Britain’s Got Talent cancelled as ITV axe flagship show until 2022

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Britain's Got Talent will not return to screens until 2022 at the earliest, it has been confirmed.

ITV's flagship weekend show has been axed for the year after ITV bosses realised they couldn't make it work as the global coronavirus pandemic rages.

Execs wanted it back in 2021 but have now admitted defeat.

In a statement, the producers said: “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.

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"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."

They had hoped that auditions could go ahead in the summer ready for an autumn return.

But bosses say it proved impossible to plan ahead and guarantee safety for everyone involved.

The statement continued: “BGT is known for its diversity of talent with big dance groups, wonderful choirs and lavish orchestras at its heart.

"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.”

The new means entertainment mogul Simon Cowell will be missing from our screens for two years.

Simon broke his back last summer and an accident at his home – but was desperate to return to the panel this year on the flagship show.

His other programme X-Factor has not aired since 2019 and there are “no plans” to bring it back at present.

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