Simon Cowell has revealed a dog fell off the stage during recent auditions for Britain’s Got Talent, but the footage was soon edited out and won’t be aired on TV.
The record executive, 62, who insisted production staff ‘try and make sure it’s safe’ for hopefuls, also admitted he was left ‘petrified’ when a six-year-old boy was carried away from cameras after tumbling from a high ramp during a scooter stunt act.
Hoping to impress the panel as part of a collective with his three friends, Austin crashed onto the floor after attempting a dangerous trick before burying his head in his arms, in nail-biting scenes from Saturday’s episode.
Woops! Simon Cowell has revealed a dog FELL OFF the stage in a recent BGT audition but it WON’T be aired – and was ‘petrified’ when a scooter stunt boy, 6, tumbled from a high ramp
Simon looked on in horror as Amanda Holden let out a gigantic scream. Alesha Dixon observed, ‘It looks like he’s really hurt himself,’ before Austin returned to continue the routine with his ensemble.
Speaking to MailOnline at a press conference for the ITV talent show before its Saturday return, the head judge assured: ‘That sort of stuff does not happen very often. I don’t think we’ve had a kid actually hurt themselves on stage.
‘But the truth is, kids, whether they have bikes, scooters, skateboards… it’s the same with Eric. When he goes to skateboarding lessons, unfortunately you do fall over.
‘I’ve fallen off many things as well,’ he quipped of his own recent E-scooter accident, which saw him rushed to hospital with a broken arm and facial cuts.
Ouch: Hoping to impress the panel as part of a collective with his three friends, Austin crashed onto the floor after attempting a dangerous trick before burying his head in his arms
Talented: Simon looked on in horror with Alesha Dixon observing, ‘It looks like he’s really hurt himself,’ before Austin returned to continue the routine with his ensemble
Uh-oh: Speaking to MailOnline at a press conference for the ITV talent show before its Saturday return, the head judge assured: ‘You try and make sure it’s safe’
The dog lover – who is dad to Yorkshire terriers Squiddly and Diddly, both nine, let slip: ‘We didn’t show it but we had a dog fall off the stage this year.’
Talking about the scooter act again, he added: ‘You try and make sure it’s safe and they have a lot of time to prepare but it did happen but in this particular case, hats off to him.
‘He was only a little boy but he just wanted to finish the act. If he did hurt himself, we never would have carried on with that.’
Simon went on to confess that the post-production team modified the footage to make it seem as though the child hadn’t been down for too long.
What a pair! The dog lover – who is dad to Yorkshire terriers Squiddly and Diddly, both nine, let slip: ‘We didn’t show it but we had a dog fall off the stage this year’ (pictured in 2014)
He gave away: ‘On the actual take, it didn’t happen quite as quickly as it was shown in the episode where he got straight back up again.
‘There was a much longer gap where we checked if they were okay because when you do that kind of act, you do fall over, even when you’re practicing so I think he was used to it.
‘We liked them even more because they all rallied together and supported each other but yeah it was petrifying.’
Britain’s Got Talent returned to screens after two years off the air and a jam-packed teaser trailer saw a Simon Cowell impersonator grace the stage and David Walliams get involved in routines.
Gang: Regular judges Simon (centre), David Walliams (centre-left), Amanda Holden (centre-right) and Alesha (back-left) are back to put the acts through their paces while Ant (fer-left) and Dec (far-right) return as hosts
The latest series is set to feature magic tricks, a person dressed as a dinosaur, dance troupes and musical performances that are sure to entertain.
Regular judges Simon, David, Amanda and Alesha are back to put the acts through their paces while Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly return as hosts.
A fun-filled teaser trailer was released on Thursday and saw a Simon impersonator take to the stage wearing a red fringed bodysuit in an act bound to leave the judge gobsmacked.
Elsewhere, David was seen looking squeamish as he took to the stage to assist a circus performer in pulling a heart shaped sword out of her throat.
The comedian, 50, also appeared to strip off on stage, taking off his shirt in front of an elderly woman, in a bizarre moment.
Other acts included a team of skateboarders performing stunts, singers belting their hearts out and gymnasts performing jaw-dropping routines.
The first look trailer comes as Britain’s Got Talent is set to return to screens on April 16 after two years off air.
A follow-up episode will also air the following day at 7.35pm as the auditions will get underway on Easter weekend.
The hit ITV talent show was previously postponed due to safety concerns and the restrictions brought about by tier systems and lockdowns.
Hilarious: Britain’s Got Talent returned to screens after two years off the air and a jam-packed teaser trailer sees a Simon Cowell impersonator grace the stage
Bosses of the show said that despite the efforts of the teams at ITV, Thames and head judge Simon’s Syco, they were forced to call plans off.
At the time they said: ‘With our absolute priority of safeguarding the well-being and health of every person involved in the programme from judges, hosts and contestants to all of the crew and audience, the decision has been made to – unfortunately – move the record and broadcast of the 15th series of Britain’s Got Talent to 2022.
‘BGT is known for its diversity of talent with big dance groups, wonderful choirs and lavish orchestras at its heart, and it has become clear that not only is it not possible to film auditions with these types of acts in a secure way but also that they are not able to adequately rehearse and prepare safely.
They finished: ‘Safety has to come first and, as a result, the recording of the show can’t currently go ahead as planned.’
Shock: The latest series of the ITV talent show is set to feature magic tricks, a person dressed as a dinosaur, dance troupes and musical performances that are sure to entertain
Oh dear! In the trailer, David Walliams was seen looking squeamish as he took to the stage to assist a circus performer in pulling a heart shaped sword out of her throat
Last month, Amanda revealed that Simon is planning a permanent move back to the UK – and insisted that he isn’t quitting TV.
The Heart Breakfast presenter, 51, says music mogul Simon, 62, who resides between California and London, is ‘aiming to spend more time at home’ now fiancée Lauren Silverman’s son Adam is ‘growing up’ and she’s become an ‘adopted Brit.’
In an exclusive interview, Amanda, who sits on the Britain’s Got Talent judging panel alongside close pal Simon, says he’s still ‘hungry’ for success but is keen to enjoy family life as he plans his upcoming wedding to Lauren.
Amanda told MailOnline: ‘He is amazing and him and Lauren are in the best space.
Shirtless: Comedian David, 50, also appeared to strip off on stage, taking off his shirt in front of an elderly woman, in a bizarre moment
‘We had a lovely family lunch together on Sunday and he’s very, very chilled and knows exactly what he wants from life now – he’s not retiring by any means.
‘He is full of ideas and has some amazing ideas on the back-burner. It is in Simon’s blood, it is terminal, the hunger, the creativity, maybe in the end Simon won’t be on camera but he’s always going to be involved. He just wants to reap some of the things that he’s sown and enjoy life a bit better.
‘They’re going to be aiming to spend some more time in the UK, which is really nice for me.’
Britain’s Got Talent continues on Sunday April 17 at 7.35pm on ITV.
Incredible: As usual, dance troupes and gymnasts are set to take to the stage and perform jaw-dropping stunts