ITV has pulled the plug on this year’s season of “Britain’s Got Talent” due to production complications arising from the pandemic.
The entertainment show is one of the country’s biggest primetime programs, and normally airs from April to June. The 2020 season was disrupted due to COVID-19 and aired in two parts, with the first half, comprised of auditions filmed pre-pandemic, broadcast from April to May, and the second half airing from late August to October, and featuring the remaining episodes produced under COVID guidelines.
The 2021 season, however, proved to be logistically impossible given the U.K.’s ongoing COVID-19 crisis and third national lockdown.
A spokesperson for “Britain’s Got Talent” tells Variety: “Despite everyone at ITV, Thames and Syco doing their best to make it happen, and with our absolute priority of safeguarding the well-being and health of every person involved in the program, from judges, hosts and contestants to all of the crew and audience, the decision has been made to — unfortunately — move the record and broadcast of the 15th series of Britain’s Got Talent to 2022.
“BGT is known for its diversity of talent with big dance groups, wonderful choirs and lavish orchestras at its heart, and it has become clear that not only is it not possible to film auditions with these types of acts in a secure way but also that they are not able to adequately rehearse and prepare safely. Safety has to come first and, as a result, the recording of the show can’t currently go ahead as planned.”
More to come.