Britain’s Got Talent 2016: Alex Magala the sword-swallower BANNED from performing live

ITV producers have decided Alex must pre-record his dangerous act

Alex Magala Britain's Got Talent

by Francesca Battson |
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Alex Magala wowed audiences in the first episode of Britain’s Got Talent with his do-not-try-this-at-home sword-swallowing act.

And now, after being picked to go through to the semi finals by judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams, ITV producers have ordered Alex to pre-record his performance.

Having previously confessed that his act puts his life at risk, ITV clearly didn’t want to take any chances by letting Alex perform on a live show and have anything go wrong.

During Alex’s first audition, paramedics were on standby either side of the stage, and when cutting to the medics after the stunt finished, you could easily see they were genuinely worried and relieved the 26 year old wasn’t hurt.

However, after promising his next stunt would be even more dangerous than dropping from the ceiling with a sword down his throat, ITV have ruled his act too risky and not to be aired on live TV.

Here’s a reminder of his jaw-dropping stunt…

Speaking to The Sun, Alex revealed he tried to reassure producers nothing would go wrong, saying: "I reassured them that I would be in control all the time - but I have never done this stunt before.

"It could be a revolution in the world of sword-swallowing. But if even the slightest little thing - a wrong angle, a glitch in the music - goes wrong, it will break my concentration and it could be a massive disaster."

Previously, Alex has cut his oesophagus and has also punctured a lung performing his stunts.

However, worryingly, Alex revealed his stunt for the semi finals could go one way or another.

He said: “With this one there are no minor injuries. It either goes right or it goes very, very badly wrong.”


No wonder ITV bosses are taking precautions for this highly dangerous act…

Britain’s Got Talent continues tonight on ITV at 7:30pm.

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