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Thursday 9th April 2020

BGT: The Champions fans FURIOUS at David Walliams for costing magician Richard Jones place in final

Judge wrongly thought the 2016 series winner did not need golden buzzer

Furious BGT: The Champions fans vented their anger at David Walliams for costing magician Richard Jones a place in the final after failing to give him his golden buzzer.

Viewers were left outraged at the judge's decision not to put the soldier, who won Britain's Got Talent three years ago, straight through to the end-of-series showdown.

Richard, 28, opened Saturday night's show with an emotional performance dedicated to war hero Fergus Anckorn, who died last year aged 99, which left the audience in tears.

Richard and Darcey await to hear their fate from Ant & Dec (Credit: ITV)

But despite calls from the raucous crowd at Wembley Arena for him to press the golden buzzer, David insisted that the reaction was so incredible that he would not need it.

He had told Richard: "I've never seen a reaction like this in the room for anybody, so I don't think you need my golden buzzer."

Darcey and Richard should have gone through. But that's what you get when you give an idiot a golden buzzer!

Those words came back to haunt the panellist as the British Army serviceman narrowly missed out on the final when the audience voted him into second place, behind fellow magician Darcey Oake.

Richard won the 2016 series (Credit: ITV)

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The decision meant the Canadian death-defying illusionist joined salsa dancers Paddy, 85, and 45-year-old Nico in the series climax after it was their routine that earned David's golden buzzer.

Darcey's sensational act saw him apparently trapped in a box which suddenly exploded, only for him to appear safe and well on the other side of the arena seconds later.

Darcey won the audience vote (Credit: ITV)

But viewers were left distraught that David had left Richard's fate in the hands of the arena's "superfans" and voiced their anger on social media.

One tweeted: "Well done @davidwalliams you sure did well with your #goldenbuzzer preventing @richjonesmagic from getting through!!! Angry to say the least!!!"

Another wrote: "Well @davidwalliams you called it wrong. Richard needed a golden buzzer!"

David received flak for his decision on social media (Credit: ITV)

A third posted: "Oooooh, bet @davidwalliams is kicking himself for not putting that brave solider through tonight with the #goldenbuzzer."

Another said: "Darcey and Richard should have gone through. But that's what you get when you give an idiot a golden buzzer! And I say idiot in the nicest way possible."

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* BGT: The Champions is on ITV next Saturday night.

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