The next series of Britain’s Got Talent has reportedly been ‘scrapped’ due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
The third lockdown in England, which is set to last until mid-February at the very earliest, has meant the next series is unable to go ahead.
An ITV spokesperson said: ‘The filming for the 15th series of Britain’s Got Talent has been postponed from its proposed record dates in late January.
‘With the announcement of the latest Government health guidelines and with our priority of safeguarding the well-being of everyone involved in our programmes we, together with the production teams at Thames and Syco, have taken the decision to move the record and broadcast of the forthcoming series.
‘We will confirm revised dates in due course.’
A source added to The Mirror: ‘Safety has to be our priority and it’s simply not feasible or sensible to ask members of the public to travel in order to audition at this time.
‘While we’d love to make the series and bring some much-needed cheer to the nation in the coming months, it’s just not going to be possible.’
They added: ‘But it’s not all bad news. If the vaccination process goes to plan and we are all closer to normal in the summer, we are very hopeful that we could make the series then. It would be brilliant to have Britain’s Got Talent for the autumn schedule.’
The auditions usually take place in spring, with the episodes airing in April, and the live shows in May.
Last year, the live shows, which saw Jon Courtenay crowned the winner, had to be postponed due to the pandemic, with the final airing in October.
Simon Cowell was also absent from the judging panel for the live shows, after breaking his back and staying at home in the USA to recuperate.
Instead, Diversity star Ashley Banjo filled in, alongside Amanda Holden, David Walliams and Alesha Dixon.
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