Britain’s Got Talent EXCLUSIVE: Amanda Holden reveals fall live finals take place instead of The X Factor because they ‘can’t do the show without the live audience’
Amanda Holden has shed new light on Britain’s Got Talent live shows after the COVID-19 crisis halted production of the current series.
The show has aired pre-recorded Saturday night audition episodes, as is always the case this time of year.
But with the global pandemic leading to a blockade in the UK, the next phase of the game had to be put on the ice, banning public gatherings and forcing people to stay at home.
Keep us informed: Amanda Holden has shed new light on when the live shows of Britain’s Got Talent will take place after the COVID-19 crisis halted production of the current series
Amanda revealed to MailOnline on Thursday that producers have tentative plans to film the live finals in the fall, around the time The X Factor – which is not returning this year – should normally air.
“We have some dates in our diary,” said 49-year-old Amanda. “It’s difficult because I can’t say when, because it’s all TB. But hopefully it seems to be the beginning of fall. ‘
Amanda emphasized the importance of a live studio audience to BGT, and that the show wouldn’t be the same without that vibe after the fall’s BBC powerhouse Strictly Come Dancing considered continuing without a crowd.
“We just can’t do it without an audience. For this show we need the British audience on stage and behind us in the audience. We need that atmosphere. ‘
On ice: With the global pandemic leading to a UK lockdown, the next phase of the game had to be put on ice, banning public gatherings and forcing people to stay at home
Update: “We have some data in our journals,” said Amanda, 49. “It’s hard because I can’t tell when, because it’s all TB. But hopefully it will look in early autumn ‘
Amanda also looked at the positive side of this event and admitted that it is nice to have the series drawn out during the year.
“It’s always over so quickly. We show the auditions and then we have the live shows that take place within a week. But if you do it this way, there is something to look forward to later in the year, ”she mused. “It’s nice to have it in April / May and also in the autumn.”
Amanda sits on the BGT jury alongside Alesha Dixon, Simon Cowell and David Walliams. Amanda teased Saturday’s audition episode, explaining that her Golden Buzzer will sound over the weekend.
“The act – it is not an act that sets fire to all weapons. In fact, the audition doesn’t go out at the beginning, ”she revealed. “But it will be a moment, later there will be a moment, a story …
Filling the void: Amanda revealed to MailOnline on Thursday that producers have tentative plans to film the live finals in the fall, around the time The X Factor – which is not returning this year – should usually air [pictured: X Factor 2018]
Soldiering on: The show airs the pre-recorded Saturday night audition episodes, as is always the case this time of year [pictured are act The Coven performing at the weekend]
Apparently the producers knew I was going to do that [press the buzzer]. I kept thinking it, but I didn’t know. But the producers knew. Apparently they called the man to scramble up the ladder to loosen the ticker tape! ‘
She laughed: “I’d like to tell you it’s all very technical, but no, it’s a man climbing a ladder!”
Amanda explained that there will be a catch-up show to remind viewers of the contestants when the show returns later in the year, and that she hopes the world will be ‘in street party mode’ by then so that it can really become enjoyed.
Britain’s Got Talent airs on ITV at 8pm.