Simon Cowell first judge to hit the Golden Buzzer at Britain's Got Talent 2017 auditions

Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell has become the first Britain's Got Talent 2017 judge to hit the Golden Buzzer at the show's auditions.

Filming for the show's eleventh series is now underway at the London Palladium, with Simon, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams all back on the judging panel.

Also returning is the Golden Buzzer, which each judge and hosts Ant and Dec can press once to send an act straight through to the live shows, regardless of what the others think.

And tonight it was used for the first time this year by Simon himself.

The show's official Twitter page revealed the news with a very brief video from Amanda.

"Oh my God, Simon has just pressed his Golden Buzzer! I cannot wait for you to see it!" she grinned.

This is a somewhat surprising development, as Simon tends to pick his acts very carefully. Indeed, he was last to hit the buzzer in 2016.

Simon's golden picks have included young hip-hop duo Bars & Melody, singer Calum Scott and Boogie Storm, a group of dancing stormtroopers.

Unfortunately we won't find out who's joining that list for a while, until the show returns to TV in the Spring.

Therefore, the remaining hopefuls now have just four more guaranteed spots in the live shows to compete for.

The auditions tour moves to Birmingham later this week, before concluding in Manchester between 9th-11th February.

Britain's Got Talent 2017 will start on ITV in April.

An official launch date is yet to be confirmed but the series typically launches the second Saturday of the month.

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