Simon Cowell promises there's less singers on Britain's Got Talent 2015

 Britain's Got Talent 2014 winner Collabro

Simon Cowell has promised that the Britain's Got Talent judges have chosen fewer singers for the live semi-finals of its new series.

The talent contest has frequently been criticised by viewers in recent years for featuring too many singing acts - some of whom could have instead taken part in other music-focussed shows such as The X Factor or The Voice.

And it seems Cowell has finally decided to address the complaints, as he's hinted that we can expect more variety in this year's line-up.

Speaking at a press conference to launch BGT's ninth run yesterday, the 55-year-old said: "There’s less singers this year. Obviously we know who’s in the finals.

"It was a bit top-heavy last year, but it’s more evened out this year, so we do listen."

Of the eleven finalists in the previous series, five were singing acts - including eventual winners Collabro (pictured), who have since released a chart-topping album.

The panel - Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams - chose 40 acts for this year's semi-finals from a shortlist of successful auditionees at a deliberation day in London last month.

They will join the five who received a 'golden buzzer' - which the judges can press to give a guaranteed semi-final place to an act regardless of what the others think.

Britain's Got Talent returns to ITV this Saturday night at 8.00pm.

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