Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions will be starting tonight (Saturday, August 31) on ITV at 8pm. The show will be running for two hours and sees former contestants from BGT as well as other iterations of the Got Talent franchise from across the world battling it out each week. Each constant will be hoping to be crowned the ultimate winner of Britain’s Got Talent. The winner will be taking home a cash prize and the highly-coveted Champions trophy.
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Judges Amanda Holden, Simon Cowell, David Walliams and Alesha Dixon will be back to offer their discerning feedback to the acts.
Hosting duo Ant and Dec will be on hand to present the show and speak to the contestants as they get ready to perform.
The first show will see a total of nine acts performing: Ashleigh and Sully, The Nelson Twins, Connie Talbot, Bello and Analiese Nock, Bad Salsa, Kseniya Simonova, Boogie Storm, The Sacred Riana and Paul Potts.
Former runner-up Susan Boyle will sadly not be performing in the show despite being announced earlier this year.
She recently participated in an all-star version of America’s Got Talent and although she didn’t win, she made it into the top five.
There will be a total of six episodes in Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions which will be airing weekly.
Each week of Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions will see a group of former acts – either winners, runners-up or memorable contestants – taking to the stage.
Once they’ve performed, the judges will choose to put one act through via the Golden Buzzer while the studio audience will vote on the second one.
There will be a total of 10 acts in the final and they will be eyeing up the trophy.
The show has been pre-recorded and won’t be live, which means the winner has already been determined.
BGT: The Champions was filmed earlier this year at Wembley Stadium with people queuing up to go in.
Speaking about bringing the all-star edition of BGT to screens, head judge Simon explained: “I love the idea that we could do something which is different.
“Having done the American show, it’s a very different kind of competition between an international act entering your main show and then representing their country on Champions. There is a very different mindset.”
Teasing what viewers could expect, he said: “It feels epic! The stage is huge and the acts have to rise to the occasion, and boy have they!
“Everything seems bigger and better, it’s amazing to see. “It’s the acts who come back, it’s the crazy things that have happened, the unexpected things over the years, that took us to this place.”
He added: “It’s not just the format that’s the success, it’s the people.”
After the final of Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions, fans will be getting a special series of The X Factor featuring former contestants.
Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions airs on ITV tonight at 8pm