Popular BGT act will be missing from tonight’s final after controversy

The Britain's Got Talent final will be missing one of the most popular acts of the series.

There will be 11 acts attempting to win the competition and earn a spot at this year's Royal Variety Performance.

However, despite winning the admiration of the judges and viewers at home, The Brotherhood will not be taking part.

The trio of masked magicians had been scheduled to perform on Friday night's semi-final, but on Thursday they announced they were "truly gutted" to have to withdraw from the contest.

They were replaced by Libby and Charlie, who went on to gain a place in Sunday's final by being chosen as the judges' wildcard.

A spokesperson for BGT confirmed to the Mirror: "The Brotherhood have had to withdraw from the Britain's Got Talent Live Semi-Finals. Libby and Charlie will now be performing on Friday night's show. "

The daredevil magic act are said to have sparked concern with TV bosses by the contents of their death-defying performance.

In their audition, they got Dec Donnelly up on stage to play a game of Russian roulette with samurai swords.

But they never got to show the world their semi-final performance after it was deemed too risky.

A TV source told the Mirror: "The health and safety of all the performers is a huge priority to the show and producers will only allow acts to take part who they are certain are adequately prepared."

After the news that they would not be taking part in the semi-final broke on Thursday night, The Brotherhood took to Instagram to release a statement.

They said: "We’ve learned to stay humble in the good times and humble in defeat. We’ve worked for the last 4 months on an act so ambitious and out there that we’ve put our sanity, blood, sweat, fire and tears on the line.

"Through circumstance and bad luck out of our hands sadly we aren’t in a position where we can deliver what we set out to do. It kills me that we’ve failed and that we will no longer be in 2019’s @bgt competition.

"We are truly gutted that we won’t get to be in the fight but we aimed for the stars and fell short.

"It’s been an absolutely incredible ride for BGT this year and I wish all the acts still In the competition the best of luck and success and that a magic act can bring home the crown again.

"If we’ve taken anything from this, it’s that collectively YOU can achieve great things, no matter what’s in front of you. No matter what is happening in the world, the power of friendship and dreaming big is a powerful thing.

"Thank you to each and every single person that messaged us (both the love and the hate)- you’ve made us smile and proud. 4 yes’s and 2.6 million views on YouTube makes this crazy ride worth it.
Big love. See you soon."

The Brotherhood then revealed some teaser videos from their death-defying act that was banned.

The first clip showed one of the illusionists tied-up and locked inside a cage surrounded by flames.

Another one saw a second performer submerged in a tank of water, while a third member of the group was tied up in chains.

The rehearsal snapshots gave a glimpse as to why the act may have been considered too risky for the live family show.

*Britain's Got Talent airs tonight on ITV at 7.30pm

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