Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon in BGT row with Simon Cowell over rule break

Tensions are said to be bubbling between Britain’s Got Talent's female judges, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon, and Simon Cowell after he's said to have been "breaking the rules" on the set of the new series.

The three longtime BGT judges are back to judge the nation's talent alongside newbie judge, former Strictly Come Dancing star Bruno Tonioli, who has replaced David Walliams.

But it seems that Simon has already been breaking the rules during the first auditions of the show, after throwing caution to the wind and pressing the Golden Buzzer for two different acts, when it is only meant to be pressed once throughout the series, per judge.

The Sun reports that Simon was left so impressed by Liverpudlian dance group Unity, he pressed the Golden Buzzer for them, despite having had already pressed it for another act.

He told them: “We don’t have any more Golden Buzzers, but sometimes I think you should break the rules. I’m in so much trouble right now — but you deserved it.”

It is said that Simon and his longterm pal Bruno have been “riding roughshod over rules” during the show so far, leaving Amanda and Alesha indignant.

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Meanwhile, it was reported that Simon had a "tricky time" getting Bruno to come on board to Britain's Got Talent, whilst "keeping his fellow judges happy,"

A source told The Sun: “He was the one who was determined to sign up his long-time mate, though Amanda, in particular, was keen on her friend Alan Carr to get the role.”

The TV Insider continued: "Now Amanda and Alesha are having to stand firm again as it seems Simon and Bruno are riding roughshod over rules."

Amanda and Alesha are also said to be fuming that Bruno is getting paid the same as them for his judging role on Britain's Got Talent – a reported £850,000 sum – despite the fact that Amanda and Alesha have been on the show for years.

It's thought that they "don’t think it is fair a newcomer could walk into the show and be handed the same deal as them".

Bruno was a judge on BBC's Strictly Come Dancing for an impressive 18 years, before he quit in early 2022.

He appeared to take a swipe at Strictly after it was announced that he would be joining the judging panel on BGT, as he labelled the latter "the biggest show on British TV," before cheekily quipping that it is now that he's on the panel.

He said about his former show: "I have nothing bad to say about Strictly, it changed my life."


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