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Britain’s Got Talent viewers thrilled as show returns for finalists episode

The show as postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic

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Britain’s Got Talent viewers were thrilled to have the show back tonight.

The programme returned on Sunday night (August 30) after being postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A pre-recorded show aired to reveal the finalists going through to the semi-finals.

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Britain’s Got Talent viewers thrilled to have the show back tonight (Credit: ITV)

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Judges Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and David Walliams were back to make the decisions.

The judges watched the acts’ auditions once again before deciding whether to put them through to the semi-finals.

What did Britain’s Got Talent viewers say?

One person said on Twitter: “Yes I am so happy #bgt is back.”

Another wrote: “Finally it’s back.”

One added: “Ah welcome back @bgt we have missed you!!”

The auditions aired back in May.

However, the live shows were cancelled due to the pandemic but are expected to return next Saturday (September 5).

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.

Music mogul Simon 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.

David Walliams and Alesha Dixon on Britain's Got Talent
The show as postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic (Credit: ITV)

Ashley Banjo will be replacing him on the show.

Simon recently told The Sun: “Ashley will be a fantastic addition to the panel. He knows the power of the show and the responsibility of it.

Ah welcome back BGT we have missed you!!

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

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Meanwhile, ITV postponed the talent show’s 14th series earlier this year.

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Simon Cowell replaced by Ashley Banjo for the live shows (Credit:

What did ITV say?

ITV said of its decision to split the series in two, ahead of the auditions airing: “We have been working with the brilliant production teams at Thames and Syco to find a way of making the live finals work.

“However, in light of the latest government health guidelines and in line with our priority of safeguarding the well-being of everyone involved in our programmes, production of the live shows cannot go ahead as planned.”

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