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The seventh series of British talent competition programme Britain's Got Talent was broadcast on ITV , from 13 April to 8 June ; because of England 's international friendly with the Republic of Ireland that year, the show took a break on 29 May to avoid clashing with live coverage of the match. Because of the work schedule of Stephen Mulhern , host of Britain's Got More Talent , filmed auditions had to be pushed back to mid-January that year,  while no guest judge was brought in despite the absence of Simon Cowell for an audition session. During its broadcast, the series averaged around The programme faced severe criticism from viewers over a number of auditions that were broadcast as part of the sixth series, while production staff had to investigate a breach of security after a protester managed to pelt Cowell with eggs during a live broadcast of a finalist's performance. Although filming was planned to begin by 7 January,  it was pushed back to 16 January due to Stephen Mulhern 's schedule — as host for Britain's Got More Talent , he would provide feedback and present additional auditions not featured on the main programme, but filming on the original date would have clashed with his involvement for Catchphrase that month. Of the participants that took part, only forty five made it past this stage and into the five live semi-finals, with nine appearing in each one, and eleven of these acts making it into the live final; the wildcard act chosen by the judges was ventriloquist Steve Hewlett, after he lost out in the Judges' vote in the fifth semi-final. The seventh series faced criticism from viewers, covering two sets of complaints regarding auditions that were conducted in the contest. The first set concerned the nature of auditions made by Scarlet Cuffs, Keri Graham and Kelly Fox, that were deemed unsuitable for a family-orientated programme and for broadcast before the 9pm watershed - both Cuffs and Graham conducted a provocative striptease as part of their auditions, while Fox used lyrics that were considered vulgar. Ofcom investigated the editing of the auditions by the striptease acts, and ruled that while Graham's had been carefully censored to an acceptable level,  they found in contrast that censoring of Cuffs' audition was insufficient and that the footage breached broadcasting codes in regards to protecting children from unsuitable content, with it made clear that the act should not have been shown.
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A performance by a burlesque stripper on Britain's Got Talent has been cleared by broadcasting watchdog Ofcom, despite generating more than 90 complaints. Beatrix Von Bourbon was shown on the ITV1 show stripping to her underwear - with her breasts only covered with tassels and computer-generated gold stars at one point. She also flashed her G string-clad bum at viewers during her routines at the Blackpool auditions and later a semi-final. In its defence, ITV had said that BGT "celebrates a variety of entertainment and British talent and therefore showcases a wide range of different types of act, not all of which will always be to everyone's taste". It said her performance was "a highly stylised combination of comedy, mime and dance, rather than simply striptease" which followed the "tradition of saucy British humour, rather than being overly erotic or sleazy". Although the bum shots were "on the margin of acceptability", the regulator said the performances were suitable for BGT. And it concluded: "Ofcom was of the view therefore that, taken as a whole, the performance by Ms Von Bourbon was presented in a style which would not have exceeded the likely expectations of the audience on the various dates it was broadcast.
Artist Johannes Stoetter painted nude models who created optic illusions on the Britain's Got Talent stage to tell an important story about our oceans. Britain's Got Talent 's auditionee Johannes Stoetter captured the imagination of the judges and viewers alike on Saturday's show. The Italian artist used live models who danced around on stage, explaining in a stunning performance a very important message. The act was about the issue of ocean pollution and the heartbreaking facts about where the planet is headed had a clear impact on the judges. Simon Cowell, David Walliams , Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden watched in awe before sending the incredible act through to the next round. A voiceover told the audience how precious our planet was, and how we need to take better care of it.