Hard to think now, but 'BGT' almost didn't happen after Cowell's disastrous first pitch to Walliams.
‘Britain’s Got Talent’ has long been one of the most successful television shows in Britain, but Simon Cowell has revealed that it nearly didn’t happen at all, saying that he had to pitch the idea to David Walliams twice to get him on board.
Music mogul Cowell and former ‘Little Britain’ actor Walliams are famed for their on-set banter every springtime on ‘BGT’, but their friendship was very far from certain, particularly when Cowell first decided to run the idea for the show past him.
“I think he’s always been un-sackable,” Cowell said when he was interview on ‘Lorraine’ on Thursday morning (April 12th).
Cowell and the 'Britain's Got Talent' judges were left surprised when a 37-strong choir left the stage rather than face a dressing down from the panel during auditions in Blackpool.
‘Britain’s Got Talent’ head honcho Simon Cowell was left staggered after one of the acts auditioning for a place in this year’s series simply walked off stage, rather than remain to face criticism from him.
A report emerging on Friday (January 20th) claims that the extraordinary reaction came during auditions this week in Blackpool, when a 37-strong choir called Dale Divas had attempted to impress the panel of judges, headed by Cowell, with a version of Adele’s ‘Rolling In the Deep’.
The 'Britain's Got Talent' judges were in Blackpool this week
The American girl group performed their recent UK hit 'Work From Home' - but viewers were very far from impressed at their singing and choreography.
‘Britain’s Got Talent’ viewers were busy on social media again last night, this time panning the live performance by Simon Cowell’s American girl group Fifth Harmony for being “flat, tuneless and boring” during Thursday night’s semi-final.
The five-piece group were formed in 2012 on the second season of ‘The X Factor USA’, and are currently the world’s highest-selling girl group, with a social media following of over three million and signed to ‘BGT’ judge Cowell’s Syco label.
They performed as special guests during the interlude between the judges picking the last finalists for this weekend’s season closer, with a rendition of their recent UK Top 10 hit ‘Work From Home’. However, Twitter users were quick to jump on them, criticising their stylisation, choreography and singing.
Judge Dixon referred to one act as "sexy chocolate men" on Wednesday night's semi-final, and was also criticised for pressing other judges' buzzers.
‘Britain’s Got Talent’ viewers on social media are calling for judge Alesha Dixon to be kicked off the panel after she described one act on the show as “sexy chocolate men” on Wednesday night's semi-final.
The 37 year old singer, formerly of noughties girl group Mis-Teeq, made the remark while praising the opera group Vox Fortura after they gave a rendition of David Bowie’s ‘”Heroes”’. Four sexy chocolate men,” she said as they finished, “with amazing voices, polished to perfection. That was sensational.”
Immediately, irate fans took to Twitter to call for Dixon to make a public apology for the reference, while others demanded that she be fired from the show.
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The press furore over the winning performance by Jules and Matisse in the live final triggered over 1,000 complaints and an Ofcom investigation back in June.
ITV is offering a refund to any fans of ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ who voted by phone or text for the competition’s winner Jules O’Dwyer and her performing dog Matisse, after Ofcom ruled that a performance involving stunt double dogs was misleading.
The broadcasting regulator determined that the talent show was likely to have inadvertently misled viewers after a lookalike dog was used instead of Matisse to perform a tightrope walking routine during the live final. ITV received 1,175 complaints when the incident was uncovered the week after the final episode at the end of May 2015.
In delivering their report, Ofcom said that ITV broke rule 2.14 of the broadcasting code which states “broadcasters must ensure that viewers and listeners are not materially misled about any broadcast competition or voting.”
Amanda Holden - Britain's Got Talent Edinburgh Auditions held at Edinburgh Festival Theatre - Arrivals at Britain's Got Talent, Edinburgh Festival - Edinburgh, United Kingdom - Monday 19th January 2015
The panel remains the same as last year, with Cowell, Dixon, Holden and Walliams all set to cast their eye over the hopefuls again.
It’s that time of year again! ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ is all set to return to our screens to see us through the dark and dismal winter months, and viewers can expect more of what they’re used to, as the show’s line-up is unchanged.
ITV confirmed on Friday that the panel of judges will remain the same, after Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and David Walliams have all signed up for another year. On the presenting front, stalwart pair Ant & Dec will return as hosts once more.
Simon Cowell will return in 'Britain's Got Talent'
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Collabro have been crowned the winners of 'Britain's Got Talent'. The boy band were closely followed by Lucy Kay in second place and Bars & Melody in third.
The eighth season of Britain's Got Talent has wrapped up and the winner announced on Saturday (7th June). Boy band Collabro was crowned the winner. Opera singer Lucy Kay came second and Bars & Melody were the runners up.
Alesha Dixon judges Britain's Got Talent.
Collabro is a boy band with a particular interest in musical theatre and consists of 20-year-olds Richard Hadfield and Matt Pagan, 24-year-olds Michael Auger and Thomas Redgrave and Jamie Lambert, aged 23.
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The reality series 'Britain's Got Talent' has broken world records by becoming the Most successful reality television format. The Guinness World Record's website confirmed the news on Monday (7th April). The show has spawned 59 versions worldwide including series in the US, Afghanistan and Iceland.
Britain's Got Talent has set the Guinness World Record for being the most popular reality television format in the world, having been adopted by 59 different shows worldwide. The announcement was made today (7th April) on the Guinness World Record website.
Simon Cowell created the format for Britain's Got Talent.
Britain's Got Talent was first broadcast on ITV in 2007 and an eighth series is expected to air this year. The format, which was created by Simon Cowell, has been used in versions worldwide. Cowell serves as a judge on the UK version of the show and an executive producer on the US version.
They beat out another talent show star for #1.
TV talent show winners haven’t been so successful of late; think The X-Factor’s James Arthur and The Voice’s Leanne Mitchell. But Britain’s Got Talent Winners – Richard and Adam – have topped the U.K album charts following their third-place finish on Britain’s Got Talent.
In doing so, they beat another talent-show product, x factor runner-up Jahmene Douglas, off the top spot. Richard and Adam’s profile was raised somewhat when a woman ran on stage to throw eggs at Simon Cowell for his influence on the music business.
Their album - The Impossible Dream - features hearty renditions of The Power of Love, Unchained Melody, Amazing Grace and Ave Maria. "It's amazing - you've made our Nan extremely happy, so thank you to each and everyone of you who's bought the album," Adam told the Official Charts Company.
Continue reading: Richard And Adam Living The Impossible Dream After Britain's Got Talent
She thought she was really sorry, but it turns out she's only a little bit sorry
The public apology following Natalie Holt’s eggy protest against Simon Cowell on the Britain’s Got Talent final seemed to draw a line under the matter, but having reconsidered her apology, the 30-year-old violinist has decided to take it right back.
“I planned to do it once the song was finished but I got a bit nervous and went slightly early, she explained of her stunt. “I sincerely apologise for overshadowing their moment as well as to anyone watching who felt that their evening’s entertainment was marred or even ruined,” she added, before a vital caveat was revealed. “However, I am not sorry for pelting Simon Cowell with eggs. I think he has too much power and influence in the entertainment industry. I felt that, on behalf of musicians everywhere, this is an institution and a man that needed standing up to.”
Holt claims she has received messaged of support from many high-profile musicians who, for reasons we can all probably understand, are “unwilling to express their support publicly”. She said: “I don’t dislike Cowell personally, I don’t like what he represents.”