Simon is left 'wed-faced' as couple marry on stage at BGT

Ben and Kerry – the loved-up couple who had been engaged for 16 years – auditioned for the ITV show by trying their luck at breaking the pie-throwing world record, but followed the performance with a wedding.

Ben has arranged for all their friends and family to be in the audience and for a celebrant to be present to marry them.

After telling the audience and judges they had been engaged for almost two decades, Ben surprised his new fiancee by saying they were going to marry on stage at the popular talent show.

But while judge Amanda Holden loved every minute, David Walliams began mocking Simon ahead of his impending wedding to Lauren Silverman. Simon and Lauren became engaged in Barbados at Christmas.

During the performance, Simon was said to look awkward and one onlooker said: “The funniest thing was Simon, who was totally uncomfortable.

“I think he might have thought it was a joke at his expense at first. As the ceremony took place, he was fidgeting in his seat.

“He looked uncomfortable and David was clearly taking the mickey out of him as he has done throughout the auditions this year regarding his engagement.

“Several times, Simon was making hand gestures to the audience, which looked like he wasn’t that interested and wanted to get it over and done with and move on to the next audition. He appeared like he was still not a man that bothered about weddings.”

Judge Alesha Dixon said:”Just when you think this show can’t get any crazier, we have an actual wedding.”

A bemused Simon said: “I don’t know what’s happening any more.”

The popular talent show returns to ITV later this year. Its return comes after a two-year absence due to the pandemic.

Earlier this week, Simon’s brother Tony said their mother Julie, who died in 2015, would have been thrilled to know he was engaged. 

But he added: “I picture her looking down and saying, ‘And about time, Simon.”

Tony added: “Lauren may well favour a glitzy celebrity do. But I’m certain Simon would be happier with a private ceremony.”