Britain’s Got Talent fans were in tears on Saturday’s final audition show as the judges awarded a joint golden buzzer to an act for the first time.
Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and Bruno Tonioli were visibly moved when Musa Motha, a South African native whose leg was amputated at age 10 due to cancer, was stunned with a vigorous dance routine.
The former footballer, 27, who now lives in London, shared how, after giving up on his sporting dreams, he learned to dance with the help of his friends.
Despite being impressed with the performance and giving Musa a standing ovation, the judges were unable to give him a golden buzzer as it had already been used in previous auditions, leading to a booing from the audience.
This led to the judges breaking the rules and making the decision to hit the buzzer collectively, meaning eight acts will advance through the golden buzzer to the semi-finals for the first time.
The rules are changing: Fans of Britain’s Got Talent were left in tears at Saturday’s final audition show as the judges awarded a joint golden buzzer to an act for the first time
Usually six acts get a golden buzzer, with each of the judges getting one, while Ant and Dec share one.
This year, however, two of the judges had used their buzzer twice, meaning eight acts besides Musa will go straight through to the semi-finals.
Musa wowed the judges and audience alike with his moving dance to Naughty Boy and Beyoncé’s song Runnin’, in which he used his crutches to elevate his movements.
He was rewarded with a standing ovation, with Amanda looking visibly emotional, while presenters Ant and Dec stated the performance was ‘sensational’.
The crowd then began chanting “golden buzzer” to the judges, to which the foursome replied that there was “nothing left” and their hands were tied.
As they sat down to offer their critique, Alesha said the routine was one of the most “extraordinary auditions” she’d seen, adding that she had “so much admiration” for the dancer.
While Bruno added it was “exceptional” before he was then drowned out by boos from the crowd as they demanded that Musa be given a golden buzzer.
The former Strictly Come Dancing star yelled at the audience for using them all, adding that if he hit the golden buzzer again after his buzzer mishap earlier in the series, show bosses would kill me.
Dream big: The former footballer, 27, who now lives in London, shared how, after giving up on his sporting dreams, he learned to dance with the help of his friends
The judges looked at each other in despair amid the crowd’s reaction, with Bruno remarking, “They’re going to be made there!”
It was at this point that Chief Judge Simon gave his fellow judges a knowing look and after joining hands and counting down, all four pressed the buzzer at the same time.
The crowd was soon back on their feet as golden confetti rained down on the studio, with a delighted Musa thanking the audience for their support.
Following the result, emotional viewers rushed to Twitter to share how moved they were after Musa’s incredible performance.
Response: Following the result, emotional viewers rushed to Twitter to share how moved they were after Musa’s incredible performance
“If you’re watching #bgt right now and you’re not crying, you don’t have a heart,” said one.
While a second emotional fan tweeted, “OK, I’m crying.”
A third writes: ‘Never been happier when someone got the golden buzzer. In absolute bits here!’
‘Are you even human if you don’t cry’, asked a fourth spectator.
“This kid on #BGT cutting the onions,” said a fifth tearful fan.
Another gushed, “So great. I really had tears. So well deserved from the golden buzzer.’
With an extra person adding: ‘I’m in awe, and in tears watching #BGT. This young man is so talented and inspiring! Feel privileged to see him dance!’
The moment comes just a week after Simon broke the rules again amid his golden buzzer use.
Dance troupe Unity put on an incredible show during last week’s episode, with the lead judge, 63, calling them “amazing.”
The college buddies, aged between 16 and 25, impressed judges Simon, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon with their impeccable choreography and synchronized dance moves.
But most powerful of all was the incredible message behind their performance – called ‘I will’, showing the importance of embracing who they are.
A member of the group, who has Down syndrome, started the dance as the center of the group.
Emotional: Simon Cowell, 63, introduced a shocking breach of the rules on last Saturday night’s episode of Britain’s Got Talent
Powerful: Dance troupe Unity, aged between 16 and 25, delivered a flawless routine with an incredible message
In between moments of passionate dancing to The Village by Wrabel, other members of the group came forward with messages of their own.
One star named Declan exclaimed, “I’m Declan and labels don’t define me. I push gender boundaries, but don’t allow discrimination to change who I am.
“They’re trying to label me. They say I can’t be who I am, but I will.’
There was an emotional hug between Steph and Libby, who said they had “constant eyes” on them since coming out.
Junior was bullied for loving dance growing up, admitting to being beaten up and yelled at, while Kiera was assaulted for her size.
The judges and audience were moved to tears by the emotional performance, with even notoriously stern Judge Simon appearing with tears in his eyes.
The routine was clearly one that would normally get a golden buzzer and the crowd started singing for it.
But Simon had already used his golden buzzer – of which judges are only allowed to use one per season.
Bruno had also used two buzzers – after not realizing he was only allowed to use one.
Tense: Unity was hoping for a golden buzzer when the audience started chanting – but all four judges had already used theirs
Life Changing: After the judges were moved to tears and given a standing ovation, Simon made an exception
Shock: Simon made their dreams come true after he broke the rules to give his second buzzer of the series
Simon said, “I thought you were actually amazing. The way you delivered your message was so strong.’
“Look, we’re out of gold buzzers.”
The group seemed momentarily disappointed with the news, but Simon was still talking.
He continued, “But sometimes I just feel like you have to break the rules!”, dramatically pressing the button as gold sparkles rained down on the ecstatic group.
Dec yelled, “I don’t even remember what’s going on” in the chaos of the moment as Simon introduced the series’ seventh golden buzzer.