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Britain’s Got Talent 2021 postponed due to coronavirus crisis

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Britain's Got Talent judges David Walliams, Alesha Dixon, Simon Cowell and Amanda Holden
The next series won’t be going ahead until later in the year (Picture: ITV/Getty)

The next series of Britain’s Got Talent has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The third lockdown in England, which is set to last until mid-February at the very earliest, has meant filming for next series is unable to go ahead as planned.

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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‘We will confirm revised dates in due course.’

A source added to The Mirror: ‘Safety has to be our priority and it’s simply not feasible or sensible to ask members of the public to travel in order to audition at this time.

Britain's Got Talent judges - David Walliams, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and Ashley Banjo
The live shows were postponed last year (Picture: Dymond/Thames/Syco/REX)

‘While we’d love to make the series and bring some much-needed cheer to the nation in the coming months, it’s just not going to be possible.’

They added: ‘But it’s not all bad news. If the vaccination process goes to plan and we are all closer to normal in the summer, we are very hopeful that we could make the series then. It would be brilliant to have Britain’s Got Talent for the autumn schedule.’

The auditions usually take place in spring, with the episodes airing in April, and the live shows in May.

Britain's Got Talent winner Jon Courtenay
Jon Courtenay was crowned the winner in October (Picture: Rex)

It’s not the first time the talent show has been impacted by the pandemic.

Last year, the live shows, which saw Jon Courtenay crowned the winner, had to be postponed, with the final airing in October, months after what was originally planned.

Simon Cowell was also absent from the judging panel for the live shows, after breaking his back and staying at home in the USA to recuperate.

Instead, Diversity star Ashley Banjo filled in, alongside Amanda Holden, David Walliams and Alesha Dixon.

The pandemic has also affected other shows in a big way, including The Voice, which also had to postpone its live shows.

Strictly Come Dancing was able to go ahead with contestants forming bubbles – although Katya Jones and Nicola Adams had to exit early due to the pro dancer contracting the virus.

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