Britain's Got Talent

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Britain's Got Talent
Britain's Got Talent logo.svg
Genre Reality, talent show, entertainment
Created by Simon Cowell & Syco TV
Presented by Britain's Got Talent:
Ant & Dec
Britain's Got More Talent:
Stephen Mulhern
Judges Simon Cowell
Alesha Dixon
Amanda Holden
David Walliams
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 10
Producer(s) Syco
Running time 60-90 minutes (inc. comms)
Original channel ITV
Picture format 16:9
Original run 9 June 2007 – present

Britain's Got Talent is a British television show on ITV and part of the Got Talent series. The show is presented by Ant & Dec.[1]
There is one series each year; the most recent being the tenth series. The four judges of the current series are: Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and David Walliams.[2]

The winner of the show performs in front of the Queen at The Royal Variety Show and receives a cash prize of £250 000.

Judges and presenters[change | change source]

The show started in 2007 with Ant & Dec hosting and Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan as judges. The same format was kept until the end of Series 4, when Piers Morgan announced his departure from the show. In series 5, David Hasselhoff and Michael Macintyre joined the panel, but they both only stayed for one series. In 2012, they were replaced by David Walliams and Alesha Dixon. The current panel is made up of Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams. Stephen Mulhern has been presenting the spin-off show Britain's Got More Talent since series 1.
The show has also featured guest judges (judges who weren't permanent and most likely filled in for an ill or late judge.) Model and actress Kelly Brook was the first guest judge in 2009. Simon Cowell originally planned to keep her permanently, but she was sacked after the show's producers believed that the show would be too complicated with four judges. In 2010 and 2011, Louis Walsh filled in for fellow ''X Factor'' judge Simon Cowell on two occasions because he was ill. In 2012, singer Carmen Electra filled in for Amanda Holden at the audition stages because she was mourning the miscarriage of her baby. In series 10, David Walliams' mother, Kathleen Williams, filled in for Simon Cowell because he was running late.

Winners[change | change source]

There have been 10 winners of the show to date. The winners so far have been:
Series 1 (2007)- Paul Potts (an opera singer)[3]
Series 2 (2008)- George Sampson (a dancer)[4]
Series 3 (2009)- Diversity (a dance group)[5]
Series 4 (2010)- Spelbound (a dance group)[6]
Series 5 (2011)- Jai McDowall (a singer)[7]
Series 6 (2012)- Ashleigh and Pudsey (a dog-dancing act)[8]
Series 7 (2013)- Attraction (a shadow theatre group)[9]
Series 8 (2014)- Collabro (an opera singing boy band)[10]
Series 9 (2015)- Jules O'Dwyer and Matisse (a dog-dancing act)[11]
Series 10 (2016)- Richard Jones (a magician)[12]

References[change | change source]

  1. REPORTER, MAIL ONLINE (2015-01-29). ""No rest for the wicked! Ant and Dec get back to work filming BGT after scooping Best Entertainment Presenter gong at NTAs for the 14th year in a row"". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2016-05-29.
  2. Percival, Ashley (28/09/2015). ""'Britain's Got Talent' 2016 Judges Revealed, With Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams All Returning"". The Huffington Post UK. Retrieved 29/05/16.
  3. ""Britain's Got Talent Paul Potts" publisher= Who'll Win". Retrieved 29/05/16.
  4. ERIKSEN, ALANAH. ""Hasn't he grown! Britain's Got Talent 2008 winner George Sampson looks older and wiser at Street Dance 2 3D Premiere"". Daily Mail. Retrieved 29/05/16.
  5. ""Diversity Win Britain's Got Talent 2009!"". POPSUGAR.. 30/05/09. Retrieved 29/05/16.
  6. ""Spelbound win Britain's Got Talent"". Metro. 05/06/09 url=
  7. Sperling, Daniel (04/06/2011 url=""Jai McDowall wins 'Britain's Got Talent'"". Digital Spy..
  8. ""Ashleigh and Pudsey Britain's Got Talent final"". BBC. 2012-05-13 url=
  9. Owen Tonks, Rob Leigh (2013-08-06). ""Attraction win Britain's Got Talent 2013: Final as it happened, with videos of winning performance plus Simon Cowell egging"". Retrieved 29/05/2016.
  10. ""Collabro win Britain's Got Talent"". BBC. 09/06/14 url=
  11. Debnath, Neela (02/06/15). ""Britain's Got Talent 2015 final: Jules O'Dwyer and Matisse WIN this year's competition"". Sunday Express. Retrieved 29/05/16.
  12. ""Magician Richard Jones wins Britain's Got Talent"". The Guardian. 28/05/16. Retrieved 29/05/16.