Britain’s Got Talent’s Alesha Dixon ‘devastated’ show is cancelled until 2022
Alesha Dixon said she would be "devastated" if Britain's Got Talent was to be cancelled in 2021, saying it would be "a wake-up call".
The 42-year-old, who is one of the four judges on the show alongside Simon Cowell, David Walliams and Amanda Holden, sadly will not appear on our screens again this year together.
It comes after bosses at ITV made the decision to cancel the show until next year amid the coronavirus pandemic as the UK continues to live in lockdown.
Before ITV announced the news on Friday, Alesha said it would "devastate" her, however she would "understand".
Speaking to Metro.co.uk last week, she admitted before ITV cancelled the show that she didn't know if it was going ahead or not.
She said: "We’ve all got our fingers and our toes crossed and we know the producers are fighting to get the show on the air but at the same time, the most important thing is the safety of contestants, people that work on the show.
"And if it’s not safe to do it or we can’t make the show in the best way possible to deliver the best show we can, then it may have to be pushed back."
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The star then said she would be "devastated" if it didn't happen but added: "I’ll understand why and I’ll have to make peace with that."
Alesha also told the publication that if coronavirus does cause the show to be cancelled that "it's just another wake-up call to how devastating this virus is".
She said: "It’s just another wake up call to how devastating this virus is and how it’s affecting everybody’s lives and livelihoods."
ITV made the announcement that the should would not be airing this year on Friday.
The statement read: "Despite everyone at ITV, Thames and Syco doing their best to make it happen, and with our absolute priority of safeguarding the well-being and health of every person involved in the programme from judges, hosts and contestants to all of the crew and audience, the decision has been made to – unfortunately – move the record and broadcast of the 15th series of Britain’s Got Talent to 2022."
It continued: "BGT is known for its diversity of talent with big dance groups, wonderful choirs and lavish orchestras at its heart, and it has become clear that not only is it not possible to film auditions with these types of acts in a secure way but also that they are not able to adequately rehearse and prepare safely."
The show sees performers of all kinds compete to win a cash prize and an opportunity to perform at the Royal Variety Performance.
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