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ITV announces it is MOVING the Britain's Got Talent live final | Entertainment Daily
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ITV announces it is MOVING the Britain’s Got Talent live final

It's with very good reason...

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The Britain’s Got Talent Final was due to play out live on Sunday night.

But ITV has announced emergency changes to its upcoming weekend schedule.

The finale of the talent show will now take place on ITV on Saturday.

The final has moves so everyone can see the Manchester concert – and still watch BGT (Credit: ITV)

This means the British Soap Awards have been kicked out of their previous Saturday night live slot and they will now air on Tuesday June instead.

The rescheduling is to allow viewers the opportunity to tune into the One Love Manchester benefit concert, which will be screened on BBC One on Sunday.

An ITV spokesperson said:”Ariana Grande’s ‘One Love Manchester’ benefit concert is bringing artists and the public together, and will raise funds for the Red Cross’s Manchester Emergency Fund.

Ariana Grande will lead a tribute concert for the victims of Manchester (Credit: FameFlynet)

“ITV and Britain’s Got Talent have no desire to distract from this important cause, so we have taken the decision to move the Britain’s Got Talent Final from Sunday night.”

Good for them.

Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Coldplay and a host of other international music stars will join Ariana at the benefit concert.

Miley Cyrus, Take That, Usher, Pharrell Williams and One Direction star Niall Horan will also perform at the One Love Manchester gig at Lancashire Cricket Club’s Old Trafford ground in the city.

Fans who were at the show last week where 22 people died and dozens more were injured will be offered free tickets to the event.

The kick-off time for Manchester United player Michael Carrick’s charity testimonial has also been moved to accommodate the concert.

In a statement last week, Grande vowed to return to Manchester as she said “we won’t let hate win”.

All net ticket proceeds of the show will go directly to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, set up by Manchester City Council in partnership with the British Red Cross to support grieving families and victims of the attack.

(Peter Byrne/PA)
Manchester has stood strong after the terror attack (Credit: PA)

The fund’s total currently stands at £6m with Red Cross chief executive Mike Adamson praising Grande’s “gesture of solidarity”.

He said: “It will help raise funds to support the survivors and the families who tragically lost someone last week.

“This event is an opportunity for people to come together and celebrate things that unite us – music, humanity and the will to do something to help others.”

Tickets for the concert will go on sale on Thursday at 10am.

Yesterday, Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said the force had been working with the singer’s management team on the “finer details” to ensure the gig goes ahead.

In an interview with BBC Radio Manchester, the senior officer said the pop star’s team were “very keen” to return to the city “sooner rather than later” for a proposed date this weekend but that it clashed with Carrick’s charity testimonial at the nearby football stadium.

Mr Hopkins said: “When the idea of the concert came up, the first reaction was we need to speak to the families of the victims and see what they feel. It is fair to say that the majority of them are very much in favour, there are some that clearly aren’t and that is absolutely understandable.

Ariana Grande (PA)
Ariana wanted to get back to Manchester as soon as possible (Credit: PA)

“Ariana Grande’s team were very keen to come back to Manchester sooner rather than later so we have been working with Michael Carrick’s team and working with her team to try and make this happen because clearly we can’t have 65,000 people at Old Trafford for Michael Carrick’s testimonial and 50,000 in Lancashire Cricket Club both at the same time. It would just have caused utter traffic chaos, let alone the security issues for us.

“So yesterday I was speaking personally with Michael and his team who, I have to say, have been brilliant in trying to come to a compromise around enabling us to make sure that both go ahead.”

The concert will be broadcast on Capital radio and streamed online with a digital partner yet to be announced, as well as screening on BBC One.

BBC director-general Lord Tony Hall said: “Bringing the nation together, the BBC is proud to be broadcasting what will undoubtedly be a moving tribute to the victims and their loved ones.”

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