A topless fire-eater who appeared ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ has been exposed as an ex-porn star.
Tia Brodie appeared on the ITV show last night wearing only circular covers over her breasts, shoes and black knickers as she danced with sticks of burning flame while singing the Kasabian song ‘Fire’.
She was commended on her performance by the show’s judges - Simon Cowell, Amada Holden and Piers Morgan – and put through to the second round of auditions.
Piers Morgan said of 33-year-old Tia’s act: "The question always is, would we like to see more of an act? And I suppose the answer is I would.”
Simon added that he “loved it”, while Amanda called it “a brilliant new way of hair removal on the legs”.
Media campaigners are, however, upset that Tia – who has been a stripper since 2001 and moved to Hollywood in 2005, where she starred in a number of hardcore pornographic films – was allowed to perform on the prime time family show.
Vivienne Pattison of Mediawatch UK told the Daily Mail newspaper: “This show is watched by thousands of children. ITV push the boundaries and push them again. It’s an erosion of standards that we have to resist.”
Tia is not ashamed of her porn past, but said she wants her act to be judged on it’s own merits.
She said: “I stopped all my work in the porn industry in 2008. Being in porn was never a full-time job. My career was really an adult entertainer in the dance scene.
“I’d like people to look at my act as it is now, not what I’ve done in the past. Simon was very, very sweet. Piers had a poker face so I just didn’t know what he was thinking.”
Other acts to appear on the show included a lady Gaga impersonator, a gymnastics troupe called Spellbound and musicians The Arrangement, who performed a medley of pop songs in a classical style.