Britain's Got Talent live show goes off (air) with a bang

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Britain's Got Talent hopeful Fr Ray Kelly has taken a huge step toward winning the talent show, as he moves into the semi-final round of the competition.

Dec took to the shared Ant and Dec Instagram ahead of the live launch, sharing a sweet post about his first solo presenting stint since Saturday Night Takeaway.

After 15 minutes, the show returned and Declan Donnelly - presenting on his own as co-host Ant McPartlin is undergoing rehab following his recent drink-drive conviction - apologised for the mishap.

The BGT team were also impressed with the way Donnelly hosted without Ant, who was banned from the road for 20 months and fined £86,000.

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In a voting twist this year, each night the act with the most votes will automatically go through to the final.

The programme disappeared from television screens minutes after it started, and a message appeared on the screen saying: "We're sorry for the disruption".

Bosses showed old footage of auditions to fill the gap. "We will return to normal programming shortly".

Another said: "Good luck - you will smash it", a comment agreed by several others.

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After thousands applied and hundreds auditioned, the Britain's Got Talent search has now reached the live semi-finals which will kick off on ITV this evening.

In the first of this week's nightly semi-finals the comedian, real name Lee Ridley, who lost his real voice through cerebral palsy and delivers his jokes via an iPad, was voted through.

As the show came back on the air, it appears that Simon Cowell had the same idea!

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