Amanda Holden and Alison Hammond’s decision to join the BBC’s new gameshow has reportedly enraged ITV bosses.
What is Amanda Holden’s new BBC show about?
The aim of the game, hosted by comedian Paddy McGuinness, will be for the judges to try and pick out the one talented singer from a group of otherwise vocally-challenged contestants.
According to reports, a senior source at ITV has admitted that the channel is “extremely annoyed” at the BBC nabbing some of their most popular stars.
It’s thought Amanda signed on to the show over concerns the coronavirus crisis could make BGT auditions impossible next year.
It’s not the first time the Beeb has poached ITV stars. Short-lived dancing series The Greatest Dancer featured Alesha Dixon and Ashley Banjo.
Opening up about the new show, Amanda said: “The masqueraders will have to up their game to fool me!”
Alison, 45, added: “I reckon I’ll be able to spot who can sing or not straight away.”
Will BGT go ahead next year with Amanda Holden?
It’s believed Amanda has grown concerned about the show’s future following delays with the ITV competition’s Christmas Special.
The show halted filming last week after three crew members tested positive for coronavirus.
The affected workers found out their test results days before production was due to begin.
A spokeswoman for the ITV show confirmed protocols had been followed and “crew members are self-isolating at home”.
“As a result of a positive Covid-19 result received yesterday we have implemented our protocols and a number of crew members are self-isolating at home,” the spokeswoman said.
“As a result, we are unable to continue filming our Christmas Special today and have taken the decision to postpone.
“The safety of all those involved in the show is our number one priority. We follow extensive Covid-19 related procedures to adhere to all government guidelines.”
Will I’m A Celebrity be going ahead?
An insider recently told The Sun: “As with this year, producers are looking at all possible eventualities.
“There is a very real chance that the show will be in the UK again next year. They are trying to get their ducks in a row and have a plan B like this time around.
“They have spoken to owners of the castle and asked about its availability over the next two years – so into 2022.”
Ent Daily has contacted reps for ITV for comment.
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