Britain’s Got Talent 2012: YouTube users to audition online

Members of the video-sharing site will be able to upload routines and judge their fellow users

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This year, for the first time, Britain’s Got Talent hopefuls will be able to submit audition videos online, to be judged by their fellow YouTube users. 

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Starting today (and ending on Sunday 22 January), contestants of all ages will be able to upload videos of their weird and wonderful acts onto the talent show’s dedicated YouTube channel.

And from Monday 6 February, the rest of the YouTube community will be able to watch the submissions, after a shortlist of acts is revealed via a live stream direct from the Britain’s Got Talent stage.

Users will then have seven days to vote for their favourites, with the most popular winning the chance to do it all again for real in front of the judges, including Simon Cowell.

Meanwhile, on Saturday 18 February, YouTubers will be able to watch footage of the Britain’s Got Talent auditions from Birmingham, the first time YouTube has featured coverage before it was shown on TV.

The full Britain’s Got Talent panel was confirmed earlier this week, with Simon Cowell returning from America to line up with Amanda Holden and new judges David Walliams and Alesha Dixon.

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The show is currently set to return in mid-March.