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BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT coming soon to ITV1 and ITV2
Picture Shows: L-R Alesha Dickson, Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and David Walliams
Picture Caption: Britain's Got Talent Judges wow the crowds in Manchester
Fans of Britain's Got Talent together with the national and local media were out in force in Manchester today (20 January) as the new Britain's Got Talent Judging Panel arrived to start their auditions tour.
Simon Cowell, David Walliams, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden all walked the red carpet for interviews and made time to meet and greet fans - stopping to sign autographs and have their pictures taken.
Popular presenters Ant & Dec also delighted fans when they arrived, spending time talking to fans as well as the media.
The Judges are in Manchester for two days in their quest to find the best talent in Britain.
Announcing his return to Britain's Got Talent earlier this month, Simon Cowell said: "I want find the next generation of talent in 2012. Different and new acts, younger and better talent...it's the year of the Olympics, it's a big year for Britain, we are going to be in the world's spotlight and I want this show to be back in the world spotlight."
This year's winner of the hugely popular series receives a massive £500,000* (of which Simon Cowell has personally put in £250,000 of his own money) and will appear at the Royal Variety Performance 2012.
The sixth series of Britain's Got Talent returns to ITV1 in the Spring.
Notes to Editors:
*Last year's winner received £100,000 and performed at the Royal Variety Performance 2011.
Britain's Got Talent was one of the most watched shows in 2011.
Britain's Got Talent - official website: www.itv.com/talent
Judges Auditions Tour Dates:
The Lowry, Manchester: 20 and 21 January
Winter Gardens, Blackpool: 24 January
Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff: 28 and 29 January
The Apollo, London: 6, 7, 8 February
Festival Theatre, Edinburgh: 11 February
The ICC, Birmingham: 17, 18, 19 February
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