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Britain’s Got Talent act plays surprisingly good tunes using a straw

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Who knew straws made such great instruments? (Picture: ITV/Rex)

Just when you think you’ve seen everything on Britain’s Got Talent, something new comes along to surprise you – like a man playing songs on drinking straws.

Hasan Minawi, a 48-year-old music teacher by day, surprised the audience when the instrument he brought along to play was a series of plastic straws.

The contestant pulled out a drinking straw with several holes cut into it, baffling the audience with what he was about to do.

While it clearly would make for a terrible implement for drinking with, a straw with several holes can apparently make some surprisingly tuneful sounds.

Hasan kicked off his performance by playing My Heart Will Go On from Titanic through the modified straw to laughter from the audience.

The judges weren’t quite sure what the tiny instrument Hasan had produced from his pocket was, so hosts Ant and Dec had to go on stage to verify that the incredible sounds were being made on a straw.

We’d love to know how he discovered this talent (Picture: Dymond/Thames/Syco/REX)

Proving he’d fashioned some impressive instruments from the straws, Hasan then segued into a bagpipe medley of Scotland The Brave with three more straws in the side of his mouth.

A spirited rendition of La Bamba had the crowds dancing along with him before he finally took his bow in front of the audience.

David Walliams told him: ‘Hasan, well done. How long have you been playing the straw?’

What will Simon Cowell think of the performance? (Picture: Dymond/Thames/Syco/REX)

Simon Cowell dissolved into giggles as he said: ‘This is something we weren’t expecting or have seen before!’

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But will the judges think playing the straw is an impressive enough talent to perform in front of royalty and put him through, or is it too much of a gimmick to get Hasan through to the live finals?

Britain’s Got Talent airs on Saturday at 8pm on ITV.

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Amanda Holden says BGT blunders happen by ‘fake circumstance’

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Amanda Holden admits Britain’s Got Talent blunders happen by ‘fake circumstance’ (Picture: REX)

Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden has confessed shocking moments on the panel happen by ‘fake circumstance’.

While the contestants are supposed to bring the main moments to the programme, sometimes it’s the judges who steal the show with their hilarious reactions and commentaries on what is happening on stage.

If it’s not David Walliams flirting his way onto Simon Cowell’s lap, then we can almost guarantee that viewers will pick up on a stray comment said by the celebs inbetween acts.

Amanda herself has even made headlines after swearing live on air during one heck of a creepy performance.

And now the star has addressed their wild moments when chatting to The Sun’s Bizarre TV Column.

She told the publication: ‘Even though I am really open and very much myself most of the time, it’s a fake circumstance when you’re sitting on a panel and judging.

The judges offer up their fair share of entertainment (Picture: REX)

‘I’m very aware of myself and what I should say next. Sometimes I pretend I’m not and I’m outrageous, and I’m like, “Oh I had no idea I was going to say that”, or my boob pops out, “I had no idea that was going to happen!”‘

The mum-of-two added: ‘You have circumstances where you know what you’re doing and the situation is always ongoing, so you are always aware.’

However, as the judges never fail to entertain, it was actually one of the acts this week that left viewers absolutely floored.

Christian Wedoy took to the stage for his jaw-dropping act, where he locked himself in a glass tank full of water, and tried to escape before running out of breath.

Luckily for the magician, he can hold his breath for around nine minutes, but this didn’t stop us from panicking while watching his death defying act.

When talking with Metro.co.uk after his episode aired, he explained how things almost went wrong during his live audition.

‘It’s not the longest I have held my breath, but before BGT I had a cold so I couldn’t train for a month,’ Christian explained.

‘It was difficult to hold me breath at that point, but I can do it for longer, my record is nine minutes.

‘As soon as you start moving, the time you can hold your breath drops significantly.’

Britain’s Got Talent continues next Saturday at 8pm on ITV.

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Britain’s Got Talent’s Lioz Shem Tov appeared on America’s Got Talent

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Lioz Shem Tov previously performed for Simon Cowell in America (Picture: ITV)

Britain’s Got Talent act Lioz Shem Tov has previously performed for judge Simon Cowell on America’s Got Talent, as well as appearing on the Australian spin-off too.

Viewers were in stitches tonight as mentalist Lioz engaged in a comedic act, roping in Amanda Holden for a very tongue-in-cheek performance as the perhaps the worst illusionist we’ve ever seen.

Even during the performance, Simon seemed to recognise the man stood before and commented, ‘I think he’s performed for me in America.’

And, in actual fact, he has.

Lioz performed for the judges on both America’s Got Talent and Australia’s Got Talent in 2018 and 2019 respectively.

He even made it to the live finals of the Aussie spin-off the show, so we know he’s certainly got the goods to go far in the competition.

Impressing everyone with his hilarious act, Lioz got four yeses from David Walliams, Alesha Dixon, Simon and a very confused Amanda, who was holding a pink bag with a banana peel at the time. Very glam.

Elsewhere on tonight’s show, viewers were enthralled as an underwater escape act very nearly drowned in a death-defying stunt.

Christopher Weber was submerged underwater for over four minutes as David Walliams attempted to help free him, choosing multiple wrong keys to un-pick a lock.

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Christopher and his assistant Hans thankfully survived, and got four yeses to proceed to the next round – but some fans were catching their breath after the shocking scenes

‘That was bloody close,’ one commented and we have to agree.

A 10-year old singer also blew the audience both at home in the show away after she brought down the house with a rousing Greatest Showman cover.

Britain’s Got Talent continues next Saturday at 8pm on ITV.

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