Published: Thu 13 Dec 2012
Amended: Mon 24 Dec 2012
Simon Cowell returns for Britain’s Got Talent 2013
Award winning show back with hosts Ant & Dec and Judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon & David Walliams.
He’s back! Simon Cowell will return to the Judges Desk for the seventh series of Britain’s Got Talent on ITV1, it has been confirmed today.
After a hugely successful series in 2012, the same team reunite with multi-award winning Ant & Dec as hosts, while Simon is joined again by Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams for the show that puts a smile on the nation’s face.
In a thrilling finale to the 2012 series, Simon’s dream of a dancing dog emerging victorious came true when Ashleigh & Pudsey were crowned the winners.
Since their win in May which was watched by a peak of 14.5 million viewers, the talented duo have performed in front of Her Majesty The Queen at the Royal Variety Performance, appeared on America’s Got Talent, been guests on The Jay Leno Show and Pudsey has even penned (or pawed) his autobioDOGraphy. The duo will also appear in a Christmas Pantomime.
From a series that was packed with outstanding talent, Britain’s Got Talent runners-up Jonathan & Charlotte have seen their debut album go Gold; Only Boys Aloud have just released their first album; and group the Loveable Rogues are currently putting the finishing touches to their initial release.
Simon Cowell says: “I loved doing the show last year, the new panel worked really well and I’m very happy they have all agreed to come back. Last year was a special year for talent and I hope that in 2013, off the back of an amazing year for Britain, we find another global star.”
Amanda Holden adds: “I’m thrilled to be back on Britain’s Got Talent. It’s the best fun ever and I love it! I'm not even going to try to be cool about the fact that I'm back! I'm over the moon!”
Alesha Dixon says: “We had an incredible series in what has been a fantastic year for Great Britain, the talent blew us all away and I can't wait to see what delights next year brings.”
David Walliams adds: “My Simon and I are going to be together again. I’m delighted to confirm I will be a judge on Britain’s Got Talent again next year. I am so happy I could cry.”
Ant says: “You think you've seen it all then a man with a saucepan on his head turns up! We can’t wait to see who or what turns up this time.”
Dec adds: “Simon was the happiest I have ever seen him when Ashleigh and Pudsey won! I’m not sure we’ll ever see him as happy again – so that’s the challenge Great Britain, show us what you've got!”
The Judges Auditions Tour starts in the New Year visiting five cities, and for the first time auditions will be held at the famous home of variety entertainment – The London Palladium.
Judges Auditions Tour Dates:
16 & 17 January 2013 – Millennium Centre, Cardiff
19 January - The Oval, London
20-23 January – The London Palladium, London
28 January – Clyde Theatre, Glasgow
2-3 February – Lowry Theatre, Manchester
8-10 February – The ICC, Birmingham
The competition is open to anyone of any age. To enter this year’s competition visit:www.itv.com/talent. In a new initiative for 2013, ‘Star Scouts’ has been introduced – giving members of the public the chance to help Britain’s Got Talent uncover the brightest stars of the future. Fans of the show can recommend undiscovered talent that they think the world needs to see and if they are the first person to introduce producers to the act that ultimately wins the series then they will receive a prize of £10,000.
Expect the unexpected on Britain's Got Talent, anything goes from dance troupes to acrobats, magicians to comedians and dancing dogs to mind-blowing contortionists. The show is open to any performer of any age, from any background, with any talent - all they need is a skill and star quality which they think will impress the Judges.
Britain’s Got Talent is the highest rating entertainment series on British television this year and recently the show’s YouTube channel smashed the billion views barrier.
Britain’s Got Talent was named Best Talent Show at the TV Choice Awards in September.
Britain’s Got Talent is a Thames/Syco production for ITV1.