Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon & David Walliams Arrive At The London Britain's Go
We attended the Britain's Got Talent red carpet at The Dominion Theatre in London on Friday.
On the red carpet Simon Cowell and the judges chatted to us and the media. Simon was in jovial spirits telling us he is amazed the show is still as strong as ever and so pleased the talent keeps coming through every year. They intend to celebrate the show during the tenth anniversary this year in a big way.
We asked Simon what made him decide to do America's Got Talent this year. He said "I know it's a lot to take on, but I love doing the british show as it's so much fun to do, I thought I would try the American one too this year".
When asked whether The Voice coming over to ITV this year would be a problem, Simon told Radio Times “That’s not going to be a problem, trust me. I couldn’t actually give a toss.
Honestly, I don’t like that show, it’s not doing well, they can put it wherever they want [in the schedule]," he added with that teasing smile.“Everyone has different opinions, some people like that thing, some people like our shows,” he added, clearly on very good form ahead of the first auditions in the capital. “We just carry on making the shows the best we can.”
Judging Britain's Got Talent is a welcome relief after finishing 2015's edition of The X Factor, Simon added. He said: "It's a bloody sight easier to do this show than that show ...
"Britain's Got Talent comes back, everyone's happy. The X Factor is like releasing a horror movie."
With the show's and the judges' contracts up for renewal, Simon said there was no danger of going off air.
He said high viewing figures would keep the show on ITV: "It's absurd to think they're not going to want to have a show with these numbers over ten years."
Alesha Dixon said she wanted to stay on as a judge because of "the fact that it's one of the most loved shows on television".
She added: "We have such a great time making it. It doesn't take itself too seriously and it really feels like the public are really invested in it.
"A bit of escapism, a bit of fun, and at the end of it something fantastic wins that we're all really proud of as a nation... I'd be a fool not to want to be part of it."
Her fellow judge Amanda Holden said part of the show's continued success was down to its long established judging panel, which also includes David Walliams, as well as presenting duo Ant and Dec.
She said: "I think if it ain't broke you don't bother to fix it."
In terms of what to expect on this year's show, Simon said: "We've had some good people, horrible people, interesting people, a dog.
"We may have found a dog that can actually sing this year, rather than having somebody work its mouth."
Stephen Mulhern told us he is desperate for a Golden Buzzer and would even accept a silver one. As it's Britain's Got Talent's 10th anniversary year we really think they should give him one.
We can also confirm the bromance between Simon and David is very much on this year. Watching the auditions the fun and banter between the two of them is better than ever.
Britian's Got Talent returns to our screens in the spring.