Simon Cowell gave ITV a nightmare staging Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions because some of the acts are so dangerous.

The channel’s insurance company and officials from health and safety had sleepless nights as they were worried someone might die – leaving them with a big pay out.

TV’s “Mr Nasty” has made no secret that he loves having daredevils on his ITV talent show.

Simon Cowell judges the British and American version of BGT

And he was thrilled when father-and-daughter stunt duo Bello and Annaliese Nock from the USA signed up for his “champions” series which launches tonight.

They perform on a contraption called “the wheel of death”.

Other jaw dropping acts in the series include knife throwing duo Deadly Games (Alfredo and Anna Silva) from Las Vegas, sword swallower Alex Magala from Russia and extreme rollerbladers Billy and Emily from the UK.

Cowell revealed: “I think we’ve seen the most dangerous acts ever on TV in Champions but insurance for the show has been a sore point.

“Put it like this, there have been people from the insurance company and health and safety who haven’t exactly had stress-free evenings during the recording of this series. There are a couple of acts who have pushed the boundaries.”

There have been people from the insurance company and health and safety who haven’t had stress-free evenings during the recording of this series

Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions – which will see ex winners such as Paul Potts and Ashleigh and new performing dog Sully compete against of favourites like Stavros Flatley as well as foreign acts – starts Saturday, August 31, on ITV at 8pm

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