was fantastic #BGT
— “Relying on Watford” 🔴 (@StevenLobel4) May 4, 2019
Jay was impressive, gotta love a record being broken. Can’t wait to see what he does next. #bgt
— Dan Brown (@DanJBrownMUFC) May 4, 2019
* Britain’s Got Talent is on ITV at 8pm on Saturdays.
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