BGT’s ‘most dangerous act ever’ horrified the audience when it went wrong – but Ant McPartlin encouraged them to try again while Simon Cowell nearly called it quits.
The Britain’s Got Talent audience and judges were kept in suspense as the Armenian duo battled to win over the judges – and not harm themselves.
The excruciating act was performed by the Vardanyan Brothers, aged 28 and 30.
The duo live in Russia and performed their toe-curling act in the first episode of the new series.
As the judges watched on, barely believing their eyes, one slip could have ended in tragedy as they balanced on top of each other with long swords in their mouths, directed into each other’s faces.
While the act didn’t go quite to plan, host Ant encouraged them to repeat it and shouted out: “Try again.”
It’s the first time that head judge Simon Cowell has almost called time on the show due to the severity of the danger.
He admitted they were all terrified and said: “I was almost about to say you can’t do this.
“In all my years this is the most dangerous act I’ve ever seen on any Got Talent show.”
The 59-year-old also said he was pleased Ant had come back to host the show and was in such good spirits.
The reality TV mogul said: “It’s like it never happened. That’s when you know it’s comfortable because it’s just like we are all back together again, we are all friends.
“These things happen. I really did miss him… it’s the happiest I’ve seen him for a long, long time.”
Fellow judge Amanda Holden, who appears alongside David Walliams and Alesha Dixon, added: “He looks really healthy.”
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