BGT group Four Corners in favouritism row after it's revealed their choreographer worked for sister show The X Factor
11:29 GMT, 11 April 2012
Britain's Got Talent dance group Four Corners has been caught up in a favouritism row after it was revealed their choreographer has also worked on The X Factor.
Dean Lee is known to Simon Cowell's executives as a dancer on the sister show and its UK tour last year.
He is also said to have assisted choreographer Brian Friedman in putting together dance routines for contestants.
Controversy: Britain's Got Talent dance group have been caught up in a favouritism row after it was revealed their choreographer also worked as a dancer on sister show, X Factor
Dean, who has also danced for the Pussycat Dolls, Janet
Jackson and JLS, is then reported to have coached the 16-member BGT
troupe which blew the judges away on Saturday's episode.
The only female member, redheaded Yasmin Crotch took centre stage as the 15 boys moved around her to Rihanna's Only Girl In The World.
An insider told the Daily Mirror:
'There are rumblings of discontent from other acts that show staff know
the choreographer and that this could prove beneficial as the
The two shows are both made by Talkback Thames and several staff work on both ITV productions.
Yesterday a spokesman for the show told the newspaper that Four Corners had got through to the next round fairly.
On fire! The only girl member, Yasmin Crotch took centre stage as 15 boys dance around her to Rihanna's Only Girl In The World
said: 'To claim that this gives the group any advantage is ridiculous
and totally untrue. The fact is that Four Corners is a fantastic act and
viewers will see this for themselves on the show. The group have got
where they are on their own merits.'
A BGT source insisted that bosses did not known Dean had been a backing dancer on The X Factor when the group
auditioned, but found out last week.
'Four Corners were
discovered by a researcher looking at YouTube – nothing to do with the
choreographer. Going forward we can assure that this does not give them
Well done! The group wowed the judges, David Walliams, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and Simon Cowell
The drama comes after circus act Doktor
Haze and The Circus of Horrors performed at BGT auditions last year and
it was later revealed they had once appeared on show hosts Ant and Dec’s
own show Saturday Night Takeaway.
It comes after act Doktor Haze performed at BGT auditions last year after appearing on Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway
BGT bosses said at the time that it was the show’s judges who put the acts through, not the hosts.
The Voice is still beating BGT in the ratings battle, pulling an average of 9.45 million viewers.
It was watched by nearly four million more viewers in the 20-minute crossover period between 8pm and 8.20pm.
Meanwhile, Yasmin has vowed to make the group's routine more sexy if they return to the programme.
She told the Daily Star: 'If we get to perform again we need to up our game.
'After our dance to Rihanna's Only Girl in the World everyone is now asking – how do you top that
'Will we be raunchy Well, we like to be sexy in a different way. I think topless boys would be a hit.'
She added that she would like to recruit judge David Walliams to join the group.
'David is welcome to take on my role any time. I think that would be wicked.'
The comedian had joked after the audition that he would like to improve their performance by putting himself in the group.
He said: 'I think you'd be better if I was in the middle.'