Britain’s Got Talent returns for its 13th series this April, promising to be jam-packed with more talented (and not-so-talented) folk from across the UK (and probably beyond).
The multiple award-winning series, which has brought international fame to hopefuls such as Diversity, Susan Boyle and Tokio Myers, is a sure-fire spring ratings smash for ITV, with last series’ final scoring over 10 million viewers.
The 13th series is also set to see host Anthony McPartlin return to our screens full-time alongside co-presenter Declan Donnelly, after taking 2018 off following a stint in rehab for alcohol issues.
So when exactly is the Simon Cowell-backed series returning to our screens this year, and who can we expect to see behind the panel? Here’s everything you need to know…
When is Britain’s Got Talent 2019 on TV?
BGT judge David Walliams has confirmed that the 13th series will start on Saturday 6th April on ITV at 7:15pm.
Is Ant going to be back with Dec to present Britain’s Got Talent 2019?
Yes, after stepping back from his television hosting duties in April after he was convicted of drink-driving, Ant is returning to host Britain’s Got Talent. He’ll once again join Dec for the show’s live auditions, which are filmed in January 2019.
The pair were pictured together, looking all smiles ahead of filming on 18th January.
Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly arrive at The Royal Palladium for Britain’s Got Talent auditions on 18th January 2019 (Getty)
The judges are also pleased to have Ant and Dec reunited for the latest series.
“This year has been so lovely,” said Amanda Holden. “The live shows were not the same without Ant.”
“It’s been like getting the family back together, it just feels normal,” agreed Alesha Dixon. “We’ve been working together for so long now that when we’re together it just feels right.”
David Walliams added, “It was lovely to see when they stepped back on the stage together in London how excited people were to see them together. It was really emotional and I was pleased for them. It was just how it always was.
“Ant and Dec are really nice blokes and they are ‘what you see is what you get’ type of people. It’s not like they have a persona that’s different to how they are on TV, that’s why people love them so much, they’re just so natural and themselves. It was nice being back together.”
“I actually think we’ve gone past that stage of even having those conversations where they all think I make the decisions on who stays and goes,” Cowell joked about the line-up. “I just think we’re all kind of stuck with each other now!”
Britain’s Got More Talent host Stephen Mulhern agrees, believing the line-up will remain the same for several years to come.
Speaking to Christine Lampard in for Lorraine last year, he explained, “The judges have been the same for seven years. I don’t think they’ll change for the next two, three, four years.
“It just works, everyone gets on and everyone has a good time.”
Britain’s Got Talent judges 2018: David Walliams (Syco/Thames/ITV, FT)
However, David Walliams has hinted the next run of the show may very well be his last, as his contract is due to run out this year.
“I have one more year, and then my contract is up. [After that?] We shall see,” he told heat! magazine.
When do the Britain’s Got Talent’s live shows start?
The live BGT shows usually begin in the eighth and final week, so at this point we can assume they will kick off on Monday 20th May, running nightly until the Friday, with the final likely on the following Saturday or Sunday.
“It has to be in a theatre and I’ll tell you why,” explained Simon ahead of BGT’s 12th series in 2018. “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.
David Walliams, Anthony McPartlin, Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Declan Donnelly and Alesha Dixon at Britain’s Got Talent auditions in 2018 (Getty, EH)
“So whenever we do the live shows in a studio, something, that gloss, glow, whatever you want to call it, is missing for me. So I’m thrilled because this year I have got my own way…again.”
Whether they’ll be back at the Apollo after the technical difficulties of last series remains to be seen…