Britain's Got Talent 2012 gets a TOWIE make over!

Britain's Got Talent

The judges aren’t the only thing that's changed on this year's Britain's Got Talent, with a revamped show that feels more like an episode of TOWIE than a reality talent show.

We were invited to an exclusive preview screening of the new look series, which premieres tonight, earlier in the week for a first glimpse of what to expect.

And it's certainly different.

Amongst the changes are many more backstage clips and scenes, with reactions from the backstage crew, and other acts as auditionees take to the stage.

This year the audience get more screen time too, with one-on-one chats with the crowd to get their reaction to the talented (and not so talented) performers that take to the stage.

The new series openers with a performance from show host Ant and Dec, who are seen leading a huge Britain's Got Talent flash mob across London, lip-syncing to Queen's Don't Stop Me Now.

We are then invited into the wannabe's bedrooms, as we see them discussing their impending audition with family and friends.

There are even cameras in their cars they drive to the auditions, although the wooden acting and prompted lines make Amy Childs seem like an Oscar winning actress.

With ratings down over the last two years and tough competition from The Voice this year, it's clear that the show's producers are trying hard to win back fans, and it could work.

The new series seems to feature more acts and less filler, while hosts Ant and Dec are on top form as they watch on from the sidelines with Harry Hill TV Burp style commentary of the acts on stage.

Simon is just as we like him: Nasty and as blunt as ever, Amanda has clearly upped her game with two new judges joining the show this year; Alesha Dixon and David Walliams.

Alesha blends into the background at the start but her feisty personality comes out when her dancing experience is questioned by one act.

David meanwhile is as funny as ever, poking fun at everyone throughout the opener, which is fortunately all taken in good humour.

The premiere also sees a guest appearance from Carmen Electra, who - it appears - has been cut in the edit in a similar fashion to Cheryl Cole’s disappearance on The X Factor USA.

Suddenly Amanda doesn’t seem too bad after all.

Britain's Got Talent 2012 starts at 8PM tonight ITV1.

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