Alan Carr Breaks Silence on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ Judging Rumors
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Comedian and TV presenter Alan Carr recently opened up for the first time about reports that he would be joining the judging panel on Britain’s Got Talent. The spot ultimately went to Dancing with the Stars judge Bruno Tonioli. Carr makes it sound like the rumors of him joining the show were overblown.
Alan Carr Talks BGT Judging Rumors
After longtime judge David Walliams left the BGT judging panel ahead of this year’s competition, the show had to find a replacement. Rumors swirled about various celebrities possibly joining the show. One of those celebrities was comedian Alan Carr.
However, not long after Carr was reported as a likely new judge on the show, it was reported that Bruno Tonioli would ultimately be taking the empty seat. That was later confirmed by the show, and filming started last month. A source told the Daily Mail that losing out on the job was “really disappointing” for Carr.
However, Carr tells a different story. He recently told Metro of the rumors he would be joining the show, “I was staying at home – I’m doing a sitcom based on my life – and I was just watching this all unfold in the paper, it was very odd.”
When Tonioli was announced as the show’s new judge, Carr says he thought, “Oh, good for him.” He went on to joke about the quotes from alleged sources, saying, “And then family and friends apparently said I was devastated. I’m like, I’m just sitting at home doing a jigsaw.”
How Is Bruno Tonioli Doing on the Panel?
Things reportedly haven’t been smooth sailing since Tonioli joined the judging panel. Following a reported contract dispute with judges Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon over how Tonioli was paid, the new judge appears to have made some mistakes during filming.
First, Tonioli reportedly hit the Golden Buzzer while an act was still performing. Then, he reportedly hit the Golden Buzzer again, for a second act. This is not allowed, as each judge only gets one Golden Buzzer per season.
The flubs have apparently caused stress for producers and fellow judge Simon Cowell. Tonioli has also reportedly clashed with Holden and Dixon during tapings, as they apparently took issue with his criticism of a choir. Dixon has also reportedly told Tonioli to sit down at one point and even pushed him into his chair.