Just Simon Cowell
Britain's Got Talent launches with super new promo pics
Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams return to the panel to preside over the best talent Britain has to offer.
Among our eye-popping talent this year are a dog act like no other, a motorcyclist who left one of our judges yelping in fear and a magician who had our audience gasping.
According to Ant, Simon is obsessed with novelty acts this year: " It’s all about Eric and what he would like. Everything he sees that he would normally have buzzed off in years gone by, now he’s like, “My son would love that”. So, he tends to put them through.
Like this year we have a keyboard playing dinosaur, what? Even if a keyboard came out a few years ago he would have buzzed them straight away and now it’s a dinosaur playing the keyboard and it’s a yes from him!"
Simon Cowell has a few words about this years series:
You’re back for series 14 of Britain’s Got Talent, what was your ambition for this series? I wanted it to feel more like it did when we first started, to bring it back to the Paul Potts, Connie Talbots, you know? Paul was working at a phone shop and came on to have a go, and now look at his career! That’s what we set out to do with this show in the first place. I personally like judging someone who has never done this before,
"The whole idea of making a show like this is it should be escapism"
I find the whole process more interesting. I think you relate more to people who are just out there giving it a go, 100%. I wanted to have that warmth to the show. The whole idea of making a show like this is it should be escapism, it should, like with Paul, he famously tossed a coin in the air over whether he should audition or not, he did and this was 14 years ago and now he’s selling out tours and made a fortune. The show changed his life.
How important do you think it is that we have shows like this on TV that give regular people a shot at stardom and success? Our shows allow anyone from any walk of life to have a shot at stardom and success. I hope that over the next five years we will have at least another three more Champions series. They are so much fun to do and sometimes with an act the second time around you see they’ve got better, not on every occasion, but definitely the second series of Champions in America, my god, the talent was breathtaking!
Do you have any new ambitions for this new decade we’ve just started? Developing show formats is what really motivates me, coming up with an idea, developing the idea and then hopefully watching it become a hit, that’s the best feeling in the world. I get a real buzz from pushing myself out of my comfort zone.
Anyone who has done what I have done with Got Talent, which is to develop a show and see it become successful, it is the best feeling in the world and there’s always room for something new. So, we’ll see what happens over the next 12 months.
Since the last series of BGT was filmed Alesha joined you in America to work on AGT: Champions, what was it like working with her stateside? I think it was a really positive experience for her and she did an amazing job on Champions. This will open doors for her in America. Look, Alesha and I have a really strong bond which means we will be doing a lot more together in the future.
Looking at the talent this year, who should fans be keeping an eye out for? To be honest with you I did feel like the kids have taken over the show this year, which is great. We’ve had so many amazing and talented kids come on the stage and I love that. It’s just a different energy when it’s kids up there, it feels more fun! So watch out for them!
You hit your golden buzzer during the first session on the first day of auditions, what made you press it so quickly? You know what? When you’re sitting there you can feel the audience reaction behind you and you just have to go with your gut feeling in a moment like that. You should never over think it regardless of whether it’s the first day or the last day of auditions. It just felt right and when I watched the audition it was even better than I first remembered. I think she’s a mini diva in the making, I really think she’s going to do great things off the back of this show.
S PACK There was a bit of danger for you this year thanks to an ex Royal Marine and some dynamite, what happened? I was bloody nervous because he had dynamite in his mouth and he was asking me to make a series of decisions. I was like, “What if this goes wrong?” When I have thought something might actually go seriously wrong during an act I have stood up in the past and said, “You know what? We’re not continuing with this”.
You’ve filmed all the auditions now, are you happy with your line up for the semi-finals? I do think we’ve got a great balance of acts this year, we’ve covered off everything you could ever wish for and it’s kind of what the show is all about, it is a variety show so you must have a variety.
Expect the unexpected as the acts battle it out for the chance to scoop the massive £250,000 prize and perform to royalty at the prestigious Royal Variety Performance in London.
Britain's Got Talent returns Saturday 11th April 8pm ITV