Britain’s Got Talent has seen success so far in the eleventh series of the talent competition, so show boss Simon Cowell is looking to ride the momentum to the live shows.
Cowell is looking to alter the voting process of the show by keeping the Golden Buzzer for the live semifinals, allowing all four judges along with Ant and Dec to send an act straight into the grand final.
According to several outlets, the Golden Buzzer will work in the same way it does for the auditions. Cowell along with David Walliams, Amanda Holden, and Alisha Dixon plus hosts Ant and Dec – can hit the button anytime to give an act a free pass to the next round.
“The golden buzzer is one of the favourite elements in the audition shows,” a source told The Mirror. “The atmosphere when it is pressed is incredible. This will give the judges and Ant and Dec the chance to guarantee their favourite acts get a spot in the final.”
Cowell is hoping the move will keep viewers tuned into the ITV show. It is currently averaging around 9 million viewers per week, making the most watched show in 2017 so far.
If the plan to use the Golden Buzzer goes through, the voting would be split down the middle. The public would get 50 per cent and the Golden Buzzer is the other half.
Britain’s Got Talent airs weekends on ITV.