BRITAIN’S Got Talent fans have complained their children were unable to sleep after watching the show’s terrifying witch last night.
The creepy crone, who stalked the panel handing out apples – one of which exploded in a shower of cockroaches – has been dubbed the series’ scariest act ever.
One viewer complained about the ITV show tweeting: “My kids just came back downstairs crying because they can’t sleep because of the witch.”
They added, alongside a shot of the character cackling: “Britain’s Got Talent done me dirty here!”
Another posted: “Glad that was shown after the watershed. Kids be pooping themselves. My 10 year old was behind a pillow.”
A third shuddered: “I have still got that in my head. Need to watch a other show before I go to bed.”
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The act was so chilling it even scared the grown-ups on the show, with Alesha Dixon fleeing the judges’ desk insisting: “Disgusting. Oh I can’t.”
Ant and Dec, in relative safety in the wings, also looked freaked out with Declan Donnelly telling viewers: “I don’t like it.”
Simon Cowell called the act “horrific” – but despite the protests they voted it through to the next round with a unanimous four yeses.
The act began with the witch appearing on stage, stomping down the steps and handing out apples to each of the judges in turn.
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When it came to Amanda the witch held her wrist and one hand and a gnarled stick in the other.
They cackled: “Do you know why they say beauty’s only skin deep? Because we’re all rotten to the core.”
A third hand then shot out of the witch’s black cloak and grabbed the apple in Amanda’s palm.
It then exploded into a collection of cockroaches and mealworms, which wriggled and crawled around the judges’ desk.
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The character’s true identity was not revealed, with the act captured only: “The Witch, age unknown.”
However, many viewers believe it was the work of the show’s master illusionist Marc Spelmann in a heavy disguise.
He has made two appearances on the show – once as himself and another as the mysterious masked character X back in 2019.