Britain’s Got Talent 2020 semi-finals are airing tonight with their first-ever virtual audience amidst the global Covid-19 pandemic.
The exciting talent show was meant to be held in May but will now be taking place over five pre-recorded episodes, with viewers tuning in via video call.
There will be eight contestants performing in each semi-final episode. One of the winners on each semi-final will be chosen by the panel of judges, while the second will be chosen by a public vote when the episode broadcasts.
Due to safety concerns around the global Covid-19 pandemic, some acts will take part remotely via video link and others will perform in the TV studio, including with the virtual audiences’ reactions being beamed into the studio on a giant screen.
Having arrived for filming in London on Friday the Britain’s Got Talent dancers will join the contestants in the pre-recorded semi-finals, wearing reflective gold boiler suits and protective masks they hope to wow the virtual audience.
Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly will host the semi-finals, with the pair forming a ‘cohort,’ which means that they do not have to be socially distanced from each other.
Also appearing in the series are judges Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon, David Williams, and Ashely Banjo. Simon Cowell will be absent from the semi-finals after breaking his back due to an electric trail bike accident.
Bosses have included strict new social distancing measures for the filming of the series, which includes the four judges being placed in their own separate desks that are two metres apart, due to Covid-19 virus safety measures.
The reality series will then end with a live final where one act will be given the title of Britain’s Got Talent 2020 Champion and winning a £250,000 prize, as well as a role on The Royal Variety Performance.
Make sure not to miss out on the excitement as Britain’s Got Talent airs on Saturday, September 5th at 8pm on ITV.