ITV has cancelled the 2021 edition of Britain’s Got Talent with the next series now planned for 2022.

ITV announced in January that the show’s auditions would be delayed from their usual January start due to concerns about keeping the production COVID safe.

But a joint statement by ITV and makers Thames and Syco, has now confirmed that the 2021 show will not go ahead at all.

The statement said: “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.

“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. Safety has to come first and, as a result, the recording of the show can’t currently go ahead as planned.”

Jon Creamer