Britain’s Got Talent 2018 start date revealed

It's coming very soon!

Britain's Got Talent

by Alex Ross |
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With Easter over and The Voice UK and Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway coming to an end this weekend, it can mean only one thing... the return of Britain's Got Talent!

After months of speculation about when the show will return, bosses at ITV have confirmed the official start date for the popular talent show and it's very soon.

Taking to the official BGT Twitter account, it was revealed the show will return to ITV on Saturday 14th April in the prime slot of 8pm. The tweet read, 'We CANNOT wait for the new series to start! Not long now... 🤗 🎉 🌟#BGT'. [sic]

The show will kick off with the usual audition rounds, showing some of the best (and worst) talent Britain has to offer in the bumper one hour and 25 minute episode.

Last week, fans of the show were teased when ITV released the brand new trailer for the show, featuring judges Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and David Walliams.

Watch the trailer below:

As the audition rounds of the show were filmed earlier this year, both Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly will appear on the show for the first few episodes.

However, as Ant has stepped down from all TV duties and has gone back into rehab, it is unclear if Dec will present the semi-final and final episodes on his own.

Fans have called for Dec to host the show on his own after he took to the stage alone on Saturday Night Takeaway last weekend. Despite looking nervous at the beginning of the show, Dec showed his true professionalism and didn't put a foot wrong despite presenting without Ant for the first time in his career.

Dec Donnelly
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Following the show, Dec thanked his fans for their love and support on Twitter. He wrote, 'Thanks for all your lovely messages tonight, they are VERY much appreciated, I’m glad you enjoyed the show. I didn’t sleep an awful lot last night so I’m off to bed! Night y’all. D x' [sic]

The brand new series of Britain's Got Talent will be the 12th series of the popular show. 2017 saw pianist Tokio Myers win the show, after beating the likes of magician Issy Simpson and comedian Daliso Chaponda in the final.

Tokio, real name Torville Jones, won the show after impressing audiences with his rendition of Ed Sheeran's track 'Bloodstream', Rihanna's 'Diamonds' and Rag'nBone Man's 'Human'.

In total 11 acts have won the show, see all of the past Britain's Got Talent winners below:


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Paul Potts1 of 13
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Paul Potts

Paul Potts won the very first show in 2007 with his hugely impressive singing abilities.

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George Sampson

Break dancer George Sampson won the show in 2008 at the age of just 14-years-old.

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Dance group Diversity won the show in 2009, with Ashley Banjo going on to become a TV presenter.

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The 2010 series also saw a dance group win in the form of Spellbound, pictured here performing with singer Katherine Jenkins that year.

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Jai McDowall

Singer Jai McDowall won the show in 2011.

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Ashleigh and Pudsey

Dog performing act Ashleigh and Pudsey were winners of the 2012 series. However, Pudsey sadly passed away in July 2017.

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Another dance group won over the public in 2013, as Attraction used shadows and puppets to create beautiful spectacles - pictured here with Terry Crews.

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Singing group Collabro wowed viewers in 2014 with their performances of musical theatre songs.

Jules and Matisse9 of 13
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Jules and Matisse

Britain's Got Talent saw its second dog act winner in 2015 with Jules and Matisse.

Richard Jones10 of 13
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Richard Jones

Magician Richard Jones won the hearts of the nation in 2016.

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Tokio Myers

Pianist and music producer Tokio Myers won the show in 2017, pictured here with BGT judge Amanda Holden.

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Lost Voice Guy

Lost Voice Guy, real name Lee Ridley, won in 2018.

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Colin Thackery

Colin Thackery won Britain's Got Talent in 2019.

The brand new series of Britain's Got Talent starts on ITV at 8pm on Saturday 14th April.

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