Britain’s Got Talent 2021 ‘to be axed by ITV bosses’ over coronavirus concerns

Britain’s Got Talent 2021 ‘to be axed by ITV bosses’ over coronavirus concerns

Britain's Got Talent reportedly runs a huge risk of cancellation this year, pushing the next series forward to 2022.

ITV bosses previously hoped to commence filming over the summer, with the 15th series hitting screens come autumn.

However, with the ongoing coronavirus crisis in the UK, executives at Thames TV and Simon Cowell's company Syco are allegedly considering postponing the series entirely.

According to The Mirror, BGT bosses are concerned the risk of going ahead with the production is too great, due to the uncertainty brought by the pandemic.

A source told the publication: "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.

"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."

Daily Star has contacted ITV for comment.

The pandemic threw production of the 2020 series, pushing the live finals ahead by several months.

Instead of the usual studio audience, the judges and acts were joined by a virtual crowd, who tuned in to watch the show from their homes up and down the country.

On top of that, head judge Simon was forced to step out of the production after breaking his back during a biking accident in Malibu.

Instead, Amanda Holden temporarily replaced him as chief judge, with Diversity star Ashley Banjo joining the panel for the first time.

Earlier this month, ITV released a statement confirming the 15th series would be postponed until the autumn, corresponding with government guidelines.

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."

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