BRITAIN'S Got Talent 2020 is back on our screens at last, after taking a break thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.
The BGT auditions aired earlier in the year, but the series ground to a halt after they finished in May.
What time is Britain's Got Talent on ITV tomorrow?
It’s finally time for Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly to host the semi-finals.
The 40 semi-finalists have been chosen, and the UK is gearing up for the show to return – with a number of changes.
BGT will air at 8pm on ITV on September 5, and will continue weekly after that.
The BGT final will be on the small screen later in October.
You can watch episodes and catch up online via the ITV Hub.
Who are the semi-finalists?
- Fayth Ifil – singer from Swindon (Simon’s Golden Buzzer)
- Honey and Sammy – mother daughter singing duo from Essex (Amanda’s Golden Buzzer)
- Jon Courtenay – comedy musician from Manchester (Ant and Dec’s Golden Buzzer)
- Nabil Abdulrashid – comedian from London (Alesha’s Golden Buzzer)
- Sign Along With Us – choir from Manchester (David’s Golden Buzzer)
- Aaron and Jasmine – dancing duo from London
- Aidan McCann – magician from Ireland
- Allan Finnegan – comedian from Liverpool
- Amanda and Miracle – magic act from Inverness-shire, Scotland
- Belinda Davids – singer from Cape Town, South Africa
- Beth Porch – singer from London
- Bhim Niroula – singer from Reading
- Billy and Chantelle – dancing duo from Birmingham
- Chinike! Junior Orchestra – orchestra from London
- Class Dynamix – choir from Leeds
- Crissy Lee – drummer from Colchester
- Damien O’Brien – magician from London
- Dario Grappeggia – singing variety act
- Ember Trio – musicians from London
- Håkan Berg – comedy magician from Stockholm, Sweden
- Imen Siar – singer from Croydon
- James and Dylan Piper – father son magic duo from Aberdare, South Wales
- James Stott – danger magic act from Yorkshire
- Jasper Cherry – magician from Lancashire
- Katherine and Joe O’Malley – singing dancing duo from Salford
- Kevin Quantum – danger magic act from Edinburgh
- Magical Bones – magician from London
- Myra Dubois – comedian from London
- Papi Flex – contortionist from Brussels, Belgium
- Shalom Chorale – choir from across the UK
- Sirine Jahangir – singer from LondonSoldiers of Swing – singing duo from Sheffield
- SOS From the Kids – choir from Hampshire
- Souparnika Nair – singer from Bury St Edmunds
- Steve Royle – comedian from Manchester
- The Coven – dance act from across the UK
- Urban Turtles – dance troupe from South London
- Wesley Williams – unicyclist from Florida
- X1X Crew – dance troop from Mumbai, India
- Yakub – dancer from Stratford upon Avon
Who are the judges?
Amanda Holden, David Walliams, Alesha Dixon and Ashley Banjo will judge the semi-finals.
Simon Cowell hopes to return for the shows final.
Former winner Ashley, who was part of dance group Diversity, is Simon Cowell's replacement judge after the millionaire broke his back in three places.
Amanda, 49, has been picked to take the top job as head judge and will now have a deciding vote if she, Ashley, 31, David, 49, and Alesha, 41, are evenly split over an act.
A source told The Sun: “It makes total sense for Amanda to be head judge with a deciding vote in a deadlock situation.
“She’s the only one, other than Simon, who has been there since Day One and has seen it all.
“She cannot wait for the responsibility boost and is certainly going to take it in her stride.”
Amanda and Simon were the show’s original judges, alongside Piers Morgan, when it first aired in 2007.
Alesha and David joined the ITV show in 2012, replacing David Hasselhoff, 68, and Michael McIntyre, 44, who had served on the panel for just one series.
Who are the hosts?
Ant and Dec are back doing the honours as usual for the 2020 edition.
Back in 2018, Declan hosted the show solo after Ant McPartlin stepped down from TV commitments for the "foreseeable future" while he checked back into rehab following his well-documented drink driving incident.
Ant was present for some of the audition shows filmed in January and February of that year before his arrest on March 18, 2018, for crashing his Mini while under the influence.
But during the live semi-finals Dec presented the show alone.
What are the social distancing changes?
The semi-finals are pre-recorded, but the final will be live.
Ant and Dec appeared on This Morning to reveal how the show would work.
Dec said: “We’ve got no audience in the studio, but we’ve got a massive virtual audience.
“So we’ve got 500 people on a huge wall in the studio, sat at home watching it. It’s really really good.”
Ant went on to add: “It’s tough for the acts, especially the comedians, to come out and perform in front of nobody and so we needed something and they’ve come up with this, which is a very clever idea.”
What is the prize for winning BGT?
As well as the honour of performing in front of the Royal family at the Royal Variety Performance, for the past six years, the winner has also won a prize fund of £250,000.
This is expected to be the same for 2020.
A date for Royal Variety Performance 2020 is not yet known.
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