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Britain's Got Talent premiere date announced

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Emmy Griffiths
TV & Film Editor
5 April 2017
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It has been confirmed by Radio Times that the 11th series of Britain's Got Talent will premiere over Easter weekend on Saturday, 15 April at 8pm. David Walliams, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and Simon Cowell are all confirmed to reprise their roles as judges on the popular talent show, while Ant and Dec will host. Chatting about the show on Up Late with Rylan, Amanda said: "[Simon] did put on his Twitter that he loves me and Alesha so much that he would like us back year… we'll be back! It was literally that [first] series after a couple of days Paul Potts came on stage. Ten years ago you wouldn't think they'd be making a movie about him."

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Ant and Dec will be presenting

Simon has previously spoken fondly about his fellow BGT judges, telling Closer: "I hate to admit it, but David is very welcome back next year. The whole panel is! We all like being on the show, and that's what's important. They are about as good as we're ever going to get. We actually considered transferring them all on to X Factor at one point, but their egos, if I ever suggested it, would be unbearable!"

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The filming of the upcoming show hasn't been without its share of drama, as it was revealed that Simon leapt on stage to help a singer named Luke who had collapsed during his audition. An audience member told The Sun: "His granddad died that day and combined with the stress of auditions, it really got to him. It was incredibly scary. Luke was singing with his mum and suddenly he just fell. All of the judges jumped to their feet, and Simon rushed on stage." The music mogul then thanked the audience for "being compassionate" as they got help for the contestant.

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