What we can expect from BGMT 2017 by Stephen Mulhern
Just when we thought Britain’s Got More Talent couldn’t get any more unbelievable, host Stephen Mulhern has revealed that the new series will be more crazy than ever!
With BGMT due to bring back the bonkers on Saturday, here’s what the star of stage and screen had to say about what we can expect from the spin-off show...
1) More madness
We all know Stephen loves a bit of craziness - especially with David Walliams - with the host revealing: “We had this woman on who does dog yoga, so obviously there’s no better person to be the dog than David, so we did all the positions in her book. I swear some of the positions are shocking and I’ll be amazed if they all get on the telly! There was another moment when I was dressed as Bruno Mars, when the Judges arrive it’s always nice to hit them with something they’re not expecting. Alesha loved it, Amanda couldn’t get her head round it, David was chasing me round the building trying to get my clothes off me and Simon just looked at me and went, ‘No!’.”
2) More Handy Mandy
We’re thrilled Amanda Holden will be back with more Handy Mandy this series, but we’re not sure the BGMT crew feel the same! With the team often having to help out during the sketch, Stephen confessed that there will be more torture for them this time around: “We have Handy Mandy back this year where Amanda aims to sort out issues for viewers. One of them was a man who says his wife tells him that labour is one of the worst pains a woman can endure but he thinks it’s no worse than banging your toe. So we got a machine which simulates labour and hooked one of the crew up to it, if you press a button it gives the person the same feeling of a contraction. Amanda had the control and this poor boy got tortured! I said to the producer afterwards that we need to get him a present! He was screaming like a banshee and Amanda just wouldn’t stop!” Ouch…
3) More Judges
Speaking of what he’s got planned with the panel, Stephen said: “We’ve had so many great moments. For example, we gave Simon an America’s Got Talent paddle and a Britain’s Got Talent paddle and the questions were things like, ‘Who’s had the most plastic surgery? Who gives you the best gossip?’. He loves all that. There’s other things we get like, and I don’t know if anyone knows this, but Simon had never heard of Face Swap. So I showed him what it is by getting him and David to sit side by side and swapped their faces. He was studying it for about 15 minutes, he just didn’t get it. He asked me to do it again, so I did, but he just didn’t get it! You see the judges like you’ll never see them on ITV, which is what stands us apart.”
4) More Ant & Dec
Teasing some of the games he’s got planned with Ant & Dec, Stephen claimed: “The guys are so generous with their time when it comes to More Talent, it’s incredible. One of the games we did with them this year was pitting them against each other in the style of old game shows, like Mastermind. Ant’s specialist subject was Dec and vice versa, it’s mind blowing what they know about each other. It’s amazing to watch. I was asking questions that I genuinely didn’t think they would get like, ‘What was the present Ant bought Dec three years ago for Christmas?’, bang, got it straight away. I wrote the questions so I made sure there was no chance they could have seen them beforehand. It was amazing.”
5) But… STILL no Golden Buzzer
Despite being the host of BGMT for eleven years, Stephen still won’t have a Golden Buzzer this year. Sad face. He noted: “It’s got to the point where I don’t know whether I’ve lost the will, I’ve tried and tried and tried. I had an idea where I’d start with a bronze buzzer and if I pressed it then the contestant would be guaranteed a place on More Talent, but Simon said, ‘Yeah...great!’. I’ve got an idea though which we’re hoping to do with the Judges. When they predict who they think will win, normally it’ll be written down and shoved in an envelope. This year we want to get them to film themselves on their phones and then we’ll play them during the Live Shows. But, with the prediction, they have to give us something personal of their own, if they get their prediction right then they get to keep that item, if not, we give it to charity or destroy it! So I’m hoping Amanda will give us one of her dresses and Simon might give us a car!”
It seems we are in for a treat… BGMT kicks off this Saturday, 15th April, on ITV2 at 9.25pm!