As Simon Cowell put it yesterday, Britain’s Got Talent has “gotten some stick” in the past few weeks. Viewers have reacted to what they perceive as inappropriate acts on the show, and also to the fact that some current contestants have previously appeared on TV. Cowell took to Twitter on Sunday to address the latter complaints, saying, “We try and have a no rules policy on the show… Would it be right to say to someone who has appeared on a show before you can’t audition?” Referring to BGT‘s biggest breakout star, he added, “I believe Susan Boyle had appeared on another tv show years ago. Nothing happened. Bgt gave her another go. Is that wrong? I am not whining. Simply wanted to explain there is no hush hush plot. I just think everyone deserves a second chance.”
Meanwhile, despite getting out of one another’s way by settling into separate time slots last week, The Voice UK is closing a ratings gap with BGT. BGT was the overall winner on Saturday night with 9.6M viewers on ITV for a 45% share. However, the show has steadily dropped off from its debut on April 13. It peaked at 11.5M this week, down from 12.1M the week prior and 13M at launch. The Voice, which airs later on Saturday on rival BBC One, drew a season high of 7.97M viewers and peaked at 8.9M. That show has grown week on week since it kicked off on March 30, despite playing time slot musical chairs.