For the first time in its 14 year history, the 2020 Britain’s Got Talent live finals are set to go ahead without a studio audience.
A source told The Sun: ‘ITV bosses are having to plan for every eventuality and as it stands, the BGT live shows won’t be filmed with an audience.
‘If guidelines change and they can get in a crowd using social distancing, they’ll consider it.’
They added: ‘BGT bosses know they can keep production values sky high and that while the audience have some role to play, most of the reaction comes from the judges.’
The source claimed that at present the only people in the studio will be a small crew and the judging panel made up of Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams.
The live shows are usually recorded at either a purpose built studio or arena. The 2019 finals saw the show move to the Hammersmith Apollo which has an audience capacity of around 3000.
To make up for the reported lack of audience, show bosses have promised with ‘bigger and more daring’ acts.
No dates have yet been released for when the live shows will air however it is likely they will happen late summer. The X Factor; which usually fills this slot is being rested for 2020.
How do you think the show will work without an audience? Will you be glad of the quieter approach or will you miss the lively atmosphere created by the audiences?
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