FILMING for the next Britain’s Got Talent is being held up for weeks because of Covid rule changes, we can reveal.
The auditions, at which Simon Cowell was to return after breaking his back, will not now go ahead next month.
Hopeful acts due to perform in front of a socially distanced audience at the London Coliseum theatre between January 17 and 20 will have to wait at least another two weeks, a TV source said.
It follows the imposition of stringent Tier 4 restrictions across the capital.
The source said: “Covid’s causing havoc with BGT filming. The producers want to keep viewers entertained and put a smile on people’s faces but the safety of the cast, crew and contestants is the priority.
“It is at the centre of every decision.
“A live audience and their reaction is a vital part of the show’s success, too, so producers want to keep that element and, if it all means delays, then so be it.”
Amanda Holden, 49, a judge on the ITV show, has said its creator Simon, 61, would be back for the new season to join her and fellow judges David Walliams, 49, and Alesha Dixon, 42.
He missed the Autumn live shows after breaking his back falling off an electric bike in LA.
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