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Simon Cowell dodges knife in Britain's Got Talent audition

Britain's Got Talent auditions were held in Birmingham over the weekend Credit: Katja Ogrin/EMPICS Entertainment

Simon Cowell had a near miss after volunteering to take part in a knife-throwing act which went wrong during a "Britain's Got Talent" audition in Birmingham.

The boss of the show offered to take part as an 11 year-old contestant's assistant during a heat at the weekend.

The former-X Factor judge stood against a wooden board as the knives were thrown.

The first comfortably missed his body but the second nearly hit the media mogul's shoulder, bouncing off the board and hitting the floor.

Cowell chose to retire after that and shook the boy's hand before leaving the stage.

Fellow judge, Amanda Holden, told the boy, called Edward, "You nearly killed Simon!"

Fellow panellist, David Walliams, added "How much would I have to pay you to throw the knife a little bit nearer?"

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Midlands hopeful wants to share his singing at BGT

A young Britain's Got Talent hopeful from the Midlands hopes he gets his chance to share his singing with the country after today's auditions in Birmingham.

Harrison Grigg, from Market Overton in Rutland, will sing Alexandra Burke's 'Hallelujah' for his audition, and the 12-year-old says he is nervous ahead of his performance.

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Britain's Got Talent auditions open in Birmingham

Auditions for TV's Britain's Got Talent open in Birmingham today, with thousands of people expected to queue up for their shot at stardom.

Britain's Got Talent is in Birmingham today Credit: Danny Lawson/PA

Open auditions will be held at the ICC from today until Wednesday in a bid to find the next big showbiz talent.

Arisxandra's BGT finals performance: in pictures

Friends of Arisxandra Libanto gathered at her school to watch her performance last night Credit: ITV News Central
Friends of Arisxandra Libanto gathered at her school to watch her performance last night Credit: ITV News Central
Friends of Arisxandra Libanto gathered at her school to watch her performance last night Credit: ITV News Central
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