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Updated: Aug 23, 2020

Simon will miss the finals to recover after breaking his back.

The Sun have revealed that former BGT winner and Dancing On Ice judge Ashley Banjo is to step in for Simon Cowell on the Britain's Got Talent finals, whilst he recovers after breaking his back.

Simon said: “Ashley will be a fantastic addition to the panel. He knows the power of the show and the responsibility of it. I couldn’t think of a better person to sit in my seat whilst I follow doctor’s orders. I hate that stupid bike.”

Ashley told The Sun on Sunday: “As if 2020 couldn’t get any crazier! Walking on that stage as a 20-year-old street dancer from East London and now I am walking out there and stepping in for the big man. It feels really nice, almost poetic."

The semi-finals will be pre-recorded with a virtual audience starting next week, with the final broadcast live in October.

Britain's Got Talent returns to screens with a recap special titled 'The Finalists Revealed' on Sunday 30th August at 6:30pm on ITV.

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