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Britain’s Got Talent ‘almost certain to be scrapped this year and may not be aired until 2022’

Britain’s Got Talent ‘almost certain to be scrapped entirely this year and may not be aired until 2022 due to Covid restrictions’

  • It was announced earlier this month that the popular ITV show would be postponed to later in the year, amid the UK’s COVID-19 lockdown 
  • However, Thames TV and Simon Cowell’s company Syco are said to have come to the conclusion that it may not be possible to make the show safely in 2021
  • It’s said that chances of the show being made this year were ‘extremely slim to non-existent’ due to Covid restrictions, and may well be pushed back to 2022 
  • It’s now been said that ITV bosses are drawing up TV schedules for the next year and they don’t include Britain’s Got Talent 
  • A major issue with keeping safe during filming is the need for a live audience, with the crowd’s live reaction being a key part of the entertainment 

Britain’s Got Talent could reportedly be scrapped entirely this year and may not to return to screens until 2022.

It was announced earlier this month that the popular ITV show would be postponed to later in the year, amid the UK’s COVID-19 lockdown.

However, Thames TV and Simon Cowell’s company Syco are said to have come to the conclusion that it may not be possible to make the programme safely in 2021 due to covid-19 restrictions.

Postponed again? Britain’s Got Talent could reportedly be scrapped entirely this year and may not to return to screens until 2022

The variety show had been due to hold auditions to hold auditions over the summer, with the highly-anticipated live shows to air in the autumn. 

However, it’s said that chances of the show being made this year were ‘extremely slim to non-existent’, and may well be pushed back to 2022. 

A source told The Mirror: ‘The nature of Britain’s Got Talent means we have all sorts of contestants from all sorts of places – home and abroad – taking part. 

‘While many people will have been vaccinated by the summer it remains unclear what the restrictions on mass mingling and on travel will be, so there are absolutely no guarantees production can go ahead. 

Shock: Thames TV and Simon Cowell’s company Syco are said to have come to the conclusion that it may not be possible to make the programme safely in 2021 due to covid-19 restrictions

Shock: Thames TV and Simon Cowell’s company Syco are said to have come to the conclusion that it may not be possible to make the programme safely in 2021 due to covid-19 restrictions

‘The chances of it airing this year range from extremely slim to non-existent – and it’s almost certain to be the latter. No one’s happy about it – but that’s the way it is.’

Meanwhile, a source to The Sun: ‘Nothing can be ruled out just yet, but it’s not looking good. It’s almost certain to be binned.’

MailOnline have contacted representatives of Britain’s Got Talent and Syco for comment. 

It’s now been said that ITV bosses are drawing up TV schedules for the next year and they don’t include Britain’s Got Talent –  ITV’s biggest show only second to I’m A Celebrity, attracting 10 millions viewers. 

The show mustn't go on: 'The chances of it airing this year range from extremely slim to non-existent - and it’s almost certain to be the latter. No one’s happy about it – but that’s the way it is'

The show mustn’t go on: ‘The chances of it airing this year range from extremely slim to non-existent – and it’s almost certain to be the latter. No one’s happy about it – but that’s the way it is’

A major issue with keeping safe during filming is the need for a live audience, with the crowd’s live reaction to a performance being a key part of the entertainment. 

The latest postponement news comes just weeks after  ITV announced the show had been delayed until the autumn as COVID-19 lockdown scuppered plans for nationwide auditions. 

The 2021 series was set to mark the return of Simon Cowell to the judging panel, as he was forced to miss last year’s live shows after breaking his back in a bike accident. 

In a statement at the time, ITV said they were hopeful the show will return later this year, but have delayed plans to start auditions later this month due to government restrictions.

Talent: The variety show had been due to hold auditions to hold auditions over the summer, with the highly-anticipated live shows to air in the autumn

Talent: The variety show had been due to hold auditions to hold auditions over the summer, with the highly-anticipated live shows to air in the autumn

Crowd pleaser: A major issue with keeping safe during filming is the need for a live audience, with the audience's live reaction to a performance being a key part of the entertainment

Crowd pleaser: A major issue with keeping safe during filming is the need for a live audience, with the audience’s live reaction to a performance being a key part of the entertainment

They 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.

They added in the statement: ‘We will confirm revised dates in due course.’  

Not this year: It's now been said that ITV bosses are drawing up TV schedules for the next year and they don't include Britain's Got Talent - ITV's biggest show only second to I'm A Celebrity, attracting 10 millions viewers

Not this year: It’s now been said that ITV bosses are drawing up TV schedules for the next year and they don’t include Britain’s Got Talent – ITV’s biggest show only second to I’m A Celebrity, attracting 10 millions viewers

It had been reported that bosses decided to delay auditions as they would be unable to film auditions with a live audience during current restrictions.

Sources also claimed that a vast production, with acts travelling from across the world to take part, wasn’t viable even though other TV productions have continued. 

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