Britain's Got Talent IS "sort of" becoming World's Got Talent, admits David Walliams

...and it doesn't look like a European Union exit would change that

David Walliams

Britain's Got Talent 2016 judge David Walliams has acknowledged that the show is morphing in to 'World's Got Talent' - and it doesn't look like a Brexit would change that.

In recent years the ITV talent contest has been accused of featuring too many acts from around the globe, and the issue has resurfaced again as Britain prepares to go to the polls later this year to decide whether it should remain in the European Union.

But the judges once again brushed off the criticism when asked if a 'leave' vote would end foreign involvement in Britain's Got Talent at a press event for the new series yesterday.

"The thing is, it’s sort of become World’s Got Talent this show," David admitted. "That puts us in a very special place. I hate to think we wouldn’t have people from around the world, because they set the bar higher.

"It’d be quite tough if you’ve got one person from Spain and you said, 'sorry, you can’t enter'."

Amanda Holden also rubbished the suggestion that it's unfair for acts with established careers in other countries to enter Britain's Got Talent.

"The competition is open to everybody and I think that there’s opportunities for absolutely everybody," she said. "Anybody that’s talented - or not - can come on Britain’s Got Talent. It’s a public vote."

The comments came after it was revealed that acts who have WON Got Talent in other countries are among those who have tried out for BGT this year.

However, while BGT has featured its share of foreign acts - such as Hungarian shadow dance group Attraction, who won in 2013 - British hopefuls have also been trying their hands at global versions of the show.

Last year, British comedian and ventriloquist Paul Zerdin was voted champion of the tenth season of America's Got Talent.

Britain's Got Talent returns to ITV on Saturday at 7.00pm.

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