First look at new BGT judging panel as Amanda, David, Ashley and Alesha sit 2m apart on separate desks


THIS is the first look at the new Britain’s Got Talent panel as the judges sit two metres apart on separate desks.

Amanda Holden, David Walliams, Alesha Dixon and Ashley Banjo stick to coronavirus guidelines in the pre-recorded semi finals.

Judging panel David, Alesha, Amanda and Ashley stick to the coronavirus guidelines

Former winner Ashley, part of dance troupe Diversity, is Simon Cowell’s replacement judge after the mogul, 60, broke his back in three places.

But producers decided Amanda, 49, was the obvious choice to take the top job and she will now have a deciding vote if she, Ashley, 31, David Walliams, 49, and Alesha Dixon, 41, are evenly split over an act.

A source said: “It makes total sense for Amanda to be head judge with a deciding vote in a deadlock situation.

“She’s the only one, other than Simon, who has been there since Day One and has seen it all.

Amanda Holden has been promoted to head judge on Britain’s Got Talent after Simon Cowell broke his back

Amanda Holden will now be the deciding vote in her boss’ absence

“She cannot wait for the responsibility boost and is certainly going to take it in her stride.”

Amanda and Simon were the show’s original judges, alongside Piers Morgan, when it first aired in 2007. That series was won by opera singer Paul Potts.

Alesha and David joined the ITV show in 2012, replacing David Hasselhoff, 68, and Michael McIntyre, 44, who had served on the panel for one series.
Simon, 60, is missing the pre-recorded semi-finals, which start tomorrow night, after he broke his back in three places last month.

He had a metal rod inserted into his back after falling off a powerful electric bike at his home in Malibu, California.

He hopes to return for the show’s live final, which will air on ITV in October.

US pop star Kelly Clarkson took his place on America’s Got Talent when they filmed the show’s finals last month.

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