Petition launched for St Patrick's Choir to be named BGT Wild Card entry
A petition has been launched online calling for St Patrick's Junior Choir from Co Down to be named the Wild Card entry for this weekend's Britain's Got Talent Final.
The group of children missed out on a spot in the Final after they performed a rendition of Katy Perry's Roar live on the show on Monday night.
However, the performance was initially halted by presenters Ant and Dec who explained they were having technical difficulties with the backing track, before allowing the children to continue moments later.
Despite the children confidently carrying on, many people took to social media to claim they could hear voices on the backing track and suggested the group were miming on the show.
The choir received great feedback from judges Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and David Walliams, but failed to make it through the public vote.
A petition on change.org is now calling for the school to be made the judges' Wild Card entry, saying the children were put at a disadvantage because people assumed they were miming following the technical glitch.
The post reads: "On the 29th May, during the first of the live semi-finals, someone in the technical team of Britain's Got Talent made a mistake and St Patrick's Choir, who were up first, experienced a technical fault.
"The technical fault resulted in music being played with voices being heard singing and within minutes people were taking to Twitter accusing the choir of miming, which is just not right and is unfair.
"As an obvious consequence, it is more than likely that the general public did not vote for the choir as they thought that foul play was at hand. It was not."
The post continues: "This choir, with each of its members had worked extremely hard to prepare for this competition and the same people had won School Choir of The Year last year, so they are evidently extremely talented, focused and driven. They delivered an outstanding performance on the night and you could see each of their little personalities shine through, so please support them to be brought back.
"This has been an arduous journey for the children and they should be given the wild card which is available to all the judges, for one act in the final. Please support this."
The petition was set up by tutor Olga Lynch on Tuesday following the show.
"I really felt for the kids as I was watching it, I think the technical issues really took away from their whole performance which is heartbreaking because they are clearly very talented," she said.
"Why would the children be miming when everyone else was performing live? That would make no sense.
"I just feel like a huge opportunity was taken away from them through no fault of their own and it should be fixed."
The Britain's Got Talent final will take place on Saturday when the judges Wild Card entry will be announced.
Belfast Telegraph Digital