ITV confirms 'Britain's Got Talent' filming postponement

Amy Johnson
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Britain's Got Talent filming has been postponed. (ITV)
Britain's Got Talent filming has been postponed. (ITV)

Filming for the 2021 series of Britain's Got Talent has been postponed amid a third lockdown for England.

Shooting the audition stages was set to start in late January, however, it has now been pushed back to an as-of-yet unspecified date.

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.

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"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.

David Walliams, Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon attend the Britain's Got Talent 2020 photocall at London Palladium on January 19, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/WireImage)
David Walliams, Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon attend the Britain's Got Talent 2020 photocall at London Palladium on January 19, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/WireImage)

"We will confirm revised dates in due course."

This week saw England enter into a third lockdown, with the nation on stay-at-home orders until at least the middle of February.

BGT auditions typically take place in venues across the UK at the beginning of the year before airing in spring.

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Last year’s series saw auditions air as usual but due to the coronavirus outbreak the semi-finals and final were postponed until the autumn.

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Show boss Simon Cowell was due to return to his judging duties this year after taking time out from the talent competition finals last year when he broke several bones in his back.

He is set to make up the judging panel for the 15th series alongside Alesha Dixon, David Walliams and Amanda Holden, with Ant and Dec presenting.

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