Britain’s Got Talent postponed due to latest COVID-19 restrictions

Filming for the 15th series was due to start at the end of January


by Hannah Farrell |
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ITV bosses have announced that the latest series of Britain’s Got Talent has been postponed due to the latest government health guidelines, in order to prioritise the well-being of everyone involved with the production of the hit show.

In a statement released today (7 January), an ITV spokesperson said, “The filming for the 15th series of Britain's Got Talent has been postponed from its proposed record dates in late January.”

"With the announcement of the latest Government health guidelines and with our priority of safeguarding the well-being of everyone involved in our programmes we, together with the production teams at Thames and Syco, have taken the decision to move the record and broadcast of the forthcoming series.”

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The spokesperson then added that revised filming dates will be announced in due course, depending on when current restrictions are relaxed.

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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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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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Singer Jai McDowall won the show in 2011.

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

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

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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, real name Lee Ridley, won in 2018.

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Colin Thackery

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It’s important to note that in the latest announcement made by the Government this week, film and TV production is allowed to go ahead due to COVID secure protocols put in place by production companies.

However due to BGT’s format this is too big of a challenge for bosses without changing the show, as hundreds of people are involved in auditions which can have up to 20 acts trying out for the show each day.

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In addition to this, acts travel from all over Britain and the world to audition for the show, therefore ITV has said ‘it isn’t viable to have all those people moving around and travelling to London to film.’

The hit show which is presented by Ant and Dec, is famous for its choirs, dance groups and orchestras and with current Government guidelines in place it is not possible to film auditions with these types of acts who make up a bulk of the show.

Safety always comes first, but fingers crossed it isn’t long until filming can start and until BGT is back on the TV! 🤞

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