Britain’s Got Talent format shake up – everything you need to know ahead of new series

Britain’s Got Talent format shake up – everything you need to know ahead of new series

April 16, 2022

Britain’s Got Talent returns to our screens this weekend and there’s a whole new format.

After two years off screen, the ITV competition will return on Saturday 16 April as Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon, David Walliams and Amanda Holden search for the next big talented star.

The long-running show has introduced a new segment to make the show more exciting for fans, called Golden Moments.

In the special new segment, the judges will surprise a member of the public who has been nominated to appear on the show by family or friends.

Ant and Dec will return as hosts and Ant McPartlin has opened up about the exciting new additions to the show.

He said: "There's also something new to look forward to this year, it's called Golden Moments, where each judge surprises an unsuspecting act that's been nominated without their knowledge and invites them to interview on our iconic stage at the London Palladium."

Simon Cowell revealed that the idea for the new feature on the show came from surprising a class of school children as the teacher had applied on behalf of the children to Britain’s Got Talent.

"The idea came about because a couple of years ago, it was like – there wasn't any sort of great plan, just someone said to me, will you go to this school and tell the school kids that they actually are going to be on Britain's Got Talent because they didn't know," he explained to The Mirror.

"I turned up at the school, they had no idea what was going on and I said to them, your teacher has applied for you to be on the show. It was really exciting and it was really fun. About a year ago, one of the producers said how about we do that with all of the judges, so we surprise someone in all different ways and tell them that someone has applied for them to be on the show."

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He added: "There were four surprises, each of us had one to do. It was brilliant and we've called it a Golden Moment."

David Walliams admitted that the fans would love the new segment and it was a great thing to do to surprise regular people, he added: "It was a very nice thing. If Simon got a good reaction, you can imagine the reaction I got! It was really sweet. The Golden Buzzer moment is such an euphoric one that you really want a moment like that in every show, so I think this is a really brilliant thing."

However the Golden moments format does not give contestants an automatic spot in the final like Golden Buzzers do, he explained: "It's just something else we like the idea of doing. We all enjoyed doing it, it was really fun for everyone."

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