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BGT semi-finals: ITV confirms start date for new episodes of Britain’s Got Talent

New Britain's Got Talent episodes are just days away

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BGT will be back on screens soon as ITV has confirmed the start date for the upcoming semi-finals.

The 2020 series of Britain’s Got Talent was put on hold earlier this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The BGT semi-finals are less than two weeks away (Credit: ITV)

When will the BGT finals be on TV?

ITV revealed today (Wednesday, August 26) that the current run of BGT will continue on Saturday, September 5.

There will be a number of changes to the programme this year.

BGT Amanda Holden
Amanda Holden will be joined on BGT by stand-in judge Ashley Banjo (Credit: ITV)

What can we expect from the Britain’s Got Talent finals?

One of the biggest changes will be the lack of a live audience for the upcoming shows. ITV has decided not to film with an audience, for safety reasons.

And music mogul Simon Cowell will be missing the series because of his recent back injury.

Simon had to undergo a gruelling operation on his back after falling off an electric bike at his home in Malibu, California.

As his replacement, ITV is drafting in former contestant Ashley Banjo.

Ashley Banjo
Ashley Banjo will be Simon Cowell’s replacement for the rest of the 2020 Britain’s Got Talent series (Credit:

What has Ashley Banjo said about being a judge on BGT?

The Dancing On Ice judge, who shot to fame on Britain’s Got Talent as a member of dance group Diversity, has said it feels “poetic” for him to be joining the show as a stand-in panellist.

He said: “As if 2020 couldn’t get any crazier! Walking on that stage as a 20-year-old street dancer from East London and now I am walking out there and stepping in for the big man.”

Simon Cowell is sitting the rest of this BGT series out due to his back injury (Credit: MRM /

Simon Cowell says Ashley Banjo will be a ‘fantastic’ BGT judge

Speaking further, Ashley said it “feels really nice” and “almost poetic”.

In a conversation with The Sun, Simon said of the decision: “Ashley will be a fantastic addition to the panel. He knows the power of the show and the responsibility of it.

“I couldn’t think of a better person to sit in my seat whilst I follow doctor’s orders. I hate that stupid bike.”

– Britain’s Got Talent will get underway on Saturday, September 5 on ITV

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