Paul Potts has called the Britain's Got Talent 's Champions show "fixed" as the running order meant he'd never get the golden buzzer.
The opera singer, 48, who won BGT in 2007, was booted off the reality show in the first episode after failing to score enough votes from fans at Wembley Arena.
The judges could have saved him with a golden buzzer, but he was on last so Amanda Holden was unable to help as she'd used up her pass on another act.
During an appearance on BBC Radio Wales, Paul admitted the running order definitely played a part in his unfortunate exit.
He said: "It's a bit awkward if you're last on. Because I think a lot of people might have thought it was fixed if it was left to the end…
"Once I knew the running order was going to be I knew I wasn't going to get a golden buzzer cos they're not going to give it to the last person.
"They'd have to change the order so they deliberately left it to the end."
Paul added that he was disappointed not to have made it past the first round, but insisted he was just happy to be back on the show.
He said: "I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a bit diasappointed….
"But Britain's Got Talent has given me the career I have. I was very happy to be back in front of the judges..
"It was great to be back in the show…"
Amanda previously revealed the audience members with the power to vote were hand-picked by producers out of around 10,000 fans who packed into the venue to watch the pre-recorded episode being filmed.
She she was surprised that Paul got dumped, but insisted she can't disagree with the decision of the voters because its their choice.
During her appearance on Heart Radio , she said: "I was stunned by the voting, as I said on Saturday.
"He is our first ever Britain's Got Talent champion, he is an absolute trooper, a gorgeous man, very talented.
"But then you can never argue with people who are voting… if I say I thought it was terrible [the decision], I'm thinking that I'm obviously denying [them their voice].
"There are 250 people in the audience that have the opportunity to vote, there are 10,000 actually watching the show at Wembley, but 250 people producers picked to represent the public.
"He had nothing to be disappointed about – he was absolutely brilliant, he brought the house down and I'm stunned he didn't go through."
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