Britain’s Got Talent viewers may have solved how one contestant managed his utterly horrifying act on Saturday night’s first semi-final – or at least how he survived it.
Judges Amanda Holden, David Walliams, Alesha Dixon and Ashley Banjo, who is replacing an injured Simon Cowell, were left on the edge of their seats as James Stott left his life in their hands.
The super dangerous act left many fearing he might be seriously hurt on TV.
But now, some viewers think they have spotted how he pulled it off – or at least something that worked in his favour.
They noticed something towards the end of the performance, that made his box different to the others he wasn’t in – while another theory come off the back of this.
As many noticed the table he was sitting on survived the weight crashing on top of it, others believed they had spotted a secret trap door while – one viewer claimed to notice multiple hidden cards in the assistant’s hand, ready to be picked by the judges.
James initially spoke on a video played on a screen in the studio, and on the stage were five numbered cardboard boxes, one of which he was in.
Above each box was a tonne in weight, rigged on a rope directly above where he might be.
One at a time, each judge had to choose a coloured card which had a number representing each box on the back.
After choosing a card, they were told their number and had to go up to a detonator and press it when ready.
The rigged weight would then be released, and landed on the chosen box crushing it compeltely. The audience began gasping and screaming as each judge released their number.
It came to the final two boxes, with James in one of them, and Ashley had to choose which one to crush.
He went with number two and as he pressed the detonator and crushed that box, suddenly the camera went funny and James was no longer on the screen.
As everyone gasped, the judges and hosts Ant and Dec looked around nervously as nothing happened.
Unsure if James was okay, they were relieved when he suddenly used a knife to cut his way out of the box that had not been crushed.
To prove it wasn’t a set-up, he then pressed the detonator to confirm that the weight above him would have dropped and crushed the box.
But eagle-eyed fans think there was more to it than that, after several began to notice that the table that the box he was in was rested on did not break.
When the other four boxes were crushed, the table went with them and collapsed, while his did not.
Taking to Twitter, viewers speculated there was something about this that was key in proving that he may not have been in danger after all, or that he knew his box would never have been picked by the judges.
One viewer said: “Why was the box he was in the only one that didn’t break the table ! How fake haha.”
Another tweeted: “Got to be a reason his table didn’t collapse.”
A third added: “Why didn’t the table 4 smash to pieces like the others did? The weight just landed on top of the table… Rigged!”
This was echoed by another fan who said: “Why didn’t the weight break the table then.”
Another said: “Interesting that the table that had the box on with the marine in didn’t break but all the others did. Maybe because the weight above his box wasn’t a ton so if it did fall it him in the box it wouldn’t have hurt him?”
Meanwhile, another theory read: “lol see how the last table didn’t break that’s cause there’s trapped door such b*****ks.” this show.”
This doesn’t explain though how he knew the judges wouldn’t have picked his box, but one viewer had this worked out too.
They added: “Maybe that just happened because he’s got shit loads of envelopes in his hand.”
Britain’s Got Talent airs Saturdays at 8pm on ITV.