Earlier this week, it was announced that Britain’s Got Talent had been delayed, with production initially supposed to begin in late January.
An ITV spokesperson said that in light of the government’s new health guidelines and ‘with our priority of safeguarding the well-being of everyone involved in our programmes’, the companies involved in the show had ‘taken the decision to move the record and broadcast of the forthcoming series’.
While presenting Heart Breakfast on Friday morning, Amanda, 49, shared her views on the decision, explaining that in her opinion, Britain’s Got Talent ‘needs the audience’.
‘We were due to start filming on the 18th January, then it was pushed to the 28th, and then we got the call yesterday before the press release,’ she said.
‘I think out of every show on television, Britain’s Got Talent needs the audience. We need you guys, because we call them the fifth judge and it makes no sense not to have them.’
Amanda admitted that she’s ‘delighted’ the competition has been delayed, as she believes not having an audience ‘affects the quality of the show’.
‘And with the biggest wheel in the world, there’s so much hard work backstage, and everyone’s really done a huge effort to make it the best show it can be, it still affects it, so I would rather wait and make it the best it can be and put it on in the autumn,’ she said.
However, one aspect of Britain’s Got Talent’s postponement that Amanda is disappointed about is the fact that it’ll be even longer before she’s able to see her fellow judge Simon Cowell again.
Simon was absent from Britain’s Got Talent’s 2020 live shows after suffering a broken back in August.
He was replaced by Diversity dancer Ashley Banjo, who Simon described as a ‘fantastic addition’.
Looking forward to Britain’s Got Talent hopefully being able to resume later in the year, Amanda said: ‘I’ll miss Simon though, it’s going to be nearly two years since I’ve actually touched him.’
Britain’s Got Talent isn’t the only live TV show to have been affected by the pandemic.
In March last year, the live shows for The Voice UK had to be postponed, with coach will.i.am issuing an apology to fans over the delay.
While Strictly Come Dancing was able to go ahead, the celebrity participants and professional dancers had to form bubbles while competing.
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