2015’s 11 Biggest Live TV Blunders, From Olly Murs’ X Factor Cock-Up To BBC Breakfast’s X-Rated Slip

Olly Murs screwed up big-time on last night’s episode of X Factor, appearing to reveal ahead of schedule who would be leaving the competition and putting the nuts and bolts of the show’s artifice under the spotlight. Murs told contestant Monica Michael she was going home just after the contestants had technically entered a dead heat, at which point cohost Caroline Flack tried to cover up the error with a hasty “No, Olly, she’s not, no, no we’re going to deadlock”.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeZdR7zek14&start=60

At around 1:40 in the above video she crafts the beautiful neologism ‘competenition’ – her feathers presumably ruffled because she has to deliver information everyone already knows – and reads from the envelope that, yes, Monica received the fewest votes and would be going home. An embarrassing cock-up for Murs to make live on TV, yes, but is it the biggest live blunder of 2015? Here are the other contenders…

Bill Turnbull says ‘cunts’ live on BBC Breakfast – July 21
Customers. Clients. Different words, but… strangely similar. Similar enough that, although Bill Turnbull fights with everything he has here, for almost a full second, he still can’t help but say aloud, to more than 1 million viewers, ‘cunts’. That knowing look to camera afterwards, too, is a thing of mischievous glory – almost as if he’s done it for a dare.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liqgFwdjYhQ

Madonna falls over at the BRITS – February 25
This moment was already down as one of the defining moments of BRITS history mere seconds after it happened. During her performance of ‘Living For Love’, Madonna reaches the top of a staircase, attempts to undo her cape, fails, and is yanked several feet to the floor by her dancers, who can’t see what has happened. Like the pro she is, the 57-year-old gets back to her feet and continues singing.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejWgbSpx_Ls

This Morning guest says ‘blow-job’ instead of ‘blow-dry’ – September 24
“Listen… I have a tint and blow-job waiting for me. Nothing would ever cross the fact that her sister’s going to be a police officer.” Author and Prime Suspect screenwriter Lynda La Plante was telling a mundane hairdressing story when she slipped in the phrase ‘blow-job’ and turned it into freestyle nonsense poetry. Presenters Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby just about hold it together, while La Plante half-registers the error but carries on blithely anyway.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHv4KNtH0Ho

BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty refers to Daniel Craig as Craig David – October 22
Sleep deprivation is probably the cause of this slip, with Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty talking about the increased levels of violence in Daniel Craig’s recent James Bond films. Instead of saying Daniel Craig, of course, she says Craig David, and brings on a slew of tweets referencing David’s ‘7 Days’.

Robot appears to say ‘fuck you’ to BBC Breakfast presenters Charlie Stayt and Louise Minchin – September 15
Talking robot Linda’s “Thank you Charlie. Thank you Louise” sounded an awful lot like something else when the AI was saying farewell to the presenters of BBC‘s morning show. The robot rebellion started here, folks.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EA4gnmtPz44

Eastenders actress calls long-standing character Ian Beale by his real name, Adam, on live episode – February 18
The look on Eastenders actress Jo Joyner’s face when she realises what she’s done is quite something to behold. She’d been away from the series for over a year when she brought back her character Tanya Branning for a live episode of the soap – but live has its problems, even for soaps, and instead of asking after the show’s Ian Beale, here she asks after the actor who plays him. A yawning silence follows, and nothing can fill it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urnUjLB6CXY

Bruno Tonioli says ‘bull’s bollocks’ on family show Strictly Come Dancing
‘The dog’s bollocks’ probably isn’t a phrase you’d wheel out at a family gathering, so why longtime judge Bruno Tonioli thought ‘the bull’s bollocks would go down any better on pre-watershed celebrity dancing competition Strictly Come Dancing is perplexing. As he carries on explaining why The Wanted singer Jay McGuinness’ paso doble was so bloody brilliant, his co-hosts cringe noticeably, and presenter Tess Daly is forced to apologise for him getting ‘a little overexcited’.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpgQpuz5w0s

Amanda Holden and David Dickinson talk about Keith Lemon coming through their keyholes – March 16
This Morning has a quality line of euphemisms, as this moment shows. David Dickinson here describes when Keith Lemon came to look round his house for BBC show Through The Keyhole, but his phrasing makes it sound like an unpleasant Halloween trick rather than the filming of a show. “He must be very small”, Amanda Holden snipes, before putting her foot in it herself with, “He’s never coming in my keyhole, let me just say that.”

“Still to come!” yelps a bewildered Phillip Schofield, introducing a segment on pork chops. The whole scene is a thing of beauty.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCnCFT-UOIs

Carole Walker caught brushing her hair on BBC Business Live – August 4
This can’t be presenter Carole Walker’s fault – the timestamp is 08:56 and she’s meant to be presenting the 9am headlines. Still, catching her off-guard four minutes early gives viewers a look into the banality behind the BBC’s reporting sheen. Walker’s literally just sitting there brushing her hair. But when the music plays, she’s straight back to headline-reading mode, with not a flicker of embarrassment. But is there a trace of anger there?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTexarwadH0

MSP Angela Constance asks to start live interview again – November 1
Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Angela Constance, gets so embarrassed about mixing up 2012 with 20,012 on BBC One broadcast Sunday Politics Scotland that she asks to start her answer again, not realising that the interview is actually being sent out live to millions of viewers.