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Singer who dreamed of performing a tribute song to the Queen on Britain’s Got Talent is suing show’s producers Fremantle Media for £85m compensation after his audition was scrapped because of Covid


A singer who planned to perform a tribute song to the Queen on Britain’s Got Talent is suing for more than £85million compensation after his audition was scrapped.

Robert Aslanyan, a singer and keyboard player, trekked from Manchester to Cardiff with his family, pals and three technical assistants with the dream of winning a chance to perform his royal tribute song ‘Our Mother Queen’ live on BGT and scooping the £250,000 cash jackpot.

In addition to carefully crafting his tune, Mr Aslanyan also contacted the Queen’s office to inform her about his act and to ‘ask for her blessings’ – duly receiving a latter of appreciation from Balmoral Castle in August 2020.

But Mr Aslanyan says he was left dejected and disappointed when, on his arrival at the Sophia Garden Hall audition centre in December 2020, security guards informed him that all auditions had been cancelled due to Covid.

Mr Aslanyan says no member of the BGT staff contacted him to warn that the event was being scrapped before he set out on the 186-mile road trip.

Robert Aslanyan is suing the producers of Britain's Got Talent after his audition was scrapped in December 2020 due to Covid restrictions

Robert Aslanyan is suing the producers of Britain’s Got Talent after his audition was scrapped in December 2020 due to Covid restrictions

Mr Aslanyan had travelled from Manchester to Cardiff for an audition, when he was informed by security guards that it was cancelled

Mr Aslanyan had travelled from Manchester to Cardiff for an audition, when he was informed by security guards that it was cancelled

Mr Aslanyan dreamt of performing his song 'Our Mother Queen' in tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

Mr Aslanyan dreamt of performing his song ‘Our Mother Queen’ in tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

The singer planned to perform his royal tribute song in front of the BGT judges and audience

The singer planned to perform his royal tribute song in front of the BGT judges and audience

He and his entourage had set out ‘fully dressed and equipped with keyboard and all necessary tools’ and says he suffered ‘financial loss’ as a result of his wasted trip.

But the bulk of his huge damages bid is based on his claim he also lost out on a lucrative musical and marketing contract due to BGT’s cancellation of his audition – and their subsequent failure to give a definite decision about a fresh audition, costing him potential earnings of around £85million.

He said he had signed a contract under which a company named as LTOE Trade Ltd agreed to market his work as a musical project titled ‘Britannia, Britannia’, but says the deal foundered due to his inability to launch his song on the show. 

Series 15 of Britain’s Got Talent was planned to air in 2021, but was postponed after producers decided to delay filming until January 2022, amid concerns over how to safely produce the show during the pandemic.

The contract between Mr Aslanyan and LTOE stipulated that he would perform his song ‘Our Mother Queen’ in front of the BGT judges and audience, while at the same time covering the entire stage with a mural daubed in the words ‘Britannia, Britannia’.

And although LTOE later offered him another chance to ‘prove his ability’ at the BGT 16 show in 2022, this new potential deal ended up being scrapped due to the outbreak of the Ukraine/Russia war, he says.

Mr Aslanyan is now suing Fremantle Media Ltd – the makers of BGT – for £85,252,341 compensation, which includes the loss of his contract, the loss of a chance to win the BGT grand prize, the cost of his trip to Cardiff and a £66 Tesco food bill for his entourage on the day of the trip.

BGT's producer Fremantle's lawyer insisted the show had not breached any of its obligations to Mr Aslanyan

BGT’s producer Fremantle’s lawyer insisted the show had not breached any of its obligations to Mr Aslanyan

Mr Aslanyan is now suing Fremantle Media Ltd - the makers of BGT - for £85,252,341 compensation

Mr Aslanyan is now suing Fremantle Media Ltd – the makers of BGT – for £85,252,341 compensation

His compensation claim also takes in ‘basic damages for moral pain and suffering, hurt feelings and loss of confidence’.

Mr Aslanyan claims the BGT team breached its terms of contact, and left him hanging by failing to reach any final decision about whether he was entitled to carry on with his application after the December 2020 cancellation and get a proper audition.

He insists he received no response after twice contacting senior staff for an update on his application in early 2021 and to decide on videos he had sent in.

‘It was the defendant’s duty to send a notice to the claimant that in-person auditions were cancelled in Cardiff due to some reasons,’ he said.

‘Moreover, it was the defendant’s duty to inform Mr Aslanyan in addition with the new date, time and place of in-person auditions, if such were available and were conducted.

‘If not, then it was the defendant’s duty to maintain his video submissions, process them, review them fairly and to come up with objective and justified decision.

‘That would allow the claimant to continue his participation in the programme and audition in front of BGT Judges, and to get their decision yes or no..’

However the programme maker’s barrister Mark Wilden, denied that the company owed Mr Aslanyan a penny in compensation.

He says: ‘A substantial number of competitors enter each series of BGT. This number is typically in the region of 10,000 competitors per series. Only a small proportion of competitors proceed at each stage of auditions.

Mr Aslanyan said he received no response from senior production staff after twice asking for an update

Mr Aslanyan said he received no response from senior production staff after twice asking for an update

‘To the best of the defendant’s knowledge, the claimant applied to compete in at least the last four series of BGT under six separate applications. The claimant was invited to attend at least five open in-person auditions and attended three.

‘For each of the claimant’s applications, the respective BGT producers acted within the terms applicable to the relevant BGT series at all times.

‘The decision of whether each competitor proceeds to judges’ auditions is made solely by one or more BGT producers appointed by the defendant and is made entirely at their unfettered discretion.

‘The claimant seeks to imply obligations into a contract between the parties which do not and never did form part of any such contract. The defendant never owed the alleged obligations and accordingly there could have been no breach.

‘The facts as pleaded do not demonstrate breach by the defendant of any such duty, or of any lawfully enforceable duty.

‘The entire claim is liable to be struck out…because it discloses no reasonable grounds for bringing the claim.’

The dispute has yet to reach court – with no date fixed for a trial.



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