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Britain's Got Talent | Series 17 Preview (ITV1)

Britain’s Got Talent makes a triumphant return to the stage as judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and Bruno Tonioli reunite with hosts Ant & Dec in the search for Britain’s next talented superstar... and it’s set to be a golden year.

The judges are braced and ready to be met with some of the most spectacular displays of talent as lucky hopefuls tread the boards of the iconic London Palladium in a bid to impress the panel enough to bag a life-changing £250,000 cash prize and a spot on the bill of the Royal Variety Performance.

Contestants will be dreaming of a Golden Buzzer that gives them an automatic place in the live semi-finals and hoping to avoid the dreaded red buzzers which could put an end to their journey - 2023 saw comedy clown Viggo Venn be crowned winner of the 16th series after gaining the public vote, but who will take the title this year?

Simon Cowell said: "I watched all the yes tapes back and honestly; it’s going to be an amazing show this year. It's just different and it's fun and it's got everything you want from BGT. It's got a heart, great stories, things we'd never seen before, which is important because you don't want to just keep repeating the same thing year on year. So overall, I couldn't be happier."

Amanda Holden said: "I think for the last couple of years I've said the same thing, which is I would love to see a decent choir. We've had lots of choirs in the past, but I do feel like this year we’ve seen some really good ones and they've upped their game on song choices. I would absolutely love a crowd of people to win Britain's Got Talent because I would like a load of people to be able to split the money and have a life-changing experience together"

Alesha Dixon said: "What can [viewers] expect from the show this year? More rule breaking and more golden buzzers being pressed that shouldn't be! Of course, an abundance of talent, which we are never short of. The consistent thing every year is that you are always going to get an eclectic mix of people from all walks of life. That doesn't change, but you still see fresh talent."

Bruno added: "I enjoyed [last series] so much! And as long as they want me, I'm on it, because obviously I haven't done it before and they allow me to be myself. They have all been so supportive, and for me, every show is an adventure, and that's how I approach it. One day to the next is never the same! That's why it's so exciting to be a part of the show!

Britain's Got Talent returns 20th April at 7:30pm on ITV1.


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