Simon Cowell confirms that Britain’s Got Talent live shows have moved to Hammersmith Apollo


Simon Cowell has confirmed that the Britain’s Got Talent live shows have moved to Hammersmith Apollo.

Simon Cowell
Simon Cowell

This spring sees the return of the nation’s favourite variety talent show, Britain’s Got Talent, celebrating 12 years on our screens. And with no shortage of variety or talent, the judging panel have been surprised, charmed and moved to tears by a whole host of acts whilst looking for 2018’s winning performance.

Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams return once again to their rightful thrones on the judging panel with Ant and Dec on hand and waiting in the wings to provide support and congratulations to each of the acts performing for the judges, the live audience and viewers at home.

For the first time in BGT history, the live shows will be broadcast live from Hammersmith Apollo.

Talking about the reason to move the live shows from a TV studio to a theatre, BGT boss Simon Cowell said: “It has to be in a theatre and I’ll tell you why.

“We go into a studio and make it look like a theatre, it’s like buying a Mini and trying to make it look like a Rolls Royce! There’s something about the theatre element. So whenever we do the live shows in a studio, something, that gloss, glow, whatever you want to call it, is missing for me.”

David Walliams, Alesha Dixon, Simon Cowell and Amanda Holden.
David Walliams, Alesha Dixon, Simon Cowell and Amanda Holden.

Simon added: “So I’m thrilled because this year I have got my own way… again.”

Judge Alesha Dixon continued: “I’m actually looking forward to us going to the Hammersmith Apollo. I’m looking forward to the fact we’re doing the live shows in a theatre. I think it’s going to create a different atmosphere. And, I’m not just saying this, we’ve been spoilt for talent this year.

Alesha added: “There comes a moment at the end of every audition tour where we turn to one another and ask if we’ve found enough good people. We get a bit scared and it’s not until the lives when you get that reassuring moment that it’s all good. But this year, I don’t want to jinx it too much but it just feels good.

Alesha Dixon
Alesha Dixon

“I’m really impressed by the level of talent, the unique acts we’ve had and I’ve fallen in love with magic because it’s been shown to me in different ways I’ve not seen before.

“The dance acts are strong, the singers are strong, it’s a very varied, colourful, exciting year. The great news is that it still feels strong, still feels like we’re on a roll and still feels like an event people look forward to and embrace when it comes back around.

“We can’t wait for people to see it.”

Britain’s Got Talent airs on Saturday 14th April, 8pm on ITV.

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