BRITAIN'S Got Talent's plans to air this spring have been scrapped – with ITV bosses now hoping to air it in the autumn instead.
Auditions for the series – one of the channel's biggest shows – traditionally happen in January with the series airing in April and May.
However, PM Boris Johnson's announcement of a new national lockdown has meant that the shows have had to be postponed indefinitely.
Strict coronavirus restrictions will stay in place until the February half term at the earliest, causing bosses to scrap plans for auditions, which usually take place all around the UK.
TV bosses accepted it was no longer feasible for people who leave home for the audition stage.
The Mirror reports that acts had been due to perform in front of a special socially-distanced audience at the London Coliseum from 17 January.
One insider told the paper: “Safety has to be our priority and it's simply not feasible or sensible to ask members of the public to travel in order to audition at this time.
"While we'd love to make the series and bring some much-needed cheer to the nation in the coming months, it's just not going to be possible."
The show was set to see the return of Simon Cowell, who was forced to abandon his role in the last series of the show after breaking his back.
The 61-year-old telly and music mogul was replaced as a judge in the live finals by Diversity star Ashley Banjo, 32.
A spokesperson for BGT said: "The filming for the 15th series of Britain's Got Talent has been postponed from its proposed record dates in late January.
"With the announcement of the latest Government health guidelines and with our priority of safeguarding the well-being of everyone involved in our programmes we, together with the production teams at Thames and Syco, have taken the decision to move the record and broadcast of the forthcoming series."We will confirm revised dates in due course."
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