Britain’s Got Talent won’t return to ITV for the live shows until the winter, insiders have told Daily Star Online.
TV bosses had initially hoped that the show could return late summer to early autumn – with Amanda Holden letting slip last month a tentative date had been pencilled in.
However, insiders close to the show have now conceded that a live show in just a matter of months is all but a pipe dream.
Instead, they now expect it will air in the winter – and even then a live audience may not be present.
A source told Daily Star Online: “It was initially hoped that after a short break of a matter of weeks the BGT live finals could have come back in the summer.
“However, with measures still in place and lockdown only just starting to be released the plan is now for BGT lives to return at the end of the year.
“With the X Factor on ice for 2020 there is a Syco-shaped hole in ITV’s schedule so this would fit perfectly.”
The insider explained how crisis talks have taken place with a number of ideas being talked through but no set plans have yet been agreed.
“Discussions have taken place already and one idea about how to get the show over the line is to not have a live audience and just have the judges and Ant and Dec hosting,” the insider explained.
“It’s possible that BGT finals week could return at the start of November and lead into I’m A Celeb… but everything really is up in the air.
“The only certainty is that it won’t be too close to Christmas.”
Currently the BGT pre-recorded live auditions are airing on ITV.
The show was filmed at the start of the year in London and Manchester well before lockdown was announced by Boris Johnson and the UK government.
A rep for Britain’s Got Talent has been contacted by Daily Star Online for comment.