Britain’s Got Talent premiered in the UK in 2007, with ITV crossing its fingers for a big Yes from UK audiences. Seven years later and Simon Cowell’s entertainment format is the most successful reality television show franchise in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
The record is based on the number of international adaptations the show has spawned, with a total of 58 spin-offs spanning Europe, Asia, Africa and North and South America, including recent versions in Kazakhstan, Iceland, Moldova and Brazil.
Got Talent’s eclectic mix of aspiring singers, dancers and performing dogs massively outstrips previous record holder Strictly Come Dancing, with the BBC ballroom dancing competition – known internationally as Dancing with the Stars – currently syndicated to 38 countries.
“I am very proud that Got Talent is a homegrown British show,” Cowell said in a statement about the record. “We owe its success to a group of very talented producers all over the world who have made this happen. And of course amazing talent.”
Britain’s Got Talent returns to ITV on Saturday 12 April at 7:15pm