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Britain's Got Talent live shows 'may not air until the winter'

When are the Britain's Got Talent live shows?

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Britain's Got Talent's live shows may be delayed until the winter, it's been claimed.

ITV previously confirmed that the series would be broadcasting its pre-recorded audition stages as usual, concluding last weekend.

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However the semi-finals, which were to air in the last week of May, will take place later in the year.

While it was recently reported producers were hoping to go ahead with them in September it's now been rumoured they may not air until the winter.

"With measures still in place and lockdown only just starting to be released the plan is now for BGT lives to return at the end of the year," a source told the Daily Star newspaper.

They added: "With the X Factor on ice for 2020 there is a Syco-shaped hole in ITV's schedule so this would fit perfectly."

As yet there is no official date for when the Britain's Got Talent live shows will take place.

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In a statement about the situation, ITV said: "We have been working with the brilliant production teams at Thames and Syco to find a way of making the live finals work, which were due to be broadcast at the end of May.

"However, in light of the latest government health guidelines and in line with our priority of safeguarding the well-being of everyone involved in our programmes, production of the live shows cannot go ahead as planned.

"The live finals will therefore be broadcast later in the year."

Countless other TV shows have been impacted by the current lockdown restrictions.

The Voice UK has also postponed its live shows to later on in the year while the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest was cancelled completely.

The summer season of Love Island has also been axed while Strictly Come Dancing is facing significant changes in order to make it work.

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The BBC are said to be looking at filming the series without an audience and using double eliminations to allow for a shorter run.

But one show that is set to go ahead is the aptly titled Masked Singer which ITV has announced will be back for a second series.