Britain’s Got Talent is a British television talent competition that is part of the global Got Talent franchise created by British producer Simon Cowell. The competition is broadcast on ITV every year in late spring – early summer. The show premiered on June 9, 2007 following the success of America’s Got Talent, originally scheduled for 2005, but a dispute between the broadcaster and its originally intended host resulted in production being put on hold for two years. Each year, contestants of any age can audition for the TV competition with any talent they wish to showcase. The auditioners are eager to impress the judges – currently Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alicia Dixon and David Walliams. In the rounds, contestants aim to impress the public and the judges in order to secure votes and advance to the final for a chance to win cash and a seat in the Royal Variety Performance in front of the British Royal Family. As of 2019, the show has thirteen winners ranging from musicians and singers to entertainers, magicians and dancers.
Britain’s Got Talent averaged 9.9 million viewers per season, the show’s third season finale drew a record 17.3 million viewers, garnering an audience share of 64.6% at the time of its broadcast. Each episode of the main program is accompanied by Britain’s Got More Talent, presented by Stephen Mulhern. A spin-off titled Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions, featuring the same judges and hosts, was later produced and broadcast in 2019 following the success of America’s Got Talent: The Champions. The program is designed for the period up to 2024.