A Chinese acrobatic couple left audience members and judges in awe following their standout performance last Saturday on Britain’s Got Talent; however, their incredible display of grace, skill and strength was soon marred by questions of whether they should have been allowed up on stage at all.
Gao Lin and Liu Xin, both from Beijing, have previously appeared on China’s Got Talent, as well as Asia’s Got Talent where they made it all the way to finals, with Gao proposing to Liu on stage, only to be beaten by a shadow puppet act from the Philippines.
Looking to avenge that lost, the married couple showed off their amazing acrobatic skills to a new nation on the popular British talent show over the weekend.
After finishing their performance with their most incredible move, featuring Liu standing tip-toe on her husband’s shoulders, the pair received a standing ovation from the crowd and dumbfounded praise from the judges.
Watch their incredible performance below:
But the cheers were soon followed by controversy as rumors started swirling around that Gao and Liu should not technically have been allowed to perform. According to the talent show’s rules, all contestants “must have the right to live and work in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man or Republic of Ireland.” The Chinese couple arrived on non-working visa.
However, a BGT spokesperson later told The Sun that in fact the rules had actually been changed a few years back, but had not been updated on the website, meaning that the duo were technically allowed on the show.
The spokesperson called it “a case of cock-up rather than conspiracy,” adding that if the couple do win the grand prize of £250,000, they will be able to take it back home to China without having to change their visas.
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