Britain's Got Talent judge Amanda Holden accused one of the show's semi-finalists of "deceit" as the escapologist attempted one of Harry Houdini's most dangerous stunts.
The second round of the live semi-finals took place on Tuesday (May 31) and saw Andrew Basso perform The Water Torture Cell.
The Italian was seen being chained by the arms and the neck and placed in a tank full of water.
The stunt was originally introduced by escape artist Houdini in 1912 and it became a staple of his stage act.
Basso told viewers that he would attempt to escape but would have to figure his way out in the dark and was under water for more than three minutes, getting judges up on their feet.
However, Holden clearly was not impressed with Basso's second performance after his audition in April and was brutally honest as she gave him her feedback.
She said: "Well, there is a lot of work and this is dangerous but I have to say you left me disappointed this evening.
"I feel that your first audition, we were on the edge of our seats, I felt that it was much more intense.
"And I think this evening because of the darkness and because of everything else, we were just sort of left wondering if there was less danger and more deceit going on in that tank," she added as fellow judge Simon Cowell shouted: "Deceit? Like what?"
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However, many fans of the show agreed with her and took to Twitter to comment, with one writing: "Agree with Amanda, once we couldn't see, kinda made it pointless sat there twiddling my thumbs watching a clock #bgt."
Another said: "I know what Amanda means, may well be v dangerous but was boring to watch #bgt."
A third quipped: "I appreciate what escapologists do but it's always the same. Over the top suspense! pretend they have ran out of time. And we couldn't even see what he was doing ffs #bgt."
Basso failed to make it to Sunday's final as hosts Ant and Dec revealed that he didn't secure enough votes.
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