According to an insider source, Britian’s Got Talent’s chances of a 2021 series are “extremely slim to nonexistent” with Covid-19 reportedly making it impossible to film the program safely.
If it’s canceled, spring 2022 will be the next chance for fans to see the quest for a new light entertainment star hit their tiny screens.
The postponed variety show, launched by Simon Cowell, had planned to hold auditions with live finals in the summer and fall.
However, the producers of the program makers Thames TV and Cowell’s company Syco have grudgingly admitted that there is no guarantee that the hit series can be safely produced in a few months. according to MirrorOnline.
ITV chiefs are reportedly creating schedules for the remainder of the year that do not include BGT. This is the channel’s second most popular series after I’m a Celebrity and attracts up to 10 million viewers.
A source said: “Because of the nature of Got Talent in the UK, all sorts of candidates from all sorts of places – home and abroad – are participating.
“Although many people will be vaccinated by the summer, it remains unclear what the restrictions on mass mixing and travel will look like. So there is absolutely no guarantee that production can continue. The chances that it will air this year, range from extremely minor to nonexistent – and it is almost certain that it is the latter. Nobody is happy about it – but it is. “
The need for a live audience in the studio is said to be a major problem in safe filming as the audience’s reaction to the performers is part of the entertainment.
Due to Covid restrictions, other entertainment shows such as Dancing on Ice have already been held without an audience.
Earlier this month, BGT judge Amanda Holden, who is on the podium alongside Cowell, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams, said it was impossible to do BGT without a real studio audience.
On her radio show Heart, she said: “I think out of every show on TV, Britain’s Got Talent needs the audience. We need you because we call her the fifth judge and it just doesn’t make sense not to have her behind us.
“I think it affects the quality of the show, and by the greatest will in the world – because there is so much hard work behind the scenes and everyone has put a really big effort into making it the best show it can be – it Still affects it, so I would rather wait and do the best I can. “
If the program doesn’t come back until 2022, the 61-year-old Cowell will not be on UK TV screens for two years.
The entertainment impresario missed last year’s live final, which comedian Jon Courtenay won after recovering from a serious back injury.
His other show, The X Factor, hasn’t aired since 2019 and there are “no plans” to bring it back at the moment.
Cowell, who was last seen on TV in the spring, broke his back in the summer and fell off a high-performance electric bike. He had a long family vacation over Christmas in the Caribbean, where he did regular exercise before his planned comeback in the UK.
BGT’s audition shows are usually recorded from January and broadcast around Easter. The live final takes place over a week in May.
In a statement released earlier this month, ITV said: “Filming for the 15th series of Got Talent in the UK has been postponed from the record dates scheduled for late January.”
The bosses stressed that the security of “everyone involved in the broadcast” was a priority, saying the recording and broadcast had been postponed and revised dates would follow.
ITV declined to comment further.