Despite only being the first semi-final of the series, Britain's Got Talent has already been plagued by fix and cheating claims from the viewers at home.

Sunday night's episode saw St Patrick's Junior Choir Drumgreenagh face a technical problem, which meant that they were out of time with the backing track.

The 36-strong group of kids had previously sung 'Somewhere Only We Know' by Keane in the audition, but Ant and Dec looked worried and called a stop to the performance after the school choir of eight to 12-year-olds didn't start singing.

Here's the moment it all happened:

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People quickly took to Twitter to blast the choir after they heard vocals on the backing track.

The choirmaster has now spoken out in a interview with Radio Ulster, and didn't really have time for the controversy at all.

Patricia McCaughey said,

I know we had a little hitch at the beginning, but it's live TV. It happens to the greatest artists in the world. Adele, I think, at the Grammys - there was a technical hitch there too and she had to stop and start again.
We managed to regroup.

I don't think [the children] even realised anything in particular was wrong. They just knew their little introduction hadn't been played so they stood there and waited.

Then they realised the section that was playing wasn't what they were waiting for.

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Instead, McCaughey focused on how hard the kids have been working, and how they felt after the performance. She obviously doesn't even want to entertain the idea.

They're a little bit tired but they had an amazing day. They were absolutely spoiled doing little interviews, and they met so many different people. They had a fabulous time. The ultimate was on the stage performing for a very, very appreciative audience from the judges and Alfie Boe, who commented backstage how impressed he was with them.
Well, there you have it. Mystery solved? Meh, we don't know.

Jade Moscrop

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