Britain’s Got Talent is one of ITV’s most popular series (Picture: Rex/ITV)
Britain’s Got Talent is one of ITV’s most popular series, and over the years, it has produced an outstanding amount of talented acts, from the likes of Diversity, Susan Boyle, Attraction and The Lost Voice Guy.
The show first began in 2007, and has broadcast 14 series, as well as a spin-off, Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions, in 2019.
Britain’s Got Talent is usually broadcast in the spring on ITV, however, it is notably not going to be on the network’s schedule anytime soon.
So when will Britain’s Got Talent return to our TV screens? Here is all you need to know.
Is Britain’s Got Talent on this year and when it will return?
Britain’s Got Talent will not be broadcast in 2021 (Picture: Getty Images)
Unfortunately, Britain’s Got Talent will not be broadcast this year.
This is due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, with restrictions and safety concerns a main factor.
The show had planned to film auditions in early 2021, but with the UK beginning its third national lockdown, these were first postponed, with bosses hoping they could go ahead later in the year.
However, it was later confirmed that BGT would not air at all in 2021. It will instead return for its 15th series in 2022.
BGT will not return until 2022 (Picture : ITV)
A statement from ITV bosses read: ‘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 in the programme from judges, hosts and contestants to all of the crew and audience, the decision has been made to – unfortunately – move the record and broadcast of 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.’
Who are the Britain’s Got Talent judges?
Simon Cowell missed last year’s BGT live shows after injuring his back (Picture: Rex)
Currently, the judging panel for BGT comprises of Simon Cowell, David Walliams, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon.
As of now, all four are expected to return for the upcoming series in 2022.
Simon was notably absent from the live shows in last year’s series due to a back injury he suffered while at his home in Malibu, California.
Ashley Banjo replaced Simon Cowell on the judging panel for last year’s live shows (Picture: Rex)
The 2021 cancellation means that it will be two years since Simon sat on the BGT judging panel.
Who won Britain’s Got Talent in 2020 and where are they now?
Jon Courtenay won the 2020 series of BGT (Picture: Rex)
Comedian and musician Jon Courtenay was crowned the winner of the most recent series of BGT in 2020.
He is also the first Golden Buzzer act to win the series title, after being sent through to the live shows earlier in the series by Ant and Dec.
Choir Sign Along With Us came in second place, while comedian Steve Royle was named third place.
Jon broke down in tears after being announced the winner (Picture: Rex)
Since winning the series, Jon performed in front of the royal family at the Royal Variety Performance.
He has also since opened up about his health woes, and revealed in January that he had been secretly battling skin cancer while he took part in the competition.
The following month, he revealed he did not tell TV producers about his diagnosis over fears he would be turned into a ‘sob story’.
Jon recently opened up about his secret battle with skin cancer (Picture: ITV)
Speaking to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on This Morning, Jon explained: ‘I know that BGT are making a TV show and it’s almost a cliché now that people have these sob stories when they come on the show, and I didn’t want to be that.
‘I didn’t want it to be about my head. I wanted it to be about he fact I was trying to have this break in my career after 30 years.’
He added: ‘It was really important, I didn’t want the press to suddenly be, “BGT semi-finalist, or whatever, battling.”
‘It would’ve detracted from what I was trying to do, and also I want to make it public to my family and friends. That was a phone thing – I couldn’t have done it in the newspaper or on TV, it would have meant a lot of phone calls and a lot of explanation.’
Britain’s Got Talent will return to ITV in 2022.
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