BGT ‘Fixed’ Feud Over Magician Keiichi Iwasaki After His Controversial Past Was Rumbled

Ant and Dec’s Golden Buzzer act Keiichi Iwasaki, who performs in tonight’s semi-final, is no stranger to the Got Talent franchise, having appeared in four other versions.

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BGT: Keiichi Iwasaki magically puts a ring on Alesha Dixon

Keiichi Iwasaki left Britain’s Got Talent judges and viewers at home in awe with his audition, but his biggest deception was not on display.

The fascinating magician, who admitted he was nervous, said he had chosen to be at BGT because it is “the biggest stage in the world”.

His hilariously quirky magic left the audience totally in awe of his powers, as he managed to get chopsticks through his ears and out of his mouth and then made a letter float in mid-air.

The Japanese artist even involved Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly, but clumsily got the Geordie duo wrong, for a card trick that ended with the three of clubs coming out of Dec’s shirt.

Keiichi then recruited Alesha Dixon as his next assistant and floated a ring through the air onto her finger.

Amanda Holden said it was “very charming”, david walliams dubbed him the “funniest person we’ve ever seen” and Simon Cowell said his son Eric would “absolutely love” him.

But they didn’t need to deliver their verdicts as Ant and Dec ran onto the stage yelling “no, no, no” and then rang the golden bell.

Keiichi Iwasaki wowed the judges and the audience with his tricks



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An astonished Keiichi hugged the boys as he thanked them, saying, “It’s like a dream, thank you very much. I can’t explain my excitement, I never expected the golden bell. Thank you very much.”

However, it is definitely not the first time that the magician has felt the joy of moving on to the next round.

After his audition, it transpired that the well-known street magician has appeared in four other versions of the Got Talent franchise.

Keiichi auditioned for the Italian version of the hit talent show in 2016 and acted in the Bulgarian spin-off in 2021.

He even made it to the semi-finals of the Spanish edition in 2019 and also auditioned for Germany’s Das Supertalent last year.

Once viewers found out, some of them expressed their frustrations online, particularly amid the backlash against other contestants who had already risen to fame this year.

“So a former talent act from Italy, Bulgaria and Spain gets the golden buzzer then… hardly an unknown,” one viewer tweeted.

The magician involved Alesha in his act.



Another added: “That’s why I think #bgt should only allow Acts of Great Britain to apply. This Japanese magician @antanddec #goldenbuzzer from last night’s show already performed the same act on Got Talent shows in Germany, Italy, Spain and Bulgaria. What a scam!”

“So a former talent act from Italy, Bulgaria and Spain gets the golden buzzer then… he’ll be on America’s Got Talent next year. Hardly an unknown… You can’t tell me Simon Cowell’s not aware of him.” Said another sarcastically.

But BGT bosses responded to criticism from certain viewers by insisting there are no rules that prevent someone from applying if they’ve been on another version of the show.

A spokesperson said, “Like many other artists hoping to make it big in the industry, Keiichi, a street performer, had auditioned on TV shows in the past.

“There are no rules that state this should prevent you from applying. All acts audition on the same basis and normal show rules apply.

“These claims unnecessarily encourage negative trolling against our contestants and the ‘fix’ claims are completely false.

“We’ve always been very open about who can apply for BGT. We hope our viewers will tune in to show their support for Keiichi.”

Obtained the golden buzzer from Ant and Dec.



It’s certainly not the first time in this series that BGT has faced backlash over the stories of some of the contestants.

There was controversy right at the beginning of the series when Loren Allred got Amanda’s golden ring after it was revealed that she was the voice behind The Greatest Showman’s hit song Never Enough.

Loren appeared on The Voice and was mentored by Adam Levine of Maroon 5, with many fans calling her gold buzzer “unfair” since she is a professional singer.

Simon’s golden ringer act Axel Blake rankled fans after it emerged that he had already scored huge success, including with his own stand-up show on Amazon Prime.

While American stuntman JD Anderson, who bent a hammer with his bare hands, has ties to Simon through America’s Got Talent and the Red or Black game show.

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