Simon Cowell ‘regrets’ bringing in new BGT judge Bruno Tonioli after rule break

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    Simon Cowell reportedly "regrets" employing Bruno Tonioli as Britain's Got Talent's new judge after the former Strictly Come Dancing star made a complete mess of his duties on the ITV talent show.

    Bruno, 67, was in clear breach of the programme's rules after hitting his golden buzzer for a second time in the new series, which airs in Spring.

    Each judge is permitted to do so only once each – which results in contestants being propelled automatically to the live finals.

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    Following the gaffe – which sent bosses into a panic over how to proceed – Bruno explained his actions by admitting he had ''never seen the show before".

    After a lengthy discussion regarding the excitable Italian's antics, Simon, 63, and production company Freemantle agreed to stand by the buzzer and allow the contestant through, however.

    A source told the Sun: "It was madness. The buzzer worked but there was no glitter in the cannon above the stage as it had already been used up. A producer raced over to try to tell Bruno he couldn’t do that.

    "Then there were discussions with the top execs and Simon, who had his head in his hands.

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    "Then Bruno said he’d never actually watched before! Apparently it was because he didn’t want to be influenced by other shows’ judging styles."

    The source added that fortunately for Bruno the audience "love him" and just laugh at his "blundering".

    Bruno's new role – in which he will reportedly bank a cool £850,000 – comes after comedian David Walliams left the judging panel after 10 years on the show.

    He issued a public apology in November for making "disrespectful comments" about contestants during filming.

    In a statement, he said: "These were private conversations and – like most conversations with friends – were never intended to be shared.

    "Nevertheless, I am sorry."


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