Girl's snake act charms BGT judges... but terrifies viewers

Posted on 7:46 AM by Sameer Shah

She had taken the stage to deliver an impassioned poem about the protection of endangered species.

But the audience was more worried about seven-year-old Olivia Binfield’s own survival as she performed on Britain’s Got Talent on Saturday with a 6ft boa constrictor called Lucy wrapped around her neck.

Olivia explained that the potentially dangerous animal is a family pet that lives in her house.

Presenters Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly looked nervous, with McPartlin asking: ‘It is kind of wrapping round her head, is that normal?’

After Olivia, from Thanet, Kent, finished her poem, Ant and Dec hurried on stage to speed up the judges’ comments.

Dec said: ‘She is getting strangled by a snake.’

It appears viewers shared their concerns.

Among comments on the Twitter website, one wrote: ‘I can’t actually believe how close that snake came to killing that kid.’

A show spokesman said: ‘The safety and welfare of all our contributors is of paramount importance.’

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