Under a fairly successful sixth series that saw the format’s creator get exactly what he wanted, Simon Cowell’s Britain’s Got Talent have revealed that they will not be attempting to make any changes to the facial line-up of the programme, with Cowell returning amongst the other judging panel members and presenters from last year, with filmed auditions for the new run set to begin in mid-January.
Cowell will take his seat alongside singer Alesha Dixon, actress Amanda Holden, and comic actor David Walliams, with presenting work again coming from Ant & Dec (Britian’s Got Talent) and Stephen Mulhern (ITV2 ‘after-show’ Britain’s Got More Talent) in another search for an act to win the £500,000 grand prize and a place in the Royal Variety Performance.
Cowell said of his decision to carry on full-time with the series: “I loved doing the show last year, the new panel worked really well and I’m very happy they have all agreed to come back. Last year was a special year for talent and I hope that in 2013, off the back of an amazing year for Britain, we find another global star.”
Walliams added: “My Simon and I are going to be together again. I’m delighted to confirm I will be a judge on Britain’s Got Talent again next year. I am so happy I could cry.”
The presenting duo never really had their places in doubt, though they were still pleased to have received the official go-ahead, as Anthony McPartlin (‘Ant’) said of the appealing quirkiness of the talent contest: “You think you’ve seen it all then a man with a saucepan on his head turns up! We can’t wait to see who or what turns up this time.”
Co-host Declan Donnelly (‘Dec’) added of the more ‘talented’ side to the competition: “Simon was the happiest I have ever seen him when Ashleigh & Pudsey [a dancing dog act] won! I’m not sure we’ll ever see him as happy again – so that’s the challenge Great Britain, show us what you’ve got!”
While the show will return a similar time as usual (currently only identified as ‘spring 2013′) to give ITV and Ant & Dec time to broadcast the rumoured revival of their general entertainment series Saturday Night Takeaway, the televised auditions themselves will occur across January and February, spreading across the region to reach the cities of Cardiff (Millennium Centre, 16-17 Jan), London (The Palladium, 20-23 Jan), Glasgow (Clyde Theatre, 28 Jan), Manchester (Lowry Theatre, 2-3 Feb) and Birmingham (The ICC, 8-10 Feb).
An additional feature of season 7 will not be of great importance to anyone other than those involved, is the implementation of ‘Star Scouts’, an initiative that enables members of the public to discover and recommend ‘unsigned talent’ to participate in the contest if they have not already signed up. Should the winning act be such a performer, the scout will receive a prize of £10,000, so people had best get searching for recommendable talent…