Britain’s Got Talent 2018: Start date, judges and all you need to know

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Britain's Got Talent returns for its 12th series this Saturday to fill the showbiz void of Saturday night TV after The Voice finished last weekend.

Thousands of contestants across the country audition to try and impress the judges by showing off their impressive or not so impressive talents, hoping that one of them will press the holy golden buzzer.

This is everything we know about the upcoming series:

When and where is Britain's Got Talent on TV?

Britain's Got Talent starts on Saturday the 14th April 2018 at 8pm on ITV! The opening show will be on for an hour and 25 minutes, get the snacks ready!

The opening episodes will give us a glimpse of the upcoming contestants during the audition stages of the show!

Who are the judges for Britain's Got Talent 2018?

Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, David Walliams and Alesha Dixon all return for the 12th season of BGT! The judges released the new trailer for the upcoming series at the end of last month!

Check it out:

Who are the presenters of Britain's Got Talent 2018?

Ant and Dec have been the hosts since the very beginning, but there was rumours that Ant would be cut from the show following his drink driving arrest!

However it was confirmed that both Ant and Dec will appear in the auditions stage of the show. Also both Ant and Dec are notably missing in the new promotion for the upcoming series with no feature in the promotional video or photographs. Hmm.

BUT! ITV have now confirmed, that Dec will be presenting the Britain's Got Talent live shows on his own.

Ant and Dec

Who presents Britain's Got More Talent and when is it on?

Stephen Mulhern returns to host the after show BGMT, which will air directly after the main show but on ITV2 at 9:25!

The after show host recently revealed that there was going to be a "big twist" in this years show, revealing a "Russian Roulette" styled game with the judges often forgetting they have their microphones on backstage. Oops.

Mulhern has also predicted his winner of this years show already! Talking to Radio Times he said "I'm going to make a prediction- I think a variety act is going to win this year." Interesting.

The_Britain's Got Talent_ page has just shared a clip of what to expect from the host on the after show: Although Ant and Dec are absent from the annual clip but all judges feature. A noticeable line in Mulhern's sketch is him rapping " Ant and Dec will have to lump it."

Watch it here:

Who are the contestants of Britain's Got Talent 2018?

As with all series of Britain's Got Talent, nobody knows who the contestants are and who will be involved in the show. However, over the past week, BGT's socials having been posting photos of what appear to be contestants of the upcoming series.

Take a look here:

What is the prize for winning Britain's Got Talent?

Last year's prize was a whopping £250,000 along with an appearance at the Royal Variety Performance. So you know, if you apply and win, you could be performing for a member of the British Royal Family, just a normal day, right?

Who won Britain's Got Talent 2017?

Musician Tokio Myers beat young magician Issy Simson in the final of last year's BGT with his emotion filled rendition of Rag 'n' Bone Man's Human. Tokio joined the likes of Diversity, George Sampson and Paul Potts as winners of the talent show.

But who will join the list of winners at the end of this series?

Have a look at all previous winners below:


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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.

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Jules and Matisse

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

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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.

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