BGT's £130k bill to get gospel choir to live shows
Britain's Got Talent will have to pay £130,000 to transport 100 Voices of Gospel to the semi-finals.
The choir wowed judges on Saturday night's (16Apr16) episode of the ITV talent show with their audition, which saw them perform This Little Light of Mine.
Judge Alesha Dixon was so impressed by the act that she pressed the golden buzzer - sending them straight to the live semi-finals of the programme, beating Simon Cowell to it.
But the costs of arranging for the choir to get to the live shows is steep. Members of the choir hail from 24 different countries, with only one English member making the first audition for the show. So BGT bosses will reportedly be left with a £60,000 bill for flights and a further £70,000 for hotel rooms for the choir.
"Usually there’d be some deliberations before we’d go for a big act like that because of the costs and logistics," a BGT source told The Sun newspaper.
"But as soon as Alesha pressed that buzzer it meant Simon Cowell and ITV picking up the bill."
And a spokesperson for the show confirmed to the publication: "100 Voices of Gospel paid for themselves for their audition. But we will pay for them to come over for the live shows."
100 Voices of Gospel were the second golden buzzer act on the show, after Beau Dermott's incredible rendition of Defying Gravity from the musical Wicked caused Amanda Holden to send her straight through to the semi-finals.
Beau currently remains the favourite to win the competition, but has some tough competition from acts including 100 Voices of Gospel and ballet dancer Jack Higgins, who was successful on Saturday's show.
It later emerged that Jack and Beau are actually cousins, but the 14-year-old isn't worried about competing against his singing relative.
"It would be amazing to both be in the final together," he told The Sun. "We are completely different acts so it wouldn't feel like we're competing against each other."
- Cover Media