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A Co Down primary school has been accused of miming after a 'technical glitch' on Britain's Got Talent

Controversial.

LAST SATURDAY NIGHT, St Patrick’s primary school from Drumgreenagh in County Down stormed their way through to the semi-final of Britain’s Got Talent with their wonderful choir display.

Last night, in the first of the semis, the kids opened the show with a rousing rendition of Katy Perry’s Roar.

But right at the start, there was a technical difficulty with the backing track

Source: mysteriouskazakh/YouTube

Given you could hear some actual singing on the backing track, there were instant accusations that the choir had a bit of help in the vocal department

miming Source: @just_hols

Conspiracy theory activated.

Now, it’s unclear exactly what happened, but you can definitely hear backing vocals delivering the line “you held me down” from the second verse of Roar.

Britain’s Got Talent released a statement on the matter last night, denying that there was any miming involved:

A technical glitch meant that the wrong song was played at the start of St Patrick’s Junior Choir performance as well as some vocals recorded during a rehearsal from them. The choir did not mime and we are very proud of their performance.

When the sound problems were sorted, the kids from St Patrick’s went out and gave it socks (and it was clear that the main vocals were delivered live)

Source: Britain's Got Talent/YouTube

The school addressed the “technical difficulties” on Twitter

But that hasn’t stopped thousands of viewers accusing BGT of deception

Others defended the school, saying that backing vocals are part and parcel of live broadcasts – and it doesn’t take away from the integrity of the performance

The school didn’t make it through to the grand final this weekend in the end, and it’s hard to know whether the technical glitch at the start lost them votes.

But at least they got a brand new classmate on the night

And their semi final performance was sublime in the end – especially given the trying circumstances.

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