Live TV stunt goes horribly wrong

PARAMEDICS were primed to save Britain's Got Talent star Matt Johnson's life after he was forced to gesture for help during his life-threatening performance.

The escapologist spent two minutes with his head locked in a box filled with water, unable to take a breath.

He had failed to get out at the "safe" time of one minute 45 seconds so medics walked on stage ready to intervene, The Sun reports.

By two minutes Matt had to beckon for a metal pole that helped him escape at two minutes and 21 seconds.

Paramedics were on standby to intervene. Picture: ITV
Paramedics were on standby to intervene. Picture: ITV

The dangerous stunt saw him secured in a solid steel box with padlocks, chains around his body and handcuffs on his wrists.

All four judges looked horrified by the act, with Simon Cowell branding him a "lunatic".

David Walliams said: "This is the perfect act for anyone who wants to watch someone drown. I was really worried for you when the paramedic came on."

Matt was secured in a solid steel box with padlocks, chains around his body and handcuffs on his wrist. Picture: ITV
Matt was secured in a solid steel box with padlocks, chains around his body and handcuffs on his wrist. Picture: ITV

Amanda Holden, who leapt out of her chair when Matt was finally released from the box, said: "Oh my God I really hate it, I hold my breath with you for the whole thing. I basically nearly passed out myself.

"It's exciting to watch - you're very brave and I'm glad you're still alive."

Viewers were left furious when - despite risking his life for the variety show - Matt failed to get a space in the final.

Despite the dangerous stunt Matt didn’t make it through to the final. Picture: ITV
Despite the dangerous stunt Matt didn’t make it through to the final. Picture: ITV

One said: "How did Matt Johnson not get through? He actually brought excitement and danger to this pathetic show for once, but the sad British public ruins it."

Another added: "I'm sorry but Matt Johnson absolutely smashed it, was one of my faves from the beginning and should defo have been in the final."

This story first appeared on The Sun and has been republished here with permission.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matt was finally released from the box after two minutes and 21 seconds. Picture: ITV
Matt was finally released from the box after two minutes and 21 seconds. Picture: ITV
Simon Cowell labelled Matt Johnson a “lunatic”. Picture: ITV
Simon Cowell labelled Matt Johnson a “lunatic”. Picture: ITV


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