Simon Cowell horrifies Britain's Got Talent viewers with Queen comment

‘That went down like a lead balloon!’ Simon Cowell horrifies Britain’s Got Talent viewers as he questions whether the Queen will be able to attend the Royal Variety Performance

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Simon Cowell left Britain’s Got Talent viewers unimpressed when he questioned whether the Queen would be at the Royal Variety Performance this year.

The music mogul, 62, made the comment while speaking to comedian Ben Nickless during the final of Britain’s Got Talent on Sunday night, with many viewers believing he was predicting her death.

Each year, the winner of the show is invited to perform at the show in front of the Queen but Simon questioned whether she would be in good enough health to attend this year after missing a number of events across her Platinum Jubilee weekend.

Shocking: Simon Cowell, 62, left Britain’s Got Talent viewers unimpressed when he questioned whether the Queen would be at the Royal Variety Performance this year

When mentioning the winner performing for the Queen, he quickly added: ‘Please God it is The Queen.’

Taking to Twitter after hearing Simon’s words, one person wrote: ‘The awkward silence after Simon basically implied the queen is on her way out … yeah that went down like a lead balloon.’

Someone else tweeted: ‘The Queen didn’t go to her beloved Derby yesterday. She’s hardly going to go along to watch this year’s winner of #BritainsGotTalent. Simon is deluded. #BGT.’

Looking forward: The winner of the show is invited to perform at the show in front of the Queen but Simon questioned whether she would be in good enough health to attend this year

‘Simon knows the queen is on the way out,’ wrote someone else.

While another audience member wrote from their home: ‘#bgt did Simon imply that “incase the Queen died” there?’

Someone else shared: ‘Haha omg Simon saying “PLEASE GOD IT IS THE QUEEN” at the Royal variety. #bgt #BritainsGotTalent.’

Venting: The music mogul made the comment during the final of Britain’s Got Talent on Sunday night, with many viewers believing he was predicting her death

And someone else wrote: ‘Did Simon just imply that the Queen will be dead by the time of the Royal Variety Performance #BGT.’

It comes after Axel Blake was named as the winner of Britain’s Got Talent on Sunday.

The comedian claimed the coveted crown after seeing off competition from the likes of Tom Ball and Jamie Leahy.

Well done! Comedian and Simon’s golden buzzer act Axel Blake has been crowned the champion of Britain’s Got Talent 2022

After being named the winner, Axel – who impressed the judges and the audience at home with his faultless comedy routines – said: ‘I am shaking. It means the world to me. There are not even words to explain – I can’t believe it!’

Simon Cowell described Axel as a ‘star’ and the comedian is now looking forward to appearing at the Royal Variety Performance.

Simon – who created the ITV show – said: ‘I feel really emotional for you right now. It’s not just how brilliant you are, it’s how much I like you and how everyone likes you. I believe we have found a star.’

Emotional: The comedian, 33, impressed judges Simon Cowell , Alesha Dixon , Amanda Holden and David Walliams , the live ITV audience and viewers at home with his latest bout of quips and quick wit on Sunday night


Moment to remember: The talent show winner, who was Simon’s golden buzzer act, said: ‘I am shaking. It means the world to me. There are not even words to explain – I can’t believe it!’

David Walliams also loved Axel’s routine, and described him as a ‘superstar’.

He said: ‘That was a winning performance in every way. You are a superstar.’

Ventriloquist Jamie Leahey was named the runner-up, and his routine earned a standing ovation from the audience and reduced Amanda Holden to tears.


Entertainer: The series 15 runner-up was ventriloquist Jamie Leahey, who, accompanied by his confidante, chicken Chuck, wowed the judges with his latest, standing-ovation worthy performance

David was also wowed by his efforts, even though he fell just short of winning the Britain’s Got Talent crown.

The comedy star – who sat on the judging panel alongside Amanda, Simon and Alesha Dixon – said: ‘It was faultless in every way.’

Jamie, 13, told hosts Ant and Dec: ‘It’s amazing! I’d like to say thanks for all the support.’

Stealing the show: Placing third was secondary school teacher Tom Ball, who garnered praise once more for his astonishing vocal ability

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