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ITV announces Britain’s Got Talent will return in less than two weeks despite coronavirus lockdown

ITV have announced that Britain's Got Talent will return to our screens in less than two weeks despite the coronavirus lockdown.

The show have already filmed the auditions for the show and will air them as planned - despite the future of the live shows hanging in the balance.

An announcement on Twitter reads: "Confirmed: Britain's Got Talent returns Saturday 11 April at 8pm on ITV #bgt @antanddec."

Last week ITV confirmed that the upcoming live episodes of Britain's Got Talent hang in the balance amid the ongoing international coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement, the channel revealed that "the Britain’s Got Talent audition shows are due to be broadcast in the next few weeks as planned" however a decision had yet to be made on the live episodes which determine the winner.

"We are also working with our production colleagues to see how we can make the BGT live shows work in an ever-changing situation and we will update on this in due course," they concluded.

The news comes after ITV also confirmed that they would air Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway for the first time ever without a studio audience, and that they would be postponing the upcoming live episodes of The Voice.

Carolyn McCall, ITV's CEO, said: "This week has seen an escalation in the impact of the coronavirus with the Government ramping up measures and recommendations that are having profound implications for people and organisations across the UK.

"All businesses are being deeply affected and ITV is no exception, but as a Public Service Broadcaster we remain committed to doing everything we can to continue to provide news, drama, entertainment and factual programmes to our viewers to keep them informed about this crisis and to offer them an escape from it."

Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly held an emergency meeting with ITV bosses over the future of their hit primetime show Saturday Night Takeaway.

The long-running series involves a large studio audience and encourages participation throughout the hour-long episode.

The show went ahead for one show without a studio audience and the following week Ant and Dec presented a best of show from home.

The crisis meeting came just days after Ant and Dec, both 44, confirmed they wouldn’t be flying out to Walt Disney World in Florida with 300 prize winners as part of the show’s grand finale.

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