Britain’s Got Talent is reportedly gearing up for its return in a few months with some big changes to its live semifinal rounds.
The Mirror is reporting ITV is set to replace The X Factor with BGT in September after the broadcaster was forced to delay the live semifinal round in April amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
It is thought that show bosses are still in the process of figuring out how to finish off the 2020 series. A show source told the publication that the semifinals of the show will be pre-recorded a small audience “with gaps between the groups.”
“It’s a natural replacement for the X Factor,” the source said. “Even if a full audience isn’t possible, it’s looking like we may be able to get a smaller one, with gaps between the groups, and enhance the sound afterward. We always say that the audience is like a fifth judge so that’s been a great relief.”
Bigger acts dance troupe X1X Crew from India and choir Sign Along With Us will be performing remotely.
The thought is to finish the series before BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing returns in October.
“The idea is to get the run finished before Strictly is out of the blocks,” the source added.
Meanwhile, The Daily Star is reporting that the show could have pre-recorded reactions from the audience at home like Gogglebox. However, the show bosses are hoping it won’t get to that.
“Although we believe we can film the show with the judges sitting slightly further apart and the acts up on the stage, the sticking point is very much the audience,” a show insider told the tabloid.
“Britain’s Got Talent needs an audience.”
Britain’s Got Talent returns in September on ITV.