Daily Express

Britain’s got less talent

Show postponed until 2022 because of Covid

- By Nicola Methven

ITV bosses confirmed yesterday they will scrap Britain’s Got Talent this year.

The broadcaste­r and producers admitted defeat, a week after the Express reported the series was likely to be shelved over Covid safety fears.

A statement from them hinted that a big problem was the lack of performers during lockdown restrictio­ns and said the show won’t return until next year.

It said: “Despite everyone at ITV, Thames and Syco doing their best to make it happen, and with our absolute priority of safeguardi­ng the well-being and health of every person involved, the decision has been made to – unfortunat­ely – move the 15th series of Britain’s Got Talent to 2022.”

“BGT is known for its diversity of talent with big dance groups, wonderful choirs and lavish orchestras at its heart, and it has become clear that not only is it not possible to film auditions with these types of acts in a secure way but also that they are not able to adequately rehearse and prepare safely.

“Safety has to come first and, as a result, the recording of the show can’t currently go ahead as planned.”

Last week we reported how children, the elderly and anyone with underlying health conditions could not take part without compromisi­ng the safety guidelines.

Another problem was the need for a live audience. For last year’s live finals, postponed from the spring to autumn, the show used a virtual audience. But it was felt this would not be appropriat­e for the auditions, when so much hinges on how the audience reacts.

Yesterday’s confirmati­on means Simon Cowell, 61, will have been absent from TV screens for two years.

He missed last year’s live finals, won by comedian Jon Courtenay, because he was recovering from a broken back.

His other show,The X Factor, has not aired since 2019.

Earlier this month BGT judge Amanda Holden, who appears on the panel with Simon, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams, along with hosts Ant and Dec, said it would be impossible to make BGT without a live audience.


 ??  ?? BGT team...Hosts Ant and Dec and, above right, David, Amanda, Simon and Alesha
BGT team...Hosts Ant and Dec and, above right, David, Amanda, Simon and Alesha
 ??  ?? Last year’s winner... comedian Jon Courtenay
Last year’s winner... comedian Jon Courtenay

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